Alabama State Parks Issues RFP for Cable Skiing at Oak Mountain

Alabama State Parks has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a partner to design, construct, maintain and operate a water sports cable system (cable skiing facility) at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. The deadline to submit a proposal is 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014.
 
Bid materials including bid forms are available from the Alabama State Parks Division, 64 N. Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130, or by calling 334-242-3342.
 
The winning bidder will be responsible for:
Construction and operation of the facility at Oak Mountain
Management of the respective project design 
Other associated items that may be necessary to complete and operate this concession project 
 
Address all bids to: Alabama State Parks, State Parks Operations Section, Room 534, 64 N. Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130. All bids should be submitted in sealed envelopes and should be marked clearly with the words: “Sealed Bid Water Sports Cable System Activities at Oak Mountain State Park, to be opened at 2 p.m., on March 14, 2014.”
 
Parties interested in the Oak Mountain RFP may contact the park manager to learn more about Oak Mountain’s operational patterns and potential locations for this concession opportunity. For contact information, visit www.alapark.com/OakMountain/. For more information about the Alabama State Parks RFP for a water sports cable system, visit www.alapark.com.
 
In cable skiing, the rider is pulled by a powered cable system designed to simulate being pulled behind a boat. The cable system pulls the rider between a series of towers, and the system can be set to match the rider’s skill level. The first cable skiing park opened in Germany in 1959, and the activity is gaining in popularity in the United States. If built, this would be the only cable skiing system in operation in Alabama.
 
At nearly 10,000 acres, Oak Mountain is the largest state park in Alabama and the second most visited after Gulf State Park. Each year, approximately half a million people visit Oak Mountain to enjoy its natural scenic beauty; excellent hiking; world-class mountain biking; championship golf course; and to swim, canoe, paddleboard and fish in its lakes. Oak Mountain’s proximity to Birmingham provides an oasis from the Birmingham metro area as well as offers out-of-town visitors access to a wide variety of cultural, dining and entertainment options in the city. 
 
Tripadvisor.com ranks Oak Mountain State Park as the number one attraction in Pelham, Alabama, and number four on its Best of the Birmingham Area list. The site also ranks Oak Mountain’s golf course, The Oaks, as the number one value for a public course in the metro area. The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has also added Oak Mountain’s trails to its Epic Ride Hall of Fame.
 
The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other Partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations.  To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.
 
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