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New Lions Event Pavilion Open at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo 
For Immediate Release:  July 25, 2012

Officials from the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, and the Lions Clubs of Saskatoon took part in the grand opening of the new Lions Event Pavilion at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo today. 

The Lions Event Pavilion, located beside the PotashCorp Ark exhibit in the Zoo, is a 9,600 square foot sheltered rental facility with the ability to host large corporate or family functions of up to 500 people (banquet) and 800 people (reception).  The pavilion will also serve as the permanent home of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation’s annual Zoogala fundraising event.

Close to 20 Saskatoon organizations, businesses, and individuals came together to make this building a reality.  Major funding partners include the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, Lions Clubs of Saskatoon, Supreme Steel, and PotashCorp.  Other contributors include Gerry and Tina Grandey, Dunmac Construction, Prairie Maintenance, Hertz Equipment Rental, Precision Asphalt, Arial Electric, Edwards Edwards McEwen Architects, Jenevar Engineering, R. Litz & Sons Company, and Harris Rebar.  The pavilion will be managed by the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo as a rental facility and will be made available to the Saskatoon Zoo Society for special programs and events.

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo has been a cornerstone of ecology, inspired learning, and lasting memories in the prairies for nearly a hundred years.  This National Historic Site boasts carefully crafted garden spaces, restored heritage buildings, a great new naturally-themed playground and Saskatchewan’s only CAZA accredited zoo.  Approximately 225,000 visitors come annually to discover all that the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo has to offer!

For more information on the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo or renting the Lions Event Pavilion, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/go/zoo or call 975-3382.

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