The Lily Lake Pavilion would like to thank the City of Saint John staff, Mayor Mel Norton and City Councillors for their support of the Lily Lake Pavilion. We have received many calls asking how can the community help sustain the Lily Lake Pavilion and the community programs. People have asked what can citizens do to ensure that the Pavilion remains open for the community? The answer is to continue to choose to support the Pavilion by dining at Lily’s, renting the banquet room or board room and supporting the community fundraisers. If anyone would like to make a donation to the Pavilion to support the community programs or the operating expenses of the building, tax receipts will be issued.
For over 100 years, the Pavilion has been a special gathering place for the citizens of Saint John and that was evident over 10 years ago when the building was saved from demolition and again, when the City Councillors voted to redirect $100,000 of committed capital funds to operation funds for the Pavilion.
The Lily Lake Pavilion volunteer board of directors, the Pavilion staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring that the Pavilion remains a gathering place for years to come. Every day special memories are made at the Pavilion from friends gathering for lunch, birthday parties, wedding proposals, proms, graduations, wedding vows being taken, children exploring and learning about their park, people walking around the Lily Lake Trail through the day or evening and so much more.
The Pavilion is open to the pubic 363 days a year providing washroom and locker room facilities for people enjoying Rockwood Park. The operational needs of this 20,000 sq ft building are met with the revenue generated from the sales in Lily’s Lakeside Casual Dining and the rental and catering services of the Wallace MacMurry licenced banquet room and the Canaport LNG board room. Day Tripping NB rents space to provide outdoor adventure and team building services.
The Pavilion, a registered charity & non-profit organization has an annual fundraising goal of $50,000 and to date have realized $19,000. We will continue to host fundraisers to provide these 5 important community programs; MOVIES in the PARK are free family movies shown on the outdoor screen complete with popcorn and refreshments; SENIORS in the PARK is held 3 times a year and gathers over 220 seniors together for an afternoon luncheon with fellowship, singing and dancing; RECREATION Your Way in the PARK is a one day event for persons with visible and invisible disabilities to enjoy recreational activities tailored to their needs, AWESOME Adventures in the PARK is an enrichment program for summer programs with 5 community partners; PALS in the PARK is the largest program that brings over 1700 students from 21 school on 70 class trips into Rockwood Park for recreational and educational enrichment activities.
Thank you to APEGNB Saint John Branch for your coordination of the Saint John Soap Box Derby to be held on May 28 on Cranston Avenue. The funds raised at this event will directly fund the PALS in the PARK Program for 2016/2017.
To make a donation please contact:
Community Programs Coordinator
Lily Lake Pavilion