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Now, say yes to a wedding at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC). Celebrate your special day at this beautiful and unique venue, set among 10 acres of native prairies, butterfly gardens and mature trees. The McColl Pond ELC is a natural choice for your intimate wedding, reception and groom’s dinner.
The McColl Pond ELC has beautiful indoor and outdoor space. The Aspen Room has a stunning wall of windows that overlook the serene McColl Pond and bathe the room in natural light, making it a picture-perfect spot to say “I do”. The outdoor covered patio is nestled among the landscape and gardens, and provides a beautiful woodland backdrop for your intimate vows/nuptials, without the worry of a rainy day. You can even say your vows surrounded by trees and flowers at one of several locations throughout the park grounds.
Those who choose the ELC will have full use of the stainless steel catering kitchen and food prep area, 60” round tables and matching chairs, and a full video/audio system. All- inclusive packages include use of both the indoor and outdoor areas, plus two separate rooms for prepping, dressing or storing personal belongings. Ample parking is designated directly in front of the building. In addition to the natural areas, the ELC provides convenient access to a playground area and 2 picnic shelters as well as the 53-acre Savage Community Park and its athletic complex.
Ceremony and Reception Space
The McColl Pond ELC Wedding Package includes full use of the Aspen Room, both adjacent classrooms and the outdoor patio. The Aspen Room capacity is approximately 100 people and the outdoor patio seats an additional 60 - 75 guests. The package also includes an additional two hours that can be used for setting up and decorating, hosting a groom’s dinner the night before, or cleaning up after the event (subject to availability and some restrictions may apply).
Rental rate also includes:
- 15 - 60” round tables that seat 6-8 people
- 4 - 29” x 144” buffet tables
- 100+ chairs
- Full video and audio sound system
- Podium and wireless microphone
- Easels upon request (subject to availability)
- Stainless steel prep kitchen with full refrigerator and sink
- 2 stainless steel utility carts
- 2 coat racks
Reserve the McColl Pond ELC
Savage Resident | Full Day/16 hours | 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. | $1,300
Non-Resident | Full Day/16 hours | 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. | $1,600
We honor all weddings on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure your event space, we require a signed contract and a $100+ tax deposit ($107.38) 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.
Reservation form and deposit can be:
- mailed or dropped off in person at Savage Parks and Recreation, 13770 Dakota Ave., Savage, MN 55378
- faxed to 952-224-3430
Tours of the McColl Pond ELC are available by appointment. Please call our office at 952-224-3420 to schedule a time.
McColl Pond ELC Reservations/Appointments | 952-224-3420
Email | email@example.com
Fax | 952-224-3430
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.