When you hear the word testosterone, what comes to mind? Many folks think of a large, muscle-bound man who is too aggressive and macho. Of course, that stereotype is untrue. Testosterone plays a role in a man's motivation and vigor, but it does much more than that. The truth is that testosterone is crucial for the male body because it affects development from puberty through old age.
As your primary androgen, testosterone helps develop the characteristics that make you the man you are. Controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus, testosterone helps maintain and develop:
Unfortunately, when your body suffers from low testosterone (also called hypogonadism), you'll start to notice concerning symptoms that affect every aspect of your life.
This is a question we get all the time at Rank One Medical. Though the true answer is nuanced, the bottom line is that aging is most often the reason for low T. Every man who ages will most likely have lower testosterone than younger men. Other causes of low testosterone include prescribed medications, drug abuse, injuries, and obesity.
When you lose large amounts of testosterone, it alters your testosterone and estrogen. Low T levels usually result in more abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetase levels to jump. This creates even higher levels of estrogen in your body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, several concerning issues manifest.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:
If you're a man struggling with just one of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. However, the only way to be certain is to have your testosterone levels tested. If your testosterone levels are low for a man of your age, TRT in Vinita, OK, may be the next logical step.
Have you noticed that you don't feel like "you" when you're working or relaxing at home? Do you always feel lethargic or unmotivated, even on your days off? Do you find it challenging to maintain an erection? Many men mistake these symptoms for being overworked or over-busy. Truthfully, though, there's a good chance these are symptoms of low testosterone. Since no two males have the same symptoms of low testosterone, it's prudent to understand and recognize some of the most common signs.
When you have low T, it's not unusual for sex to be unappealing. Crazy, right? If you're one of the thousands of men in the United States suffering from a low sex drive, it might not be you. It could be low testosterone. Don't settle for a mediocre libido - reclaim your sex life with Rank One Medical.
Also called ED, these are two words that every man hopes to avoid. When you're unable to perform in the bedroom, it's not just embarrassing - it can also affect your long-term relationships and even your mental health. ED is a challenging topic to talk about. But it doesn't have to be. TRT in Vinita, OK can help re-light that special spark you've been missing for so long.
Your brain has many testosterone receptors. However, when you're suffering from low testosterone, it can affect your mood. With time, those feelings can lead to serious psychological issues like depression. However, studies show that TRT can help rebalance your hormones, which can lead to improved mood and a life without depression.
When you work hard all day, most men want to come home, eat some dinner, and try to go to sleep. Unfortunately, men with low testosterone tend to toss and turn, even when they're exhausted. Whether you have undiagnosed insomnia or a different sleep disorder, low T could be the culprit.
When testosterone levels lower as we get older, men have a harder time lifting heavy items. That's true even if you're hitting the gym and lifting weights to maintain your muscles. If you're making a concerted effort to keep your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low testosterone.
Do you find it extra challenging to finish normal tasks at work? Do you believe your memory is getting worse? Does your spouse or partner yell about not paying attention to them? Trust us; we've been there. The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can also affect your mind and memory. When TRT brings your testosterone levels back within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues will often go away.
At Rank One Medical, we understand what men go through every day when living with low testosterone. They suffer from low libido, lack of motivation, and often feel abnormal and out of place. But as bad as those are, living with low testosterone can have more severe health risks that put your vital organs at risk.
Some of the health risks you should be concerned with include the following:
When you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may be wondering why. Sometimes, the culprit is having low T. Statistically, men with low testosterone have a higher chance of getting diabetes as they age. In the same vein of thought, men with diabetes are also much more likely to have low T. This fact establishes a relationship between testosterone and diabetes. This relationship is furthered by the fact that men with low testosterone have more challenges resisting insulin. Though TRT in Vinita, OK won't cure your diabetes, research shows that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are usually not as obese.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that you have high blood pressure? Do you have an idea what may be causing your high blood pressure? Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else?
According to research, men with low testosterone have higher chances of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses. Because, when your testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction slows. That, in turn, causes plaque buildup in your arteries. With time, plaque buildup can cause life-threatening issues like heart attacks or strokes.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and are disgusted with how fat you've gotten, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with obesity. If you eat well and exercise like you should but still can't shed embarrassing body fat, low T could be the cause.
Research shows a link between obesity and low T, with testosterone playing an essential role in food metabolism. It's also involved with insulin, glucose, and fat regulation. Thankfully, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, men who use TRT often lose weight and benefit from better blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
When a man has anemia, his body lacks much-needed blood cells, meaning organs have less oxygen to properly function. Normal testosterone levels have been linked to healthy red blood cell counts, so it makes sense that men with low T are at risk of anemia. In fact, a study conducted in 2009 found that aging men with low testosterone were five times more likely to have anemia versus men with healthy testosterone. TRT isn't a cure for anemia, but with healthier levels of testosterone, your body will produce more red blood cells, which can prevent anemia.
Up to this point, we've explained some of the revolutionary benefits of TRT but haven't dug into how it works. TRT does exactly what its name implies: it's a therapy backed by science that replaces low T levels in men.
Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy for men that helps them deal with and triumph over the debilitating side effects associated with low testosterone. Originally created by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown from a little-known treatment to a life-changing solution for millions of men worldwide.
Without boring you with facts and scientific speak, TRT gives your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy T levels, your body isn't able to maintain the natural processes it needs for your well-being. As a matter of fact, men with low T are more likely to develop serious health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Until their testosterone levels are restored, most men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone without hormone replacement therapy like TRT.
With TRT from Rank One Medical, your hormones are rebalanced so your body can finally begin to heal, relieving and even eliminating many of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Unlike some TRT clinics, Rank One Medical takes a comprehensive, careful approach to testosterone replacement therapy. To ensure our patients get the best results in the most efficient time frames, we have developed a 10-step physician-prescribed plan for TRT in Vinita, OK.
You Complete Our Initial On-Boarding Form
You Complete Paperwork Regarding Your Medical History & Physical
You Receive a Lab Requisite Form to Print
You Find the Nearest Quest Lab Center for Your Initial Lab Work
Quest Lab Sends Rank One Medical Your Lab Results for Review
A Physician from Rank One Medical Will Develop and Prescribe a TRT Regimen Tailored to Your Body
Our Physicians Order TRT from a 501 Compounding Pharmacy
The Pharmacy Preps and Ships Your TRT Order to Your Doorstep Within 10 Business Days
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs After 9 Weeks to Review Your Progress
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs Every 4-6 Months for Ongoing Treatment
In addition to our easy 10-step process for TRT, every Rank One Medical patient benefits from our affordable prices and personalized service. After all, every man has a different body, and as such, will need different TRT. Our valued patients also benefit from the following:
Did you know that 13 million men have low T and that 90% of them go untreated by doctors? Living with the harmful side effects of low testosterone is no way to live. If you believe your testosterone levels are unhealthy, it's time to contact Rank One Medical. Living with low testosterone is definitely risky. But with help from our male HRT clinic, you can reclaim your youth and health with TRT in Vinita, OK.
Unlike other TRT clinics, our highly-trained team uses a functional approach to male health, which lets us solve the causes of your symptom instead of putting a proverbial band-aid on them. Ready to get started? We're ready to help you every step of the way. Contact Rank One Medical and make a difference in your life today.
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VINITA, Okla. — A new amusement park is coming to Oklahoma.
Oklahoma state and local officials visited Vinita on Wednesday with the American Heartland leadership to announce the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort in northeast Oklahoma. The park is going to be built in phases just west of the Grand Lake area on Route 66.
The first phase is a large-scale RV park with cabins scheduled to open in spring 2025 and a world-class theme park and resort scheduled to open in 2026.
Officials said the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will rival the world’s top resort destinations. “We are thrilled to make Oklahoma the home of American Heartland Theme Park and Resort,“ American Heartland CEO Larry Wilhite said. “At the crossroads of the heartland, Oklahoma is an attractive location for a family entertainment destination. The state’s business-friendly approach and innovative partnership efforts have helped make this possible. We look forward to bringing unforgettable generational experiences to Oklahoma.”
American Heartland will be a 1,000-acre development with a 125-acre theme park. They said the park will feature an Americana-themed environment with rides, live shows, family attractions, waterways as well as food and beverage offerings. The adjacent 320-acre Three Ponies RV Park and Campground is said to be the largest campground in the central U.S. with 750 RV spaces and 300 cabins plus amenities.
Developers say the 125-acre theme park will feature a collection of six distinctly American lands to welcome guests on a journey through the best of the American story. Visitors will explore the Great Plains, Bayou Bay, Big Timber Falls, Stony Point Harbor, Liberty Village and Electropolis.
The development will also include a top-tier 300-room hotel and modern indoor water park. “American Heartland will be an anchor tourist destination on Route 66 set to attract more than two million out-of-state visitors to Oklahoma each year,” Kristy Adams, senior executive vice president of sales and marketing for Mansion Entertainment Group, American Heartland and Three Ponies, said. “The scale and quality of the development will be unlike anything else in the region, making Vinita, Oklahoma a can’t-miss destination for families around the world.”
“We are pleased that American Heartland Theme Park and Resort has taken the first step and chosen Oklahoma to build a world-class entertainment destination,” said Hopper Smith, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “We look forward to assisting with this project as it develops.”
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A new, 125-acre theme park could be opening in northeast Oklahoma by 2026. Named "American Heartland Theme Park,...
A new, 125-acre theme park could be opening in northeast Oklahoma by 2026. Named "American Heartland Theme Park," the venture could bring as many as 4,000 jobs to the Vinita area, according to the developer, Mansion Entertainment Group.
Based in Branson, Missouri, Mansion's portfolio includes television productions, short films, as well as hosting concerts and theatrical performances at the Mansion Theater for the Performing Arts in their hometown. The venue has hosted artists like Kenny Loggins, Jeff Foxworthy, Bob NewHart, Dennis Quaid and many more.
The company announced the expansion into several of those areas in early 2022, noting plans then to build a movie studio with stages and equipment that would "rival anything in Los Angeles," said CEO Larry Wilhite, a former general manager of the theater.
Here's what we know about the company and those involved in the $2 billion project.
In a July 19 news release from American Heartland, the company announced the theme park in and resort is scheduled to open in 2026 west of Grand Lake on Route 66.
In the spring of 2025, the company says the first phase, featuring a RV park and campground, will be complete. Named "Three Ponies," the space is "prime from travelers and naturist who are looking to reconnect with nature," the company advertises.
A "top-tier," 300-room hotel with an indoor water park is also planned, but no timeline for those venues was given. The "Heartland" amusement park will feature regional themes, like Great Plains, Bayou Bay, Big Timber Falls, Stony Point Harbor, Liberty Village and Electropolis.
"The scale and quality of the development will be unlike anything else in the region, making Vinita, Oklahoma, a can’t-miss destination for families around the world," said Kristy Adams, senior executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Adams added that the company is not currently looking for partners to help finance the park’s $2 billion price tag, either.
The executive director for the creative team behind the park is multi-millionaire Gene Bicknell. A native of Pittsburgh, Kansas, he joined the Pizza Hut franchise network in 1962, just four years after the first location opened in Wichita.
He aggressively expanded after PepsiCo. bought Pizza Hut and took his company public under the name National Pizza Co., later known as NPC International Inc.
Under Bicknell, the company operated hundreds of Pizza Hut locations worldwide, as well as taking over Tony Romas and operating some Wendy's locations, too. He sold the company in 2006 for $615 million, setting off a tax battle with his home state. At the time, NPC operated 790 Pizza Hut stores in the United States.
A tax dispute between Bicknell and the state of Kansas stemmed from where he resided at the time of the NPC sale. Bicknell claimed he moved to Florida three years before the sale while the Kansas Department of Revenue maintained he was living in Kansas during the tax years the sale was made.
An initial review of the matter concluded in 2010 when Bicknell was sent a $41 million a tax bill, including interest and penalties on what was originally a $29 million income tax assessment. He paid that amount three years later, but also filed a lawsuit, with interest growing to $63 million as litigation was ongoing.
“The money is not the issue here, the issue is what’s fair and what’s just,” Bicknell said at the time.
Fast forward to 2022 and Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled in his favor, ordering the state to pay him the $63 million.
Since announcing their expansion into different genres of entertainment, Mansion has been busy. The company has produced "Ozark Mountain Symphony," a TV special playing on American Public Television, as well as a short, animated film titled "Gene's 6th Symphony" that has premiered at film festivals.
Bicknell was a writer for the film and Wilhite, a producer.
Both individuals have extensive backgrounds with audio production, with Bicknell owning several AM radio stations nationwide and hosting the program "Patriot Podcast" and Wilhite performing gospel music at venues throughout the region.
That experience plays into another side of the business: "Mansion Sound." The department boasts a studio with a 96-input configuration on an audio mixing console. According to a 2022 news release, it is the only such console to be installed and in operation worldwide.
According to American Heartland, the creative team features over 500 years of combined experience with Disney and Entertainment experience.
Among them is Steve Hedrick, who has spent half of his 40-year career in the industry working with Disney. He'll be leading a design team that features over 20 former Disney Parks builders and Walt Disney Imagine.
Others include Tom Turley, who has 45 years of experience with planning and development as Disney Land International and Dan Hilsen, who has 30 years of experience as ride engineer with Disney World International.
Located in Craig County, the Cherokee Nation is currently one of the region's largest employers. Leaders with the tribe said they met with developers a year ago, but heard the announced plan through the media.
Mansion spokesperson Kristy Adams sends invites to the official announcement were sent to Cherokee leaders. According to Adams, executives also met last month with the Inter-Tribal Council of the nine tribes based in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, however the Cherokee Nation is not part of the group.
Cherokee officials said they welcome the effort to grow the regional economy. “Cherokee Nation and Chief Hoskin wish the community and the developers well on the project,” the tribe said.
Oklahomans are being warned to pump the brakes on their excitement for a newly announced theme park the size of Disneyland.Officials announced Wednesday that the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort is planned for Vinita just west of Grand Lake. But an industry insider told KOCO 5 that he'd be very surprised if the park comes to reality.| MORE | American Heartland Theme ...
Oklahomans are being warned to pump the brakes on their excitement for a newly announced theme park the size of Disneyland.
Officials announced Wednesday that the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort is planned for Vinita just west of Grand Lake. But an industry insider told KOCO 5 that he'd be very surprised if the park comes to reality.
Dennis Speigel, a consultant and former president of the largest international amusement park trade group, said there just aren't enough people in northeast Oklahoma to justify this size of a project. He also said market saturation and too much competition will limit the American Heartland Theme Park's potential.
Speigel said the 4.9 million visitors per year that American Heartland is projecting is unrealistic. KOCO 5 checked on that.
The 4.9 million visitors would make American Heartland the 10th most popular park in the country – ahead of both SeaWorld parks and all of the Six Flags. Silver Dollar City, which is in Branson and about two hours away from where Oklahoma's new park is planned to be, does about 2.2 million visitors a year.
"It's very easy to get excited about a theme park just because they are exciting," Speigel said. "They provide a lot of entertainment and jobs for people. But they have to be realistic and practical."
Speigel went on to say that he thinks there's a "less than 5%" chance that the American Heartland Theme Park will be built.
KOCO 5 took Speigel's opinion directly to the park, whose spokesperson says he's wrong and that multiple feasibility studies back that up.
American Heartland sent KOCO 5 a statement from local economic researcher Dr. Mark Snead who called the park a "market-altering development capable of shifting family entertainment spending patterns in the region."
Snead also said, "the scale and out-of-state pull ensure it will produce significant direct and spillover economic contributions." He added that the project's developer has already acquired the more than 1,000 acres they need.
The Three Ponies RV Park & Campground plans to open in 2025 followed by the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort in 2026.
A Missouri entrepreneur plans to build a world-class tourist attraction six miles east of Vinita in sparsely populated northeast Oklahoma off Highway 60 — formerly the famed Route 66 — just a short distance from Northwest Arkansas.The 1,000-acre American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will include a 125-acre theme park that officials said will be comparable to top resort destinations, including Magic Kingdom and Disn...
A Missouri entrepreneur plans to build a world-class tourist attraction six miles east of Vinita in sparsely populated northeast Oklahoma off Highway 60 — formerly the famed Route 66 — just a short distance from Northwest Arkansas.
The 1,000-acre American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will include a 125-acre theme park that officials said will be comparable to top resort destinations, including Magic Kingdom and Disneyland.
The development will be in phases, starting with a large-scale RV park with cabins in spring 2025 and the theme park and resort in 2026. Other aspects include a 300-room hotel and a modern indoor water park.
Developers said the project will create over 4,000 jobs and elevate Oklahoma’s tourism industry. The publicity following the announcement has come from coast to coast.
But what, if any, will the impact on Northwest Arkansas be? That’s been a popular question (among many) after the July 19 announcement, which was greeted by excitement and skepticism, notably due to the location and price tag — a reported $2 billion.
THE MONEY MAN The developer is American Heartland, an affiliate of Mansion Entertainment Group, a performing arts, animation and studio brand based in Branson, Mo.
The critical figure is Gene Bicknell, an uber-wealthy businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who is Mansion Entertainment Group’s founder.
Bicknell, 90, made his name (and wealth) through various endeavors. Notably, he once owned the world’s largest chain of Pizza Hut franchises through the company NPC International Inc. In 2006, Forbes reported that Bicknell sold his interest in NPC International to Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. NPC was the largest Pizza Hut franchisee then, with 790 stores in 26 states.
Other Bicknell family members have enjoyed lucrative careers in business and entrepreneurial ventures.
Mansion Entertainment Group’s news release announcing the project estimated the investment to be more than $2 billion. Steve Hedrick is the executive producer of the design team for the project. He told a Tulsa World reporter that Bicknell is the sole funder.
“Right now, we have a financial backer of one,” Hedrick told an interviewer. “And that’s Gene Bicknell. He’s been our benefactor.”
Bicknell was born in Picher, Okla., and made his way as an adult to Pittsburg, Kan., where he remains well known in the region for his philanthropy and his support of the arts, athletics, education and civic initiatives.
The region includes Joplin, Mo., just 20 miles to the east. Toby Teeter grew up in the Joplin area. He was CEO of the city’s chamber of commerce before relocating to Northwest Arkansas in 2021 to become the inaugural director of the Collaborative, a University of Arkansas education and research presence and catalyst to propel the state’s innovation ecosystem in Bentonville.
Teeter wasn’t surprised when he heard about Bicknell’s involvement in the Oklahoma theme park.
“There have been rumors of a Disneyland-type heartland theme park for 20 years,” he said. “I assume those rumors related to Gene. I’m confident he and his team have been noodling on this for decades.”
NWA BENEFIT Teeter said he doesn’t view the American Heartland project as a pie-in-the-sky endeavor, though he was unsure what the economic impact might be on Northwest Arkansas.
“[Bicknell] has the capital and connections to pull something like this off,” he said. “That family does have that kind of wealth. But in reality, it’s no closer [to Northwest Arkansas] than Branson. I don’t know of the economic impact it will have. Maybe some Northwest Arkansas engineers and contractors could get some contracts?
“I don’t know that we are within commuting distance for labor. [But] it will be entertainment, and people in Northwest Arkansas will go check this thing out.”
Molly Rawn is the CEO of Fayetteville’s tourism department, Experience Fayetteville. She also noted the distance similarities between Branson and the proposed American Heartland Theme Park.
“I would expect the impact will be similar,” she said. “It will likely have a moderately positive impact on Fayetteville tourism as families and tour groups sometimes stop in Fayetteville while traveling to and from a theme park destination. Fayetteville’s primary target tourism audience will continue to be Razorback sports, outdoor enthusiasts like cyclists, those seeking live music and theatre, and those seeking authentic cultural experiences.”
Kristy Adams, a Mansion Entertainment Group marketing executive, confirmed that the holding company owns the land near Vinita but did not disclose acquisition details, including the cost.
Developers expect American Heartland to attract more than 4.9 million guests annually to Oklahoma.
AGGRESSIVE GOALS Teeter said American Heartland targeting Oklahoma for development is a significant detail.
Mansion Entertainment Group’s website proclaims it’s “on the verge of becoming the most powerful entity in family entertainment, with its unparalleled expertise across film, television, animation, music, theatre, and family immersive entertainment experiences.”
Teeter said those aspirations square with Oklahoma having the nation’s most aggressive tax credit/cash rebate law for movie production.
In 2021, the Filmed in Oklahoma Act created one of the most competitive film incentives in the nation. Productions can receive a cash rebate of up to 38%. Incentives include operating in a rural community or small municipality, using an Oklahoma soundstage, TV production, multi-film deals and post-production work in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma music.
“I think that’s super relevant to Gene’s development,” Teeter said. “The theme park [renderings] could double as a movie set. I know he has film aspirations, and Oklahoma has gotten super aggressive with cashbacks. That’s why so many movies have been filmed in Oklahoma in the past couple of years.”
Still, others seem doubtful about the project. Dennis Speigel is a consultant and founder of the largest international amusement park trade group, International Theme Park Services Inc.
Speigel told Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV that northeast Oklahoma doesn’t have the population to justify the project’s size. He said the theme park’s potential will also be limited by market saturation and too much competition.
KOCO also reported that Speigel believes American Heartland’s projection of 4.9 million annual visitors is unrealistic.
And, Speigel told the TV station he thinks there’s a “less than 5%” chance that American Heartland will be built.
A spokesperson for the park told KOCO reporters that Speigel’s opinion was wrong and “multiple feasibility studies back that up.”
TULSA — Developers with ties to Branson have teamed up with designers and “Imagineers” formerly engaged by Disney to build a massive theme park, hotel complex, and campground in Craig County, Oklahoma.[Hear our KRMG In-Depth Report on the American Heartland Theme Park and Resort HERE]Dubbed “American...
TULSA — Developers with ties to Branson have teamed up with designers and “Imagineers” formerly engaged by Disney to build a massive theme park, hotel complex, and campground in Craig County, Oklahoma.
Dubbed “American Heartland,” it will include a 125-acre theme park, a 300-room hotel. an indoor water park, and a 320-acre RV park and campground.
The developers have ties to Branson, and the design team reportedly includes twenty former Disney Imagineers and builders.
The theme park, we’re told, will include areas dubbed Great Plains, Bayou Bay, Big Timber Falls, Stony Point Harbor, Liberty Village and Electropolis.
The complex will also host live shows and other attractions, and offer “restaurant-quality food and beverage offerings,” according to a news release.
Senior Executive Vice President of Marketing Kristy Adams told KRMG Wednesday that their founder and CEO both grew up in the area, and wanted to bring this development there to spark economic development.
It’s also strategically located along historic Route 66, and will opening in the midst of the centennial celebrations surrounding the birth of the Mother Road.
She added that the goal is to have a truly world-class experience - without breaking the bank.
“That’s actually the goal of our owner,” she told KRMG. “His passion is to develop a park that brings joy and hope, and that most importantly is affordable for families to attend.”
Asked about staffing, and housing for employees, she acknowledged that those are challenges that have been under discussion since the project first began to take form.
“We think they’re going to come from all over,” she said. “All of the regions surrounding are going to benefit, we’re going to draw employees from all of there.”
“We are exploring housing options and things like that to bring more of that to Vinita so that we have affordable housing there for employees,” she added.
Indeed, they will build the RV park and cabins first, which will help provide temporary housing for the crews building up the theme park, Adams told KRMG.
That RV park should be open by spring of 2025, the entire complex by 2026.