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Parkway Announces Contract Award for Peaks of Otter

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Date: April 19, 2013
Contact: Laura Nelson, (828) 348 3407

Blue Ridge Parkway Acting Superintendent Monika Mayr announced today that Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Peaks of Otter, Inc. has been awarded a concession contract for management of Peaks of Otter Lodge, Restaurant and Retail Stores at Parkway Milepost 86 near Bedford, VA.This concessions contract will be issued for a term of 10 years.In addition to the Lodge, Restaurant and retail stores, Delaware North will operate the Sharp Top Shuttle service.

Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts currently operate concessions contracts at flagship national parks; including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Shenandoah National Park.

Parkway management is encouraging Delaware North to reach out to employees and the community and introduce themselves and their plans as soon as possible. The Parkway is optimistic the Lodge will reopen early this summer.For further information about Delaware North and plans for Peaks of Otter, please contact Dana Marciniak at 716-858-5763.

For additional information on the award of this contract, please contact Laura Nelson, Concessions Management Specialist, at 828-348-3407.

Parkway management is evaluating options for future operations at Bluffs Lodge and Otter Creek.

To learn more about Blue Ridge Parkway please visit www.nps.gov/blri

To learn more about Delaware North please visit www.DelawareNorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

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