At its Thursday Feb. 17 meeting, the board of directors of the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District approved a 25 month contract for private management of the Lake Hemet Campground and lake recreational facilities. The contract takes effect on April 1, 2011.
The board voted to award the management contract to the California Parks Company (www.calparksco.com), a company that currently provides management services for : Angel Island State Park and the Big Basin Redwoods State Park for California State Parks; the Los Vaqueros Watershed for the Contra Costa Water District; Lake Chabot and Little Hills Ranch for the East Bay Regional Park District; Diamond Valley Lake for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Camanche Reservoir and San Pablo Reservoir for the East Bay Municipal Utility District; UPC Gate Services for the Santa Clara County Parks; Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area for the U.S. Forest Service; and Lassen Volcanic National Park for the U. S. National Park Service.
The board stated that they were happy to be out of campground management and could now concentrate exclusively on their primary portfolio — water management.
In business since 1975, the California Parks Company markets itself as expert in providing: campground, conference center and resort management and facility support services; event management; automated gate and parking systems; retail services; water recreation management; and food services.
The contract approved by the board sanctions a three year (36 month) automatic extension if the contractor is performing to board and contract expectations.