NEWS: On November 9, the National Park Service updated its projections for releases of prospectuses through December, 2017 (previously posted on October 13). This update included information on three projects in the Pacific West Region: The lodging, food and beverage, and retail contracts at Crater Lake National Park and Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and the ferry contract to Alcatraz within Golden Gate NRA. Among the projects are marina operations within Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Washington, D.C.; Fire Island National Seashore; and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. We also project releasing prospectuses for food and beverage and retail operations in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Yellowstone National Park; a major river rafting contract at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; lodging, food and beverage, and retail operations on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; expanded boat tour operations at Biscayne National Park; and service stations/fuel sales in Yellowstone National Park. Other projects include new operations at Muir Woods National Monument and Everglades National Park. We also have included a concession contract for substantially expanded food and beverage operations within the underground visitor center at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch in St. Louis). We have revised the projections to make the information more understandable. For additional information, please contact us at NPS Commercial Click here to view a list of projected prospectus releases.

Selection and award is a critical phase of the commercial services contract planning and development process. By law, all contracts are issued through competitive selection based on the weighted principal and secondary selection factors.

Principal Selection Factors
  • The responsiveness of the proposal to the objectives, as described in the prospectus, of protecting, conserving, and preserving resources of the park area.
  • The responsiveness of the proposal to the objectives, as described in the prospectus, of providing necessary and appropriate visitor services at reasonable rates.
  • The experience and related background of the offeror, including the past performance and expertise of the offeror in providing the same and similar visitor services as those to be provided under the concession contract.
  • The financial capability of the offeror to carry out its proposal.
  • Franchise fee and other forms of financial consideration to the Director. (This factor is subservient in weight to the prior four selection factors.)
Secondary Selection Factors
  • The quality of an offeror's proposal to conduct its operations in a manner that furthers the protection, conservation, and preservation of the park area and other resources through environmental management programs and activities including, without limitation: energy conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. (If contract is < $100k, this is an optional factor; if it is > $100k, then it is required.)
  • Specific to the Park (if needed).
  • Specific to the Park (if needed).

Click on the links to the left to view open solicitations for NPS concession contracts.