Outdoors

Olympic National Park seeks proposals to operate Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

Olympic National Park is seeking proposals from companies interested in operating Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. The company chosen will be responsible for providing overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, hot mineral pools and swimming pool, campgrounds, and other related services.

Operation of the facilities is currently covered by a contract between the National Park Service and Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services Inc. that will expire Dec. 31. The new contract will be for 10 years, tentatively set from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 21, 2025.

Park managers have scheduled a site visit to the resort for Thursday.

“Park concession operators provide important services and opportunities for park visitors and are valued partners,” park superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a news release.” We are excited to begin the process of implementing a new contract for the continued operation of this popular facility.”

Companies have until July 28 to submit their proposals.

MARITIME GRANTS

The Center for Wooden Boats in Port Townsend and Northwest Seaport in Seattle have received grants from the National Park Service and Maritime Administration.

The center will receive $28,000 to help pay for free public rides on its historic small watercraft. The seaport will use the $87,000 it received to help pay for the preservation of the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss, which is a national historic landmark.

The two state projects were among 35 in 21 states to receive funding through the Maritime Heritage Program. A total of $2.6 million in grants were awarded for maritime history education and preservation projects.

The grants are made possible through a partnership between two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education, according to a Park Service news release. Funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the National Defense Reserve Fleet. The program supports maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring aging vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

SAMMAMISH PADDLEFEST

Lake Sammamish State Park will serve as the site for the Northwest Paddling Festival on Friday and Saturday.

The event is intended to promote all aspects of paddling sports with more than 60 vendors on hand, on-the-water demonstrations, clinics and races.

The festival will run from 2-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

People attending the festival will need a Discover Pass to enter the park. Admission to the event is free to the public. If you want to try out canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards from the beach, there is a $7 fee for the day.

For more information, to go northwestpaddlingfestival.com.

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