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Phoenix Parks and Recreation seeking Camp Colley operator

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The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is inviting interested qualified proposers to submit a response to the Camp Colley program operations request for proposals. (File Photos/

Phoenix Parks seek youth camp RFP proposals at Camp Colley

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Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department officials say they are seeking an operator for a remote youth camp “Camp Colley,” which is located just 145 miles north of Phoenix an arrow’s shot from Happy Jack.

Named after former Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director James A. Colley, the camp’s mission is to provide structured, supervised outdoor nature education and experiences to underserved urban youth, according to a press release.

Phoenix Parks officials say Camp Colley is a perfect getaway summer camp with the space and amenities for many different types of camping experiences. The campgrounds include a dining hall, bath house, barn, equestrian area, remote camp site, and solar panels.

The department will be inviting interested qualified proposers to submit a response to the Camp Colley Program Operations Request for Proposals. The contract will be for a two (2) year period with three (3) one-year options to extend the contract, in accordance with the specifications and provisions contained within the RFP.

The selected applicant will also have an opportunity to enhance revenue by offering outdoor opportunities and events at the facility outside of planned youth summer camp activities. These activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Group Events (Corporate Retreats, Meetings, Team building, Family Reunions),
  • Emergency Preparedness and Survival Training,
  • “Leave No Trace” Workshops,
  • Equestrian Activities,
  • Birding/Wildlife Viewing Events,
  • Landscape Painting/Photography Camps, and
  • Mental and Physical Health and Wellness

Looking to provide a proposal? Interested parties may download RFP material(s) by visiting the “Doing Business with the City of Phoenix” webpage at

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