Tucson, AZ (October 6, 2010)—Pima County is seeking proposals from qualified parties interested in a contract for the lease and operation of Pima Motorsports Park (PMP), an urban off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation and education facility located on approximately 500 acres intended to provide a safe recreational facility to train and enjoy OHV vehicles and take some stress off the illegal use of public lands in Pima County and Southern Arizona. The Park is located near the Pima County Fairgrounds at 11700 S. Harrison Road, Tucson, AZ 85747.
The Park opened for public use in 2002 with capital improvements valued at approximately $650,000. A five year lease agreement was authorized by the Pima County Board of Supervisors for the maintenance and operation of the facility, of which one improvement over the next two years included lighting a motor cross track at a cost of $380,000 with additional grant funding.
In 2005, the County entered into a 15 year lease and operating agreement with Pima Motorsports Partners, Inc. During their tenure the facility provided a variety of OHV recreation fun including motocross racing, ATV courses and a new obstacle course for 4-wheel drive vehicles. In August 2010, Pima Motorsports Partners voluntarily terminated the lease leaving the facility in great shape.
Pima County will seek a new operator through a RFQ Process beginning in early October, and will hold a pre-bid meeting at the Economic Development & Tourism Office, 33 N. Stone, Suite 830, for more information prior to the deadline for submission noted in the timeline below. The goal is to have the facility in operation by early January 2011.
Timeline and More Information
Advertising of RFP: Beginning October 6, 2010
Pre-Bid Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:00 A.M.
Proposal Due: Friday, November 5, 2010 by 4:00 P.M.
Pima County Approval: December 14, 2010—tentative dates
More information including the complete RFP can be obtained online at www.pimacountyattractions.com/notices.html or visiting the Pima County Attractions office located in the Bank of America building, 33 North Stone Ave, Ste 830 during regular business hours.