For more than two decades, our family-owned company has been proud to work with the National Park Service in stewardship of Yosemite National Park, which is certainly among the most iconic and treasured of our federal lands. While we like to think our family of companies provides exemplary service to hundreds of venues, we admit Yosemite has long held a special place in our hearts.
As a condition to taking over as the new concessioner at Yosemite National Park in 1993, NPS required Delaware North at Yosemite to buy all of the property of the previous concessioner, the Yosemite Park & Curry Company.
This included intellectual property, such as trademarks used at Yosemite like “The Ahwahnee.”
In 1993, Delaware North was the bidder willing to accept unlimited liability for all of Yosemite's environmental issues in connection with becoming Yosemite's new concessioner.
As part of the 1993 bid, the NPS required Delaware North at Yosemite to pay $61.5 million (about $115 million in 2015 dollars) to purchase Yosemite Park & Curry Co. By purchasing Yosemite Park & Curry Co., Delaware North at Yosemite acquired all of Yosemite Park & Curry Co.’s assets and assumed all of Yosemite Park & Curry Co.’s liabilities. This included taking on unlimited liability for known and unknown environmental remediation caused by previous concessioners. Delaware North at Yosemite was the only bidder willing to accept these conditions.
Yosemite is a National Treasure
We are honored to have served guests visiting this sacred place for the past 22 years.
Delaware North at Yosemite has invested significant time and resources to greatly improve the experience of every visitor to Yosemite National Park. As part of that commitment we have developed and protected the intellectual property that is used to operate visitor services at Yosemite National Park, including the trademarks that the American People have grown to recognize and appreciate. Delaware North at Yosemite wants to ensure that these names will be preserved for use at the park by future generations.
Neither the NPS nor the American People are being asked for a dime.
Delaware North at Yosemite’s Contract with NPS requires Delaware North at Yosemite to sell our assets, including equipment, trademarks, and others at fair value - to the next concessioner. The NPS is not paying for these assets; since the NPS has selected Aramark as the next concessioner, Aramark will. It's straightforward.