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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 and collected feedback from an on-site survey of users around Como Lake in August. The meetings and surveys 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 used the ideas and analyses gathered at the community meetings and surveys 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, 9-11 a.m.: Proposal meeting at Como Lakeside Pavilion (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

Evaluation Committee

Proposals will be evaluated by representatives from the following:
• City Council Wards 1, 4, 5
• District 6 North End Planning Council
• District 10 Como Community Council
• Parks & Recreation Commission
• City of Saint Paul (Parks, City Finance, & Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity)
• Entertainment/Restaurant Industry
• Midway Chamber of Commerce
• Community Input Facilitator - BWBR

Groups or individuals seeking to lock in a new 2015 event at the Como Lakeside Pavilion will need to wait until a new vendor is selected. The City of Saint Paul has a variety of other public facilities available though that can be reserved 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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