Welcome to Emerson Park Pavilion

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Located in scenic Cayuga County, the Emerson Park Pavilion is a historic landmark that sits stately on the shores of Owasco Lake.  More than a century old, this historic building recently underwent major improvements which resulted in a venue that is overflowing with character but now equipped modern amenities.  Exclusively operated by H & J Hospitality, Emerson Park Pavilion is a prime location for weddings and corporate events in the Central New York area.

A bit of history

 A Vintage Postcard of Emerson Park and the Pavilion

A Vintage Postcard of Emerson Park and the Pavilion

Emerson Park Pavilion is just one attribute of the gorgeous Emerson Park in Auburn, NY.  Emerson Park has an incredibly rich history and great significance to generations of families in Central New York. Originally called Lakeside Park more than a century ago, it has featured live bands, carnivals with amusements such as a roller coaster and carousel, trolley car transportation, steamboat rides on the lake, and more over the years.

Artists' rendering of the Pavilion renovations

The original lakeside pavilion at Owasco Lake was constructed in 1895. This wooden pavilion hosted big bands and dancing every afternoon and evening during the summer season, until the facility burned to the ground in May 1912. The owner at that time, the Auburn and Syracuse Electric Railroad Company, decided to rebuild on the same site. A new pavilion opened just a few months later in July. It featured new amenities, like the 5,200 square foot dance floor, an orchestra platform, a fully-equipped restaurant, the iconic fountain, and the largest “pleasure park” pavilion veranda in the United States.

 Groundbreaking, May 2011

Groundbreaking, May 2011

After decades of heavy-use, the turn of the century saw Emerson Park Pavilion in need of some tender love and care, In 2007, the Fred L. Emerson Foundation offered to assist Cayuga County with a comprehensive restoration of the Pavilion to ensure the facility would be available to create fond memories for generations to come. Ground broke on renovations on May 2, 2011 and H&J Hospitality hosted it's first event in the "new pavilion," on June 2, 2012 and hosted a centennial celebration and grand-opening on June 10, 2012.

Events at Emerson Park Pavilion

From the first phone call, to the last dance we pride ourselves on timely, flexible service. Please browse our sample menus at the top of the page or visit our corporate or wedding pages for more information.