ST. PAUL (Nov. 26, 2013) — The City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is beginning a community process to find a new vendor to manage the event and restaurant space at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in Como Regional Park.
Recognizing that the landscape of public/private partnerships are changing, Saint Paul expects the new partnership to create a regional attraction that will provide amenities that residents and visitors expect.
“We have the responsibility as stewards of public resources and public lands to ensure the types of agreements we enter into are in the best interest of Saint Paul taxpayers,” said Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. “We’re confident that with the right restaurant concept in this space, the public use of the Como Lakeside Pavilion will increase as a local asset and help it become a regional destination.”
Como Regional Park receives almost four and a half million visits each year, and the Como Lakeside Pavilion is nestled in a highly trafficked area of the park near trails and Como Lake. Similar locations in the region, including in Minneapolis at Minnehaha Falls (Sea Salt) and Lake Calhoun (Tin Fish), have seen great success.
“I’m looking forward to working with the community and stakeholders to determine what’s next for this great public space,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Amy Brendmoen. “With the right partner, these types of facilities can provide a very important service to their neighborhoods and communities.”
The city notified the previous vendor, Blackbear Crossings on the Lake, that the existing agreement will not be renewed for 2014. The city declined to renew the agreement due to Blackbear Crossing’s breach of contract.
The city expects to convene a community process to identify a successful vendor in the Lakeside Pavillion. Information will be announced soon. Visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.
Current reservations for the Blackbear Crossing banquet facility will be honored and should not be negatively affected by this change. Current operations will continue at the facility until a transfer of service date is determined.