“We did not get the bid to operate the Key Bridge boathouse. It will be open under new management”

by Prince Of Petworth March 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm 7 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

All of the nice weather has reminded me of the potentially wasted 200 dollars I spent for a season pass at Boating in DC – they lost the bid this year to operate out of the Key Bridge Boathouse. Navy Yard hasn’t had paddle boards in the past and National Harbor is a hike and a half without a car. Have you heard anything about who actually won the bid?”

From Paul of Boating in DC:
“We did not get the bid to operate the Key Bridge boathouse. It will be open under new management and we are working on having our season passes accepted there. We expect to have an answer before the season starts and will notify season pass holders.”

  • marybindc

    Me too, and I got the same response from Paul after three emails to them, the final one saying “this is serious.” Can I contest the charge on my card after the fact? I thought that there was something in the season pass that mentioned access to *3* boathouses but I’m not seeing this now. I hope we’re not screwed. I bet we are.

    • marybindc

      Annoyed with myself for passing up the opportunity to say “I’m in the same boat!”

  • Sean

    A company called Guest Services won the bid. I received an email from KBBH yesterday letting me know my rent for my boat rack was going to be transferred to this new company.

  • Kevin

    Guest Services, Inc. seems to win most vendor contracts with the National Park Service. I’m not a fan.

    I’m sorry to see the Boating In DC people have to leave there. They did a good job.

    You can probably use those season passes at their spot near Nats Park or National Harbor (MD). Not nearly the same as the Key Bridge location, though. Here’s their web site: http://www.boatingindc.com

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Yep, for decades they’ve run concessions and services all around the mall and done a mediocre to atrocious job at it.

  • goaldigger
  • MJ

    This all sounds good until you have to deal with GSI
    Good Luck!
    BTW Paddle Boarding in the Annacostia is a bad idea- the water quality is so poor that you would most likely get sick if you fell in.


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