Jester Park Lodge
Thank you for your interest in the Jester Park Lodge.
Go to jesterparklodge.com where we invite you to contact Christiani’s Catering as your source for Lodge services. Polk County Conservation needed to focus its attention on core-mission programs and was expending a good deal of resources in managing the Lodge. After an extensive proposal process, the Polk County Conservation Board contracted with Christiani’s to manage the Lodge on our behalf. Our rental rates have dropped as part of this approach to Lodge management, but they have been offset by cleaning and administration fees required to meet the needs of the Lodge. In the past, Polk County Conservation staff was unduly burdened with administrative and cleaning costs inappropriate for taxpayers to support.
While Christiani’s is the primary caterer for the Lodge, you do have flexibility for your event. Monday through Thursday rental (and Sunday) will allow you to use outside caterers for a fee. On Fridays and Saturdays, catering services are provided by Christiani’s only.
Christiani’s now holds the liquor license for the Lodge. If you choose not to supply alcohol through Christiani’s, you will be required to secure a single-event license and insurance coverage appropriate to your event.
You can find more information on the Christiani’s website. Thank you for understanding the need to make this change. It benefits the county through limited liability exposure, increased revenues for conservation work, and most importantly, your conservation staff more dedicated than ever to protecting the natural resources of Polk County.