State giving TePee Pools another chance to complete an acceptable Master Plan; The lease remains terminated

(Thermopolis, Wyo.) – In cooperation with the TePee Pools, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails has decided to exercise the discretion provided in the termination clause of the TePee Pools lease to allow the facility to operate for an additional six months or thru Oct. 31.

“The lease remains terminated,” State Parks and Cultural Resources Department Director Milward Simpson told County.10.com Thursday evening. “The termination clause allows them to operate for a period of time, so this gives them another six months to operate for the summer season. Economic Development people there have been worried about that,” he said. “During this six months, we will continue working with them on the master plan. It is our mutual objective to create a plan that results in a first-class facility reflecting current industry standards.”

In a news release Thursday afternoon, The State Parks Department indicated it “appreciates the partnership it has had with TePee Pools for the past 24 years and is hopeful an approved master plan can be accomplished by the end of the six-month time frame.”

The ultimate goal of State Parks is for Hot Springs State Park to reach its economic potential as a first-class tourism destination, the statement said.

Wyoming State Parks terminated the TePee Pools lease for cause on March 7, 2014 after the facility was unable to submit an acceptable master plan prior to the one-year deadline provided in the lease signed by TePee Pools in 2012.

Governor Matt Mead and Simpson will be attending a public meeting in Thermopolis at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday at Hot Springs State Park to hear concerns and ideas from the public about the kinds of facilities the community would like to see at the Park.

“We’ll continue to work with them on the specific details of their plan, what they can and cannot due in regards to infrastructure and insurance and such and on October 31st if we remain in the same situation, then it’s back to the 60 day time period they would have to remove their property from the site,” Simpson said.

–Wyoming State Parks