City of Greenwich seeks sailing school and boat rental operator


GREENWICH, CT – The City of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a Sailing School and Boat Rental Operator to be based in Greenwich Point Park.

When a private company will use a city-owned facility, Greenwich uses the competitive bidding process and sends out a request for proposal (RFP).

All interested parties are encouraged to consult the RFP, which can be found on the city’s website. Proposals must be submitted by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14.

The announcement of the start of the bidding process follows Greenwich Community Sailing’s announcement that it will close operations at Greenwich Point.

GCS, which is under the umbrella of Longshore Sailing School in Westport, operated Greenwich Point for 24 years but decided to close ahead of the 2022 season due to a tenancy dispute with the city. GCS’s 2021 contract ended on September 30.

The city is seeking to enter into a new five-year agreement to continue providing boating opportunities to residents.

“The events of the past two weeks have been unfortunate; however, the department fully intends to maintain a community sailing program at Greenwich Point. It is an important service in our community,” said Joe Siciliano, director of parks and recreation, in a press release.

The sailing school will be located in the city-owned Chimes Building at Greenwich Point.

“The Department is looking for a supplier and would like the school to provide educational opportunities from beginner to advanced level and should offer programs for young people and adults. In addition, the supplier may offer boat rental opportunities at Greenwich Point,” the city said in a news release.

The Chimes building is scheduled to undergo renovations beginning in the fall of 2022. In the RFP document, the city said “there will likely be a period during which the Chimes building and surrounding area will be closed for construction. The city ​​has limited control over the timing of this project. The City will give reasonable notice to the Permit holder regarding the start of construction.”

Additionally, the city said it may choose to offer the incumbent an alternate location in Greenwich Point to operate while construction is underway.

For more information, see the call for tenders here.

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