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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Opportunity to Lease & Operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park


The City of Portland is looking for a qualified Vendor to lease and operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park.

The Castle which was built in 1894 was originally designated as a warming hut for skaters in the winter and included provision of cocoa and snacks. Over the years, food service , concessions and even paddle boat rentals operated out of the Castle.

Now the opportunity has opened up at the Castle for a new vendor to take over the location. The Castle features a single room operation with a patio. Deering Oaks has many activities that bring people to the park, including the Farmer's Market, tennis courts, play grounds ,active ballfields and winter activities including skating on the pond. There are many possible options for a new vendor to be creative with the space such as restaurant , paddle boat rentals, ice skating rentals, concessions for Baseball games, ice cream vendors in the park, coffee vendors for the Farmer's Market, food trucks and even cooking class.

Click HERE for Bids/RFP Search
For full RFP details, please call 207.874.8652 or

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