TRVA Small Park Award “2016”

I am the Event Co-ordinator  at Eastgate Park.  I am so excited to nominate Eastgate MH & RV Park for this award.  My husband and I retired Nov 1, 2014.  We arrived at Eastgate on Dec 1, 2014, from Illinois to do workamping.  We arrived fresh from the REAL world of punching a clock to this Wonderful Fantasy World of Retirement.  Eastgate is located in Harlingen Texas at the east end of Harrison and Tyler Ave.  Our proximity to the VA , and Other Hospitals, and Medical offices, makes it an easy commute for residents needing health care.

We are an older park that was established around 1976.  Land was added several times through the years, and is now surrounded by homes and businesses.   No more room to grow.  This also makes our park more established with trees and foliage, a much more homey atmosphere.   Eastgate is comprised of a total of 311 sites, 141 are mobile homes, and 170 are RV sites.

Rich worked in Maintenance and I was in the office with the Managers, Debby and Rick.  They also came down as Winter Texans and decided to stay in the Valley and take the job as Managers several years ago. (document 1)


We felt so welcome in the park by management as well as the MH and RV community.  It was a wonderful year of fun and activity and making friends.   Even as a workamper, we felt welcome and an equal to all the paying residents.  The park itself has a full activity schedule.  We are fortunate to have 2 halls, 2 spas and 1 heated pool.  We have a weekly Jam Session, open to everyone outside the park, as well as Entertainment every Friday, and Dances every Sat.

We were asked back for this season, 2015-16.  Rich again in Maintenance and I as Event Co-ordinator.  Mr. Joe Shannon, the owner and the Management, wanted to provide more outside activities for the residents to enhance their stay in the Rio Grande Valley.  This became a new position.  What a Wonderful Year it has been…….



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