Begich: Glacier Bay Lodge Contract Renewal Brings Peace of Mind
Contract Gives Time to Develop on Long-term Solution
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich offered the following statement in response to news that the National Park Service (NPS) has reached an agreement with Aramark to continue to operate Glacier Bay Lodge for an additional two years.
"I am glad to hear that the Glacier Bay Lodge contact has been extended and that Gustavus residents will have some peace of mind,” said Sen. Begich. “This gives us time to work on a long-term solution. Visitors to the park and lodge are the mainstay of the Gustavus economy, and even a short term closure would have a devastating effect on Gustavus families and businesses. Early on, I reached out to National Park Service Director Jarvis make sure he understood just how important this contract is. I'm pleased he has been responsive and all parties have worked together to extend the contract and move forward."
Sen. Begich sent a letter to NPS Director John Jarvis on June 19 to voice his concerns about the proposed closure of Alaska’s Glacier Baby Lodge and the potential negative economic consequences for residents of Gustavus and surrounding communities.