Alabama State Parks has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting qualifications from guided adventure sports operators to provide public/private partnerships for the design, construction, and operation of a zip line, canopy tour, or other guided adventure sports experience at one or a combination of 10 state parks. The parks include: Joe Wheeler, Monte Sano, Guntersville, DeSoto, Lake Lurleen, Cheaha, Oak Mountain, Wind Creek, Chewacla and Lakepoint.

The deadline to submit a letter of interest and qualifications is 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2014. Send all materials to: Terry Boyd, Chief of Engineering, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 64 North Union Street, Room 479, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, telephone: 334-242-3476.

Combined, the 10 parks included in the RFQ and Gulf State Park host more than 4 million visitor occurrences annually. Interested parties may contact the respective park managers to learn more about each park’s operational patterns and potential locations for these concession opportunities. For contact information, visit

“The Adventure Center at Gulf State Park is a perfect example of how we can better utilize our natural settings and merge them with exciting new experiences for our visitors,” said Greg Lein, State Parks Director. “Through our partners, we can now offer zip lines, paddle boards and kayaks at Gulf State Park. We would like to expand those opportunities to parks across the state.”

Qualifying vendors/individuals would be responsible for:

•Construction and operation of the facilities at the respective ten named parks
•Management of the respective concession project design
•Other associated items that may be necessary to complete and operate these concession projects

Since the Gulf Adventure Center opened in 2013, it has been a very popular destination on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

“Gulf Adventure Center has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Alabama State Parks and looks forward to a long-term relationship, which may include installations in other park locations,” said Tom Schlinkert, managing partner of the Gulf Adventure Center. ranks The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park as the number one activity in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The site also ranks Gulf State Park and the Gulf State Park Pier as the number two and three attractions in Gulf Shores. To learn more about The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park, visit

The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other Partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit


Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR: The Adventure Center at Gulf State Park Zip Line