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Como Lakeside Pavilion

Como Lakeside Pavilion features a full-service Café/Deli, banquet and meeting rooms managed by Black Bear Crossings (Events can still be booked with Black Bear Crossings through the end of 2014). No new bookings will be accepted for dates after Jan. 4, 2015, as Black Bear Crossings will be leaving the Pavilion at the end of 2014. All events dates already booked for 2015 or 2016 will continue to be honored by the city (and the new partner). Customers may also elect to cancel their event and request a full refund. 

Over the next several months, the City will commence and complete a competitive selection process for finding a new vendor for the management of the Pavilion. The timeline and results of that process will be announced on this website. In June, the City collected feedback and ideas through a survey (see results here), and hosted two community meetings in August. The meetings allowed Saint Paul residents and park users to explore ideas and identify options that will be included in future requests for service providers at the Pavilion. 

The department will use the ideas and analyses gathered at the community meetings to shape a request for proposals to attract service providers who will create attractive and fun opportunities for area residents and park visitors alike to enjoy Como Lake.

Here is the anticipated timeline:

September 2: Request for proposal (RFP) release date. Please see
September 12: Proposal meeting (for prospective vendors possibly submitting a proposal)
October 9: Proposals due
October 10-12: Evaluation of proposals (by committee)
December 1: Contract ready for Parks Commission review

Groups or individuals seeking to lock in a new 2015 event now can find a variety of other public facilities in Saint Paul by contacting the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Permit Office at  or 651-632-5111. Although new 2015 bookings for the Pavilion are not being taken at this time, groups or individuals wanting to reserve the Pavilion for a new event in 2015 can continue to check this website for status updates and details.

In addition to private events, concerts, musicals and plays are offered regularly throughout the summer at the Pavilion.

  • 1360 Lexington Pkwy. N.
  • Ph: (651) 488-4920
  • Café/Deli Ph: (651) 488-4920
  • Banquet and Meeting Room Rental Ph: (651) 488-4927
  • Canoe and Paddle Boat Rental

For more information on Music in the Parks which includes concert, music and theater information, click here.

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