ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Nearly 70 years ago, the land that Wildwood Stables sits on was donated to Acadia National Park. Since then, numerous businesses have operated the carriage tours and equestrian services that happen there and the current concessions contract will soon expire.
“The horses draw the carriage and it recreates an experience for some of the original intent of the carriage roads,” said Acadia National Park Public Affairs Specialist Christie Anastasia. “I mean they’re called carriage roads because carriages used to frequent them and so that’s a really amazing opportunity for visitors to come to Acadia and be a part of.
The carriage roads of Acadia National Park were famously built by John D. Rockefeller. Wildwood Stables utilizes them daily during the busy tourist season.
“This is a part of Acadia National Park, but it is run by a concessionaire who runs the stables and some of the visitor experiences that are available here,” said Anastasia.
The current concessions contract is up in 2020 and now the National Park Service is searching to see what interest Wildwood Stables generates. The service will host a site visit Wednesday to answer some of the basic questions that go along with it.
“What is the property? What is the facility? What is the business model? What does it actually look like…so that they can prepare their proposal that they will put in with other folks and then those will be rated and ranked in terms of criteria of the parks service has put out,” said Anastasia.
Interested parties must submit their proposals by January 7 of 2020. For more information you can visit nps.gov/acad.