Set among 10 acres of native prairie, rain gardens, butterfly gardens and mature trees, the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) is a picture-perfect location for weddings, graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, holiday gatherings and many other private occasions.
The McColl Pond ELC was designed through a naturally resourceful approach that kept sustainability at the forefront, but didn't sacrifice visual appeal or functionality. Powered by solar energy and geothermal systems for temperature regulations, the ELC offers comfort to guests without adversely impacting the environment. Walls are made from wheat products, counter tops from recycled plastic, and cabinets from sunflower seeds. A vegetated rooftop collects and filters storm water.
The McColl Pond ELC is located within Savage Community Park.
Host your event at the McColl Pond ELC
The McColl Pond ELC offers a beautiful gathering space for graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, family reunions, or businesses and organization meetings.
Those who choose the McColl Pond ELC for their private event will enjoy full use of the stainless steel catering kitchen, full video/audio system, and use of the outdoor covered patio. The Aspen Room offers panoramic views of the serene McColl Pond and fishing pier as well as the surrounding landscape, gardens and walking trails. In addition to the natural areas, the ELC provides convenient access to a playground area and picnic shelter, as well as the 53-acre Savage Community Park and its athletic complex.
The McColl Pond ELC space can accommodate up to 100 guests in the Aspen Room, with seating for an additional 75 on the outdoor covered patio.
Rental rate includes:
- Large prep kitchen
- 15 - 60" round tables with chairs
- 4 - 29" by 144" buffet tables
- Large projector screen with audio/video hook-up
- Podium and microphone
- Covered patio
Reserve the McColl Pond ELC
We honor all reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure your event space, we require a signed contract and a $100+ tax ($107.38) deposit at the time of booking. Your deposit will be applied to your balance due but is non-refundable if you cancel your reservation. Reservation dates may be rescheduled based on availability. To check availability, refer to the McColl Pond ELC Aspen Room calendar.
Am I able to bring in my own wine, beer, or liquor?Yes, you may bring in alcoholic beverages, including kegs of beer, but you cannot sell it unless you have a valid temporary on-sale license for beer and/or wine. You can apply for this type of license from the City of Savage. No glass is allowed on the outdoor patio.
Are there cooking facilities on site at the ELC?The facility is set up for catered or potluck type of events. There is no cooking equipment at the ELC. There is a small refrigerator onsite.
Can I bring in outside entertainment?Yes, however please note that if they are playing music outside, they must conclude by 10 p.m.
Can I bring my own food?Anything from family potluck to full catering is allowed at the McColl Pond ELC. All caterers must be registered with the MN Department of Health. If you hire a caterer who is not on the Vendors and Caterers list, an emergency contact form needs to be completed by the caterer and faxed to Savage Parks and Recreation at 952-224-3430.
Does my reservation time include set-up and clean-up time?Your reservation does include two additional hours (7-9 p.m.) for set up or a groom’s dinner the night before your event, or you can use this time to clean up the next morning (8-10 a.m.). All subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply.
Is smoking tobacco allowed on site?All City facilities are tobacco-free. There is a designated smoking area at the east side of the back parking lot, identified by signage.
Is there a staff person at the facility during my event?One to two staff members may be on site for assistance during your event.
What are renters clean-up responsibilities?
- You will be given a Check-out List
- All garbage needs to be gathered and taken out to the garbage shed structure on the north side of the facility. Renter does not need to do anything with outdoor patio trash.
- Clean tables and chairs and return to storage closet.
- Sweep and mop floors as needed. Cleaning supplies are included and are on site.
- Bathrooms should be wiped down and garbage removed.
The renter will receive a complete checkout list along with the key.
What can I decorate?Table top decorations, floor and window accents, and flameless candles are encouraged. Fog/smoke machines are prohibited.
Where do I pick up/drop off the key?The renter is responsible for picking up the key from the Parks and Recreation office at the Public Works building at 13770 Dakota Ave., during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For weekend events, keys will need to be picked up the Friday before unless other arrangements are made.
Will there be any other events going on during my event?There will not be anyone else using space at the McColl Pond ELC, however there may be other activities or events happening within the Savage Community Park. These will not interfere with your event, and there is a designated parking area directly in front of the ELC for guests to park.