Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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What is a park Concessionaire ?? Each National Park has one. It’s a private company that really runs the park. The American public owns the park, the National Park Service administers it for us and the concessionaire does the day-to-day work. They provide hospitality services including Lodging, Food and Beverage, Retail, Auto, and other Services within a National Park. At Yosemite, the current contract is held by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. DNC as stands for Delaware North Company. So named from the street they were once located on – NOT the state. Many old timers will recall that the predecessor was the Yosemite Park & Curry Company.
DNC’s contract is up September 30 and a US Government Solicitation will be out for the new Concessionaire. The Department of the Interior (parent of the NPS) will use Solicitation Number YOSE004-11 for the competitive procurement. Companies who have expressed interest incude: HORNBLOWER YACHTS, INC. of San Francisco; URBAN PARK CONCESSIONAIRES of Red Bluff CA and PLASTIC RECYCLING of Iowa Falls, Inc. from Iowa Falls, IA. Word is out that the Disney conglomerate is also a possible. Should be fun.
Hey, keep your emergency water treatment iodine pills handy – looks like they could prevent radiation sickness! Ugh
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I need to laugh, and when the sun is out. I’ve got something I can laugh about. I feel good, in a special way. I’m in love and it’s a sunny day. Good day sunshine – Good day sunshine.” – The Beatles
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com