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BDC wants proposals for new Inner Harbor water attractions

Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (File)

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. (File)

Got an idea for something fun to do on the docks of the Inner Harbor? You might want to share it with the Baltimore Development Corp.

In a request for proposals issued Thursday, the BDC said it is looking for written proposals for new water attractions in the floating docks between the Constellation Pier and the World Trade Center, which is currently used for paddle boats, and the dock next to the Aquarium Pier. The contract with the current paddle boat operator has expired.

The RFP is part of an effort to bring more inclusive, low-cost attractions to one of Baltimore’s top destinations. Some 15 million people visit the Inner Harbor annually, making it one of the premier destinations for the city and the state as a whole, the BDC said.

“The continuous updating of Inner Harbor attractions and the development of new ones is critical to maintaining the Inner Harbor as a world-renowned venue for tourists and City residents,” the BDC said.

The organization is looking for proposal for the creation and operation of new attractions that “provide high-quality entertainment, educational, cultural and other positive experiences” in the Inner Harbor for everyone, regardless of age, income or disability.

According to the RFP, those attractions can involve physical movement or travel and have water features.

This RFP is limited to the two city-owned docks on either side of the World Trade Center. No other parts of the Inner Harbor are available to place booths, kiosks, offices, storage or other structures. Aquarium Pier, one of the two sites, is currently unusable and would have to be repaired or replaced by the awardee before opening the attraction.

Operators must have good management practices and experience in marketing, public safety, customer service, financial controls and maintenance. The RFP’s intent is to maintain and improve the appearance of the Inner Harbor while providing on-water attractions that are family-oriented and diversify the mix, style, and price points of attractions now offered at the Inner Harbor.

Attractions must be open to the public during Baltimore’s peak tourist season from April 1 through October 31. Ideally, the attraction should be ready by no later than June 1, 2017.

All proposals must be received by BDC no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 1.


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