The National Park Service (NPS) selected Jenny Lake Boating, Inc. to provide boat shuttle service, scenic interpretive boat tours, and boat rentals on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE022-08. NPS Intermountain Regional Director Michael D. Snyder made the announcement today, December 18, in Denver, Colorado. The contract becomes effective as of January 1, 2008, with a term of 10 years.
Jenny Lake Boating, Inc. was the current provider of boat shuttles, boat tours, and rental services under the terms of a 5-year concession contract that took effect in 2002. Jenny Lake Boating, Inc. was given a one year extension to provide visitor services through the 2007 summer season, during which time the NPS issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for a new concession contract. The NPS accepted proposals for this contract opportunity through August 6, 2007.
“We are pleased that Jenny Lake Boating, Inc. was awarded a new concession contract by the Regional Office,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “They have provided outstanding visitor service throughout the term of their previous contract, and their current proposal for the new contract confirmed their exceptional commitment to safety, protecting park resources, and providing quality visitor experiences,” remarked Superintendent Scott. “We look forward to the next ten years while continuing our positive working relationship with Jenny Lake Boating, Inc.”
Jenny Lake Boating, Inc.’s proposal was selected under the provisions of 36 C.F.R. §51.16(c). The National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 made a number of changes in how concession contracts are awarded with the intent of insuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
The NPS solicited offers for this business opportunity and received four offers. A review team of industry experts and NPS employees analyzed the proposals based on criteria specified in 36 C.F.R. Part 51.
Guidelines used to evaluate the proposal can be found at: http://concessions.nps.gov/policy.cfm.