Happy campers: Caliente project upgrades transform Willow Campground

On a balmy, slightly overcast Saturday morning, Caliente Construction, Inc. Project Superintendent Curt Burnley gazed upon the latest completed project at White Tank Regional Park and gushed with pride.

“There are several ‘first-of-its-kind’ amenities at this project,” he said. “From the dishwashing station to the pre-fab shower building, this is a state-of-the-art campground!”

The culture of excellence that defines Caliente was on full display with Curt Burnley and Project Engineer Jackie Lewis representing the Caliente Team at the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the Willow Campground at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

The amenities Curt spoke about further include concrete tent pads, hammock hanger posts, dark sky light fixtures, an upgraded bathroom building,  and welcome information kiosks.

According to R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director, the Willow Campground site was designed and built with those campers in mind who want to be fully immersed in nature and do not want to pitch their tents near large RVs.

“This is the largest regional park in Maricopa County and one of the largest in the U.S.,” Curt said. “Almost 300,000 visitors come each year. If you’ve never seen the waterfall trail after a monsoon, you’re missing something incredible. I’m so proud of the work Caliente performed.”

An especially joyful moment for Curt was showing guests a bench in honor of his mom, Bonnie Mae, who died of cancer while the project was under construction. A fitting tribute to Curt, who undoubtedly takes great pride in the quality of work Caliente delivered on this particular campground.

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