Pro­pos­als sought for new In­ner Har­bor at­trac­tions

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Sarah Gantz sarah.gantz@balt­ twit­­gantz

The Baltimore De­vel­op­ment Corp. is seek­ing pro­pos­als for new on-wa­ter at­trac­tions for the In­ner Har­bor, pos­si­bly re­plac­ing the dragon boats.

The re­quest for pro­pos­als, re­leased Thurs­day, en­com­passes two docks, lo­cated on ei­ther side of the World Trade Cen­ter, along the In­ner Har­bor. The docks are cur­rently op­er­ated by Liv­ing Class­rooms Foun­da­tion, which runs dragon boat and pad­dle boat rides from one of the docks. The sec­ond dock is un­sta­ble and not in use.

The BDC is seek­ing new at­trac­tions and op­er­a­tors as the Liv­ing Class­room Foun­da­tion’s con­tract comes to an end.

It was not clear Thurs­day whether the ed­u­ca­tion non­profit in­tended to reap­ply to con­tinue op­er­at­ing its wa­ter boats. The or­ga­ni­za­tion did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Fu­ture at­trac­tions “may in­clude ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion by the public in phys­i­cal move­ment or travel and may in­clude wa­ter fea­tures,” ac­cord­ing to the re­quest for pro­pos­als.

Pro­pos­als should be for at­trac­tions that will be open, at min­i­mum, dur­ing the city’s April through Oc­to­ber tourist sea­son, the BDC said in the re­quest. The BDC said it is es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in pro­pos­als for at­trac­tions that could be ready to op­er­ate by June 1 of next year.

Pro­pos­als are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 1. The BDC ex­pects to award the con­tract late this year or early in 2017.

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