Elizabethtown Tourism Bureau still hunting sports park operator

Published on : Thursday, December 6, 2018

The move to hire a third-party operator to run the $30 million Elizabethtown Sports Park is an ongoing process for the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau.


Sports park Development Director Janna Clark said on Wednesday following a tourism board meeting that interviews have been conducted by the tourism bureau commissioners with three professional facility management firms and the pros and cons of each were still being weighed.


“Today’s meeting was the first time the commission had been together to discuss and determine what additional information they needed moving forward,” she said, adding the information was deliberated in executive session.


Clark said the next step is to gather that additional information. The evaluations are being made based on qualifications, experience and documented ability to perform, she said.


The goal is to have a management company in place in time for the new sports season.


According to the lease agreement with the city of Elizabethtown, the deadline for the official transfer of management at the park is July 2019, Clark said. However, she said the tourism bureau is hoping to complete the process in time for a transition plan to be in place for the start of the next season, which begins in March.


The sports park, which opened in July 2012, has been a financial drain on the city with overall costs around $1.8 million a year. Commission members believe the hiring of a third-party operator will significantly reduce the deficit.


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