County Seeks Non-Profit Organization to Operate Standard Park | New
Tuolumne County is looking for nonprofits to lease and operate the popular Standard Park sports complex, with a late summer pick-up date.
“We are keen to explore a public-private partnership to potentially improve Standard Park’s operations and services,” said Liz Peterson, senior administrative analyst in the Tuolumne County Administrator’s office. “We recognize that Standard Park is a popular community park with thousands of users each year, and we believe this potential could be of great benefit to residents of the county. There is no guarantee that we will receive a proposal that meets our needs, but the potential is exciting. “
The county announced the plan in an email sent Friday. The document is called a Request for Proposal (RFP) and contains the guidelines that nonprofit applicants must submit and comply with if they are awarded the contract.
The county estimates that 100,000 people a year visit Standard Park as part of various programs and activities held there, including youth and adult sports. After a year of relative dormancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the county is now preparing to reopen the park to full use.
“I can say that the recreation department has worked really hard to reopen the park and we have started programming programs again,” said Eric Aitken, director of the county library and recreation.
Aitken noted that the county is still looking for additional staff for adult softball, which includes assistant facilities coordinators and umpires.
“We are delighted to come back again to provide programs and opportunities to our community,” he said.
The document includes a series of deadlines for the process, including the June 10, 4 p.m. proposal submission deadline.
A county review committee plans to assess and rank the proposals between June 11 and June 18 and give notice of a provisional contract award on June 21. A July 2 deadline is set for protests or appeals, and the target date for the chosen nonprofit to take over operations is August 2.
As part of the lease and operation proposal, the selected non-profit organization should provide recreational services and activities to youth and adults.
The county currently owns and operates the Standard Park Sports Complex at the corner of Tuolumne and Standard Roads in eastern Sonora.
The complex includes four softball fields, washrooms, a concession stand and parking lots. Currently there are 10 to 12 part-time facilities coordinators who maintain the park and manage the activities, eight to 10 part-time staff who run the county’s adult softball program and a warden. full-time land.
Recreational groups that use the fields include youth baseball, youth and adult softball, and youth soccer.
Brandon Meyer, president of the Tuolumne County Youth Sports Foundation, said his group is “very seriously considering” submitting a proposal.
“I think the ability for someone to go out there and operate that can help promote the region and champion youth sports and sports in general,” he said. “I think this is a great opportunity for someone to do it.”
James Evans, a member of the Youth Sports Foundation and the main organizer of the Sonora Futsal and Sonora Hoops programs at High Country Sports Arena, said he was delighted that the facility was reopening as a user.
“We have a full day camp for the second week of June for about 100 soccer kids,” he said. “We are really happy that there is some of this positive collaboration.”
The selected non-profit organization will oversee day-to-day operations and coordinate with established users. They will have to maintain all the facilities, from the fields and toilets to the car parks, manage the reservation system, enforce the rules and regulations of the park, manage the concessionaire for the catering service (which includes beer and wine) and host other activities.
The county agreed in the email to repair and pave the parking lot before the rental agreement is executed.
The county also manages the contract for the concessionaire, and the bids should include a plan to provide these services.
The county noted in the document that county events should be prioritized, including the annual Santa Fly-In, the county employee appreciation barbecue, the Tiny Tots Touch-A-Truck summer recreation programs, and Tuolumne County, including football and baseball camps.
The duration of the initial contract will be for three years and may be extended by mutual agreement for three periods of two years.
The RFP also includes how the elements of the proposal must be presented and various requirements for the proposal to be awarded. The email also includes the Standard Park 2019 schedule to show how it is used as well as the rules and regulations for Adult Softball.