The newly restored Hatheway Pavilion is set on the shores of picturesque Lily Lake at the entrance to Rockwood Park - the largest urban park in Canada. Rich in history and only minutes from City Center, the Pavilion has been a popular recreation and entertainment facility for over a century.
Rockwood Park was officially established in 1894. At the turn of the 20th century, the first pavilion was erected with a bell shaped cupola, dormer windows and gingerbread trimmings. It was located where a toboggan slide is now, but unfortunately burned following an electrical fire.
The most recent Pavilion was constructed in the early 1950s and was operated by the Saint John Horticultural Association (SJHA) for more than 40 years. Over time, the pavilion constructed in the 1950s became in dire need of extensive repairs and was scheduled for demolition.
Fast forward a full century to the year 2000 when the SJHA began spearheading the current restoration project. The Association formed a committee and backed a proposal from the Saint John Labour Council's Hathaway Trust to form a strategic partnership for the revitalization and long-term operation of the Pavilion.
Several organizations came forward with generous donations allowing the design and construction of a new pavilion on the old "footprint". Saint Johners and visitors can now sip on cold drinks and eat ice cream, or warm up with a hot chocolate as they swim, skate and boat from the Pavilion in the 21st century!
The mission of the Hatheway Pavilion at Lily Lake is to be a shining example of a modern facility that gives back to the community it serves. The Pavilion itself, and funds generated from its work, provides memorable, rewarding recreational experiences for all the people of Saint John.
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