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Yosemite Park names to be restored at last

The name of the Ahwahnee Hotel and other beloved names will be restored for use in Yosemite National Park.
The name of the Ahwahnee Hotel and other beloved names will be restored for use in Yosemite National Park.

One of the most eagerly-awaited announcements in Yosemite’s recent history is now here:

The name of the Ahwahnee Hotel and other beloved names, trademarks and service marks have been regained — and will be restored for use in Yosemite National Park.

Those names will eventually become the sole property of the NPS, too.

Now if only that beautiful sign (see photo), which disappeared at the time of the name controversy, might be restored, too…

The announcement of an agreement was made this week by the National Park Service:

DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service.

The settlement involves the transfer of trademarks and service marks at issue in the lawsuit from Delaware North to Aramark.

Under Aramark’s Yosemite concession contract with the National Park Service, those trademarks and service marks will transfer at no cost to the National Park Service upon the expiration or termination of Aramark’s contract.

The settlement also involves Delaware North’s transfer of various types of tangible assets (not previously purchased by Aramark) to Aramark and the National Park Service. Finally, the settlement provides for payments to Delaware North from Aramark and the United States to resolve any and all contractual disputes among the three parties arising from Delaware North’s departure as a concessioner at Yosemite, and Aramark’s assumption of its Yosemite concession contract.

The National Park Service looks forward to the restoration of some of the previous names of the properties at Yosemite, including the Ahwahnee hotel, and the resumed use of other trademarks in connection with concessioner activities at Yosemite. Any changes to the current names of properties at Yosemite National Park following this settlement will be based upon a schedule to be determined by Aramark and the National Park Service.

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