2017-04-18 / Local

County has still not found concessionaire for Mt. Pisgah County Park

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN

Staff Writer

TOWANDA — The county has still not found a concessionaire for Mt. Pisgah County Park, who would collect rents from campers, assist campers and oversee the park.

The county had issued a request for proposals from individuals interested in serving as the park’s concessionaire. And the county had planned to open those proposals Monday morning.

However, no one submitted a proposal, said Michelle Shedden, chief Bradford County clerk.

“We’ll probably re-advertise (for proposals) and see if we can get some interest,” said Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller.

However, if the county does not find a concessionaire in the coming weeks, that is not expected to delay the opening of the camping season in the park, he said.

Citizens “can still contact our office (the Bradford County Commissioners Office) to arrange to camp” in the park, Miller said.

Camping in the park is expected to start around May 14, Shedden said.

This is the first year that camping will be allowed in Mt. Pisgah County Park after being banned there for the past decade.

Camping was prohibited in the park starting in 2007 due to vandalism and other problems, including the lack of a running supply of potable water for campers.

However, a couple of years ago, a well house was constructed over the top of an existing well located near the summit of Mt. Pisgah in Mt. Pisgah County Park, which brought running, potable water to the park.

There are now also shower and toilet facilities on site that will be available to the campers.

Only tent camping is allowed in the park.

However, the concessionaire would be allowed to bring a camper or motor home to use in the park.

Being the park’s concessionaire “would be a great opportunity for someone who winters in Florida and spends some time up here” in the warmer months — “someone who likes the outdoors and going camping,” Miller said.

James Loewenstein can be contacted at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.

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