We have camped at Sparrow Pond for three years. We keep returning because Sparrow Pond is friendly, safe and secure. The grounds and buildings are well maintained the sites are spacious. They could do a better job of cleaning the lavatories and showers. There are many planned activities on site during the summer and Sparrow Pond is close enough to numerous activities in Erie including shopping, dining, Splash Lagoon water park, the Erie Zoo, Waldameer and best of all, Presque Isle State Park.
We prefer the sites in the loop by the reception/recreation building, restrooms and pool rather than the ones in the section by the pond and tubing hill. This area is prettier and has more grass and trees.
I have walked through the tent camping section but never saw anybody in there until our first trip this year, May 16-20, 2012. This part of Sparrow Pond is unattractive and inconvenient as there are no water spigots unless they are well hidden. A Boy Scout troop from a church in Erie set up camp in the entire area and had a big time. If you are not with a good size group, I recommend spending the extra dollars and pitching your tent on a site with water and electricity in a nice part of the campground.
When we made our reservation for the May trip, which was not pre-season, we should have been warned that an oil well was operating over by the pond between the restrooms and the tubing hill. Glad we don’t stay over there! During the week, work began at around 7:15am and was heard throughout the campground. It was noisy, ugly, dirty, and as you neared the site, smelly. We were told that it would be gone by Memorial Day and saw evidence that the removal process had begun. When we returned for our second visit August 21-26, 2012 returning home on the 27th only a huge, dirty, dusty area and some kind of a building remained.
We chose the August dates because they had a Bluegrass Festival on the 24th, 25th, and 26th. It was poorly planned. I didn’t hear any music on Friday between 5pm and 10pm but was told that one band played for about an hour. Music was to start at noon on Saturday but did not start until later in the afternoon due to several no shows. There was no gospel music following the 10am non-denominational church service starting at 10am. The music was supposed to continue until 5:00 pm.
We recommend Sparrow Pond. It has lots of great qualities. However, chose your site carefully and skip the Bluegrass Festival.