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National Park Service Begins Process to Develop New Concessions Contracts

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Date: October 17, 2007
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

The National Park Service has just begun a year-long process of developing new contracts for three Olympic National Park concessions, the Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Gift Shop, Lake Crescent Lodge and Fairholme General Store.

This week a contracted team of market and facility condition analysts will visit each of these three concession operations and meet with key representatives from North Olympic Peninsula’s tourism and hospitality industry. Information gathered this week will be used in developing the new contracts.

“Park concession operators provide important services and opportunities for park visitors and are valued partners,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner. “We are excited to begin the process of implementing new contracts for the continued operation of these three popular facilities.”

The Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Gift Shop and Lake Crescent Lodge are currently operated under one contract, now held by Forever Resorts. The Fairholme General Store, located at the west end of Lake Crescent is managed under a different contract, but is currently being operated by Forever Resorts. Forever Resorts holds concessions contracts in other national parks, as well as state parks and national forests around the country.

Once the request for proposals are complete, they will be posted at Federal Business Opportunities website, www.fedbizopps.gov for bid solicitation, targeted for spring 2008. A two to four solicitation period is anticipated, with new contracts to take effect in January 2009.

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