The National Park Service has not received any proposals in response to the request for proposals for a 10-year lease for
the Cliff Park Inn hotel, restaurant and golf course.
The lease holder would pay a dollar a year and fund an estimated $1 million in repairs to the Inn.
“We continue to make every effort to find an appropriate, new operator for this unique property,” said Superintendent John Donahue.
The leasable portion of the property contains 59 acres of land. The nine hole, par 35, golf course sits on approximately 45 acres.
Also included is the Cliff Park Inn hotel and restaurant, a four-level, 14,244 square-foot structure with 12 guest rooms, including two
suites. The new lessee will be authorized to operate a hotel, restaurant, and bar, and will be required to operate and maintain a golf course.
The inn has mold in the upper floor from a damaged roof. The roof must be replaced by the lease holder.
The park service is looking for an operator willing to invest in a long-term business opportunity and not simply consume the property and its amenities for short-term profit, the Park Service said in a press release, adding, the necessary investment will be offset by the income over ten years.
Local golfers are interested in the outcome of thisany lease deal. For decades, The Cliff Park Inn has been a favorite, affordable place for the public to golf.
The golf course continues to be maintained by the National Park Service, however it will remain closed until a lease is in place.
The National Park Service says it is making a significant effort to see that it the course is preserved and available for future generations.
“Since it is a lease and not a concession we have not found a mechanism to operate it on a short term
basis,” Donahue said. “We want to re-instate normal operations at the inn and golf course at the earliest possible date.”