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New Request for Cliff Park Proposals

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Date: September 6, 2012
Contact: Cindy Branley, 570 420 9782

BUSHKILL, PA: Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that the National Park Service has issued a new Request For Proposals (RFP) for a 25-year lease for the Cliff Park Inn hotel, restaurant and nine-hole golf course (Commercial Use) within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The property is located at 155 Cliff Park Road, in Dingmans Township, Pike County, just outside of Milford, Pennsylvania. "We continue to make every effort to find an appropriate, new operator for this unique property," said Superintendent Donahue.

The RFP provides the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to submit proposals by November 16, 2012, to the National Park Service (NPS) to lease a federal property. The leasable portion of the property contains 59.03 acres of land. The nine hole, par 35, golf course sits on approximately 45.3 acres. The buildings and properties included in the lease are identified in the RFP. The most prominent building is the Cliff Park Inn hotel and restaurant, a four-level, 14,244 square-foot structure with 12 guest rooms, including two suites. The new lessee will be authorized to operate a hotel, restaurant, and bar, and will be required to operate and maintain a golf course.

The National Park Service purchased the Cliff Park Inn and Golf Course, and approximately 500 acres in 2003, to protect the property from development. Fifty years ago, Harry Buchanan, the former Cliff Park owner, made a promise to make it part of the park. If the property had been sold and developed for housing, the public would have lost access to the trails, the inn and the golf course forever. When the National Park Service acquired the Cliff Park property, it was obligated to honor the seven-year lease which encumbered the property. The lessee was required to complete all maintenance and repair in exchange for a $1.00 (one dollar) a year rent. However, under the prior lease, the historic property was not maintained properly and the NPS has spent a substantial amount of money to remove oil tanks and other hazardous materials.

The NPS is looking for an operator willing to invest in a long-term business opportunity and not simply consume the property and its amenities for short-term profit. As an incentive to the right party, the NPS has agreed to accept $1.00 (one dollar) annually for rent for the first ten years of the lease instead of the appraised rental income. The appraised rental income represents almost two-thirds of the investment needed to make the inn, restaurant and golf course fully operational. A Fair Market Rent Value Analysis will be completed near the end of the first ten years to determine rent for the second ten years of the lease and another Fair Market Rent Value Analysis will be completed near the end of the second ten years to determine rent for the final five years of the lease.

"Harry Buchanan was dedicated to keeping Cliff Park available for future generations, and that is exactly what the National Park Service wants to see happen," Donahue added. "We plan to re-instate normal operations at the inn and golf course at the earliest possible date, but not before the long term future of this important site is guaranteed."

The updated RFP is available on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/dewa/parkmgmt/historic-leasing.htm Viable, interested parties may arrange to make an inspection tour. For additional information, please contact CIndy Branley at 570 420 99782 (e-mail)

Did You Know?

Sketch of a dam with forests on the river banks.

... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...