Couple takes ownership of Oakdale Park

Mark Wilson
This photo shows a honeymoon trip photo of RV fanatics Philip Vasquez and Luci DiGiorgio posing in front of their Airstream RV after they married. They are the new owners of Oakdale Park in Glen Rose.

The paperwork has been finalized, and Luci DiGiorgio and her husband Philip Vasquez are the new owners of Oakdale Park in Glen Rose.

The contract was signed Friday, Sept. 25, ending the city of Glen Rose’s longtime ownership of the RV Park, which features the Oakdale Convention Center and The Spash (public swimming pool), at 1019 N.E. Barnard St. in Glen Rose.

Last Friday evening, the new owners hosted a small get-together at Oakdale, featuring a toast to their new start. Among the attendees was Erath County resident Ruth Buzzi (a former star of the classic TV comedy show “Laugh In”) and her husband, along with most of the current City Council members.

The celebrants toasted the occasion with a champaign toast.

“We are thrilled that we were finally able to take possession of Oakdale Park last Friday,” DiGiorgio said this week. “It’s such a gem. The phone has been ringing off the hook.”

“We’re just thrilled,” Vasquez said. “We can’t believe we’re actually the owners of Oakdale because it’s a significant park, history-wise.

“I told the group (in attendance Friday), you can’t really own Oakdale Park — we’re just the caretakers until the next owners come along. It’s the only private park in the country that’s on the National Registry of Historic Places.”

Oakdale Park opened in 1925 as a campground and motor court, along with the swimming pool. There are approximately 120 RV spaces with full hookups and about two dozen cabins.

In addition to already owning a vintage RV park in Hico called Off the Vine, Vasquez and DiGiorgio operate Longhorn Ranch west of Chalk Mountain. DiGiorgio is a real estate agent, and Vasquez is an attorney with a general law practice, with an office in Stephenville.

But the couple will now reside at Oakdale Park as they focus their attention on that as their primary business. Vasquez said he will be searching for a new law office space in Glen Rose. Managers will run Off the Vine for them in Hico.

“We feel truly honored and privileged to continue ownership of this historic park,” DiGiorgio said. “It is truly the ‘gem of Glen Rose’ and we hope to not change it but improve it.”

In addition to themselves, they will have three full-time employees along with some “work campers” as well.

The couple will continue to host bluegrass music that has been a tradition at Oakdale Park for years, and they will also welcome a variety of other musical performers to the Oakdale Park outdoor stage as well.

DiGiorgio noted that she is originally from Queens, New York — where the two dinosaurs at Dinosaur Valley State Park were created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

Vasquez is a ninth-generation Texan from Washington, D.C.

Fourteen years ago, they met after Philip returned to Texas from Washington. They married while living in Fort Worth, and moved to Hamilton County in Texas after purchasing the Hico RV park — formerly known as Easy Does It — in 2018.

DiGiorgio noted their longtime mutual love of RVs, stating that they eloped in an Airstream RV and married on a camping trip to New Mexico. And Oakdale Park was the first park they ever camped in when they began RVing.

The new owners are aiming to have an official grand opening on May 1, 2021.

“Our plan is to spend the next five and a half years ramping up to the centennial (of the park),” Vasquez said.

DiGiogio and Vasquez have three daughters and one son.