As a nonprofit instead of a public entity, the hospitality business is now able to take advantage of tools traditionally used to successfully operate a hospitality business. It also qualifies for emergency assistance that the FWPDA was unable to receive during the pandemic, which will make the Fort more resilient in future emergencies. The reorganization plan also reduces the outsized campus maintenance burden that had been placed on hospitality operations.
The FWPDA’s reorganization work involves collaborating with stakeholders to find a fair way to fund the major maintenance and capital investment needs of the campus buildings. This has historically been a challenge for both State Parks and the FWPDA. When the FWPDA took over campus maintenance from State Parks in 2018 it inherited approximately $100 million in deferred maintenance. State Parks will be an active partner in the development of the ongoing Asset Management strategy.