The ‘Grancuna’ Legacy
When Bob Filberg passed away in 1977 he bequeathed the Grancuna Lodge, as the Filberg Lodge was then known, along with the surrounding 9-acres and 11 million dollars to the Vancouver Foundation. In 1979 The Town of Comox petitioned the Vancouver Foundation and bought this property to be used as a public park and the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association (FHLPA) was established to manage the property.
The Lodge, built in 1929, was in great disrepair as were most of the outbuildings and structures. With seed money from the Vancouver Foundation repairs were done to the Lodge, wishing well, arbour, dairy building, Tea House, rock walls, and fencing. By the end of 1984 over $94,000 had been spent on this restoration. Many community partners and organizations contributed money and labour to re-build this community treasure.
Today the Lodge, its many outbuildings, and any fence or rock wall you see are looked after by the not-for-profit organization the FHLPA. The FHLPA is a registered charity that relies on fund-raising and donations to maintain and restore the buildings within the Park. The Town of Comox employs a full-time gardener year-round to care for the beautiful grounds and gardens.
The Filberg Festival was created in 1983 to raise funds for maintenance and today is the major fundraiser for the FHLPA. We do not receive municipal, provincial, or federal money. Every purchase from the Gift Shop, Filberg Festival passes, raffle tickets, or admission to any FHLPA event goes toward much-needed restoration and operational costs.
Improvements made to the Park & Lodge in the past five years include: a new roof on the Lodge, chicken barn, dairy barn, and rabbit hutch, new fences around the park, new roof and renovations to the Tea House, improvements to the Lodge such as a new furnace, rain gutters, new fascia, and most recently a complete restoration of all of the Lodge siding. New concrete and gravel pathways have been installed and re-pointing of rock pathways has been accomplished.
Restoration is a constant focus of the FHLPA. The Lodge roof has been repaired three times since 1979, because with this stunning location also comes exposure to weather, salt, and rain all of which degrade the structures over time.
In 2014 the old tented concert stage in the upper meadow was replaced with a new, permanent timber frame structure. The Comox Rotary Stage in Filberg Park was a joint project between 19 Wing Comox, 191 CEF, the Comox Rotary Club, the Town of Comox and the FHLPA. It is now the home of the Filberg Festival Main Stage and the Filberg Summer Concert Series.
The Filberg Lodge and Park is a vital part of Comox Valley history and our community heritage as well as a place for the community to gather for great music and fabulous events. We need your support to continue this legacy for future generations.
Thank you from the Board of Directors
The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association (FHLPA) is a non-profit organization established in 1979, which has the responsibility of maintaining and restoring the heritage lodge and outbuildings in the park. All moneys raised by the FHLPA from membership sales, donations, special events and year round fundraising are used for this purpose and for the operational costs associated with managing the Filberg Park for the community to enjoy.
Mission: The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Parks Association is dedicated to the funding, preservation and management of the lodge and park, where all are welcome to enjoy this historic setting.
Vision: Engage our communities
The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors.
|2015 Board of Directors:|
|Town of Comox Rep.||Maureen Swift|
|Executive Administrator||Eden Lindsay-Bodie|
|Facility Manager||Joe Julien|
|Filberg Festival Producer||Susan Lewis|
|Fundraising/Special Events||Brooklyn Galloway|
|Communications||Kathleen Bell/Mark Allan|
|Festival/Summer Kitchen Liaison||Kevin Moore|
|Lodge/Gift Shop Volunteers||Cynthia Davies/Jenny Devore|
|Maintenance||Allan Morrison/Kevin Moore/Tom Blackburn|
|H/R, Membership||Cynthia Davies/Mo MacKendrick|