The National Park Service recently started the process for issuing a competitive solicitation for a long-term lease to operate three golf courses and a tennis center in Washington, DC. The three golf courses had previously been operated under concession contracts. NPS issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on how to improve the three golf course operations. NPS is requesting interested entities to discuss how the overall playability and aesthetics of the courses could be enhanced, the optimal length of the lease term, how the courses and tennis courts can remain affordable to all players and how the facilities can be used by youth and underserved communities.
Under the applicable law, to offer a lease, NPS must first determine that the proposed activities under the lease are not subject to authorization through a concession contract, commercial use authorization or similar instrument. The terms of NPS leases, however, are not subject to the same requirements and limitations as NPS concession contracts. In addition, competitive proposals for NPS leases are also not evaluated under the same criteria as concession contracts. When selecting the best proposal in response to a lease opportunity, NPS uses the following criteria:
-The compatibility of the proposal’s intended use of the leased property with respect to preservation, protection, and visitor enjoyment of the park;
-The financial capability of the offeror to carry out the terms of the lease;
-The experience of the offeror demonstrating the managerial capability to carry out the terms of the lease;
-The ability and commitment of the offeror to conduct its activities in the park area in an environmentally enhancing manner through, among other programs and actions, energy conservation, waste reduction, and recycling; and
-Any other criteria the request for proposals (RFP) may specify.
Responses to the RFI are due by December 21, 2018.