RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The National Park Service is accepting proposals for a 10-year contract to manage parking, food, beverage and retail operations at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
The Rapid City Journal reports ( ) the contract is a combination of what now are two separate contracts. One is held by the nonprofit Mount Rushmore Society for parking and the other is held by the for-profit Xanterra Parks & Resorts for food, beverages and retail.
A Park Service prospectus says the two groups’ receipts last year totaled more than $16 million.
If Xanterra doesn’t bid for the single contract and win it, the successful bidder will have to pay $5.6 million to the company for the value of its investments in buildings, fixtures and other property at the memorial.
Proposals are due Jan. 13, 2016.
This story has been corrected to show that annual receipts last year were more than $16 million, rather than more than $6 million.
Information from: Rapid City Journal,