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Proposals sought for new Inner Harbor docks, paddle boats

Baltimore group seeks proposals for new Inner Harbor water attractions.

The Baltimore Development Corp. is seeking proposals for new on-water attractions for the Inner Harbor, possibly replacing the dragon boats.

The request for proposals, released Thursday, encompasses two docks, located on either side of the World Trade Center, along the Inner Harbor. The docks are currently operated by Living Classrooms Foundation, which runs dragon boat and paddle boat rides from one of the docks. The second dock is unstable and not in use.

The BDC is seeking new attractions and operators as the Living Classroom Foundation's contract comes to an end.

Living Classrooms Foundation plans to reapply for the contract, CEO James Bond said Friday.

The organization is already moving forward with repairs to the unstable dock, he said.

Future attractions "may include active participation by the public in physical movement or travel and may include water features," according to the request for proposals.

Proposals should be for attractions that will be open, at minimum, during the city's April through October tourist season, the BDC said in the request. The BDC said it is especially interested in proposals for attractions that could be ready to operate by June 1 of next year.

Though the BDC said it is looking for an operator that will fix the unstable dock to be used for an attraction, other construction should be limited.

Any building structures included in the proposal should be temporary and removable and stored off-site during the off season. Structures and equipment should not interfere with other vendors or block the promenade walkway through the harbor area.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 1. BDC expects to award the contract late this year or early in 2017.

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