Private Outfitter Needed for Recreational Hub Along the Schuylkill

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Letter of interest due Dec. 8, 2017

We are seeking a private outfitter who will partner with us to create a new recreational hub system along the Schuylkill River. The intent is to support the thoughtful growth of a private outfitter organization that can develop the capacity to provide a coordinated network of recreational opportunities.

“The selected outfitter, in the next five years, will ultimately be able to provide access to boat and bicycle rentals, a place to enjoy refreshments, and consistent, reliable transportation between access points,” said Executive Director Elaine Paul Schaefer “Rather than to passively wait for the market to respond to a growing interest in outdoor recreation, we determined that we should provide catalytic support to attract the right entrepreneur.”

Click here for detailed Request for Letter of Interest

The plan calls for us to invest at least $66,000 in resources in support of the selected outfitter. This includes funding for a business plan in the amount of $30,000, a $10,000 contract to administer an existing bike share program, $10,000 to provide outfitting support for the 2018 Schuylkill River Sojourn, $10,000 to establish transportation service between sites, and $6,000 to run the Peddle and Paddle program for the year.

This investment is in accordance with our strategic plan, (Re)Turn to the River, which seeks to promote connections between the Schuylkill River and adjoining river communities. This comes at a time that the Schuylkill River Trail is slated for completion. The planned 130-mile trail (with 65 miles finished to date) is expected to be completed from Center City Philadelphia to Reading, PA, within the next five years.

Letters of Interest from outfitters must be received by December 8, 2017. The detailed Request for Letters of Interest can be downloaded here. Questions can be directed to Elaine Schaefer at (484) 945-0200 or

Contact Information
phone: 484-945-0200


Related information
PDF: Recreational Hub Letter of Interest

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