COVID-19 Park Restart Plan-Step 1 Update Graphic

To our valued Sandy Pines Members. We wanted to provide an update after the first 2 weeks of Step 1 of our 3 Step Park Restart Plan. Thank you to all who continue to support us in executing each of these steps. It is critical that Sandy Pines continue to follow the plan to gain confidence from our State, County, and local officials. As we all know, campgrounds are closed. We have worked hard with our State, County, and local officials to allow Member access to our wonderful park.  As with any plan, we are experiencing some wins, improvement areas and additional actions to take place.


  • Members and immediate, single household only accessing the park and their sites
  • Maximum Site Occupancy 8 persons per site meeting above requirements
  • Main Gate and Phase 3 Gate entrance compliance; check in process has been relatively quick and smooth
  • May 1 water turned on prior to Member’s return
  • May 4 staff returned to work
  • May 11 boats in the water with valid State of Michigan registrations
  • May 11 renewals mailed; due date pushed to June 25th
  • Pump outs taking place
  • Open for business – Park and Garden, Dairy Dip and Outback Restaurant and Country Store


  • Members cannot allow Associates, Guests or non-Members to use Member cards to access park
  • New Member Mail Policy will be communicated shortly as staff does not have the PPE or capacity to handle current or future mail volume
  • Social Distancing expectations:
    • Masks must be worn in CC’s as they are enclosed areas with a shared population
    • Single household family members in same golf cart only; we have many instances with non-family members riding in the same golf carts
  • Patience with PSO and Member Services as dates, events, regulations, and expectations change regularly; we will get you answers as soon as we are able
  • May Recreation Events will be communicated on our next E-News


  • Member Card(s) to be shut off, 10-point violation, $100 fine, and $35 Reactivation for non-member using Member card(s) to access park
  • Social Distancing fines (up to $1,500) to be issued
  • Plan may be adjusted at any time including closure of park if needed

Please continue to visit our website at  Additional details of the Park Restart Plan and frequently asked questions can be found at For answers not found online, please contact our Member Service Office at 616-896-8315 x-100 or Public Safety Office at  at 616.896.9006.  I’m also available to help with any questions you may have by email or phone. We will get through this by working together.  Thank you for your grace, patience and understanding as we work together in the best interests of Sandy Pines.

God bless and stay safe!

Park President Signature
Jeff Sweitzer
Park President
Sandy Pines Recreational Community


  1. Sue Buczynski on May 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Jeff and staff,
    I think that you are doing a good but likely thankless job. My Associate Members are missing the park but we all agree that it is the only logical choice. Keep up the good work.

    • Mike Shotwell on May 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      I fail to see the logic in notallowing access to associate members. I am an out of stae owner/member and not allowing access to my daughter, an associate member who lives in GR, means I must arrange for an outside contractor to ckean up my place for the season as I will not arrive in the oark until July.
      Behavior shou lkill d be the operative term, distancing, masks. Etc

      • Jane C Secord on May 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm

        Mike – the park will allow your daughter to help you with clean-up. You just need to contact the office and get permission first. They just don’t want associates to “use” the part right now. But helping a parent is allowed with permission

  2. Patricia A Valone on May 16, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Good luck, Jeff and those of you making difficult and unwelcome decisions. God bless.

  3. Pam Sietsema on May 16, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for all the work you have done to get our park open!! We appreciate you,our board and our staff!!

    Carl and Pam Sietsema

    • Sandy Pines on May 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Thank you! We appreciate your support.

    • Lynn and Paul Bailey on May 16, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      We appreciate all the time and planning that has gone into the opening of the park. We are pleased to be back and know that you are keeping our special place happy in difficult times! God bless all the staff who are doing such an admirable job!

  4. Paul Gamble on May 16, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I don’t understand why an associate cannot come on the weekends the member is not here.

    • Mike Shotwell on May 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      I fail to see the logic in not allowing access to associate members. I am an out of state owner/member and not allowing access to my daughter, an associate member who lives in GR, means I must arrange for an outside contractor to clean up my place for the season as I dont arrive until july.

  5. Jessica Campbell on May 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Question. When we come my 16 year old daughter is typically driving and I am in the passenger seat. We are using my card to get in. I am assuming that since I am in the car this is acceptable. That’s how it worked when she was in drivers training and did not have her own card. If that is not accurate please let me know.

    • PK on May 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      It worked fine for us today. Our permit driver was driving and we were all in the car. The ranger just stepped out to be sure the adult was in the car.

  6. Mary Kalisz on May 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Just happy to be able to BE at our site and get on golf cart once in a while! Stay safe.
    Wish CCs were open until 11:00 PM though. Lol

  7. Erica Lovier on May 16, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Associate members aren’t allowed with their Members? I guess I’m confused.

  8. Tony Spalding on May 16, 2020 at 11:23 am


    Could you please communicate to our members the logic behind limiting the CC’s availability. It forces more people through the same building breaks social distancing practices. If an outbreak was to occur (and I certainly hope it never does), this approach would increase exposure as more people are forced through a CC. Opening the other CC’s would decrease this exposure. Just trying to understand the logic here.

    Thank you!

  9. Heather Bradford on May 16, 2020 at 11:49 am

    This is crazy! All this does is cuts Sandypines overhead. While still saying members are allowed to enjoy the wonderful park. Not true! I was harrased to pay my bill well before the virus, treated like a criminal…to what be able to come to the park and sit on my lot, alone. Be sure that you clean up your lot by said dates cause we are allowed in but done ask your buddy to help or you’ll both get kicked out. This type of park is not here for its members, and the main objective is money.

  10. Heather Bradford on May 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Please everyone make sure to check out the “Actions effective immediately.” WHERE IT STATES THEY WILL ISSUE A 1500 FEE IF YOU BREAK SOCIAL DISTANCING!

  11. Don & Jerri O'Leary on May 17, 2020 at 12:33 am

    Thank you for all you do. Looking forward to this disease being gone, as I am sure you are.
    Stay healthy.
    God bless each of you.

  12. William Klopp on May 17, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    There is a appaernt lack of understanding and lack of enforcing their own rules with the employees and certain members. Not sure why certain people can do what the rest of us can not do. Oh i remember as stated in the Foot Prints, they want the memberships support but dont care what the membership wants! How and who gave the authority to fine a member $1500 for not social distancing?

  13. William Bailey on May 18, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Kudos to Gary Peters and his crew! They’ve done a great job getting the course in playing shape this year.

    Thanks Gary!

  14. Duane T Perry on May 19, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Our ‘member’ is 90 years old and doesn’t get around much anymore. How do us ‘associates’ get in to go about just cleaning up the site for starters?

  15. Etta VanDyke on May 20, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    The campground will be shut down by the state i you do not follow the rules, it is as simple as that, it is the state making the rules.

    • Al on May 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      Actually that is not true and you should check your facts before hiding behind the state for decisions made by the park

    • Al Schober on May 23, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      interesting that my comment did not get approval – so who is censoring the comments

      The state knows nothing about phase 2 bathrooms so them not being open is not the state but the park. So please do not insult us saying the state is making the rules

  16. Kdudzik on May 20, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Heather Bradford, Good for your for speaking your mind!! Unfortunately the board at SP will never take it into consideration!! Reason 1,399 we sold our place !! It has gotten to be such a joke!! All they want is money an more money.. and if you don’t follow the rules you have to pay more money!!

    Good luck to you!!

  17. Etta VanDyke on May 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Keep up the good work staff, we have to abide by the rules or the state will shut us down, is that what you want. Be happy you are in the park and make the best of it.

    • Etta on May 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      If you speed you get a ticket because you did not follow the rules, it is the same here, follow the rules or there are consequences.

  18. Al Schober on May 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I am curious why this section allows comments
    They await moderation
    And yet most seem to go unanswered.
    There are too many methods of communication when they do not result in answers to the membership

  19. Al Schober on May 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I am disappointed in who ever is moderating the comments.
    1 – they do not answer the questions that the membership poses.
    The membership – that is why the park exists

    2 – They allow comments that are mostly flattering to them but block the ones that point out some of the truths.

    I appreciate some of what the administration is doing but to allow the false narrative that the rules are set by the state is a disservice to the state and the membership.
    The state did not say for the CC’s to be closed in Phase 2 so I am sure that some of the other procedures being implemented are not the states rules but the parks. Own your actions

    • Sandy Pines on May 26, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Al, Our Communications Team is responsible for responding to all of our online inquires. We post all comments with the exception of those that contain private information such as site numbers, phone numbers, etc. In those instances, those inquires are sent to the appropriate departments.

      We do not post comments that violate our social media policy, such as those containing lewd behavior or inappropriate language. We only respond to online inquiries during normal business hours of 8 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and due to the overwhelming amount of COVID-19 related inquiries, it can take us a few days to follow up with all inquiries. If you would like an immediate response in the future, please email or call us at 616.896.8315 x112.

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