Parks Dept Issues Request for Proposals to Develop Restaurant, Snack Bar, and Boat Rental Concessions at Clove Lakes Park

An entrance to Clove Lakes Park. Image Credit: Google Maps.

The restaurant, located in the Boathouse, offers panoramic views of Clove Lake. On August 27, 2021, the Department of Parks and Recreation issued a Request for Proposals for the renovation, operation and maintenance of a restaurant and concessions at the Boathouse in Clove Lakes Park in West Brighton, Staten Island.

Clove Lakes Park is a 200-acre park that currently features an ice rink, ballfields, spurts courts and fields and a playground. The Boathouse, which houses the restaurant and patio area, is located on an island in Clove Lake and offers panoramic views of the lake. With the request for proposals, the Parks Department envisions the Boathouse as a year-round destination, and a seasonal snack bar to offer additional options. 

The boathouse is currently occupied by The Stone House at Clove Lakes restaurant. The Stone House’s current license is set to expire next year, and it is standard practice for concessions to issue a Request for Proposals ahead of the expiration of a current license, even with an established business. The Stone House is welcome to submit its own proposal.

The Parks Department will evaluate proposals based on several criteria, including the planned operations for the cafe, previous operating experience, plans for design and capital investment, financial capability, and the fee offered to the City. The proposers must also include a menu and price list featuring healthy food choices and diverse, low-cost items. To view the request for proposal, click here.

The Parks Department will hold a virtual recommendation meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 2 PM. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Details for the meeting are as follows:

WebEx Meeting Link: here

Password: Cloveslakes22

Phone: (646) 992-2010 or (408) 418-9388

Access Code: 179 427 5972

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, October 4, 2021 at 3 PM. The Parks Department encourages proposals to be submitted electronically. The proposal should be emailed to If a proposal cannot be submitted electronically, notify Project Manager Phylicia Murray by Monday, September 27, 2021 at (212) 360-3434. 

NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Margaret Nelson stated, “Clove Lakes Park is rich in natural beauty and provides Staten Islanders with a tranquil place to come relax, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. This is an incredible opportunity for qualified and experienced professionals to enhance the Clove Lakes Park experience, and create appealing destinations that will attract New Yorkers and visitors for years to come.”

By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the CityLaw fellow and a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2018.)


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