The National Park Service (NPS) selected Flagg Ranch Company, an affiliate of the Grand Teton Lodge Company, to provide lodging, food and beverage, campground, retail, service station, and other related visitor services in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway under concession contract JODR002-11. NPS Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels made the announcement today in Denver, Colorado. The contract will begin November 1, 2011 with a term of 15 years.
Under the new contract, the NPS will require Flagg Ranch Company to undertake a number of projects, which include upgrades to some lodging rooms, the addition of camper cabins and a coffee shop, and the replacement of the diesel and unleaded gas pumps.
The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway—a separate park unit that adjoins Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in northwestern Wyoming—is managed by the superintendent of Grand Teton National Park.
“We are pleased that Flagg Ranch Company was awarded a new concession contract by the Regional Office,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “We look forward to working closely with Flagg Ranch Company to usher in a new era of expanded and improved services for visitors to the Rockefeller Parkway.”
International Leisure Hosts, Ltd. currently provides visitor services at Flagg Ranch under a concession contract that took effect in 1990. International Leisure Hosts did not wish to continue services at this location and declined to submit a proposal for the new concession contract.
The NPS solicited proposals for this business opportunity through a prospectus issued August 17, 2010. Proposals were accepted through March 21, 2011. A review team of industry experts and NPS employees analyzed the proposals based on criteria specified under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The 1998 Act made a number of changes in how contracts are awarded with the intent of insuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
Guidelines used to evaluate proposals can be found online at www.nps.gov/commercialservices.