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Hospice at Glengarda – Construction is complete!

The Hospice at Glengarda will be the first residential Hospice of its kind in Saskatoon and is a vital component in the continuum of care for palliative patients.  The 15-bed hospice is located at 301 Hilliard St. E. – the site formerly owned by the Ursuline Sisters as Glengarda Residence.  Samaritan Place (Long Term Care, Stonebridge) has been given the privilege of operating the Hospice.

I’d like to thank you (our neighbours) for your patience during the construction of the Hospice at Glengarda, as we know this activity in your quiet neighborhood would have been challenging at times.

We are excited that construction is now complete.  Our staff is busy moving into the building and preparing to welcome our first patient later this month.  You will continue to see many people coming and going from the Hospice, and cars parked in the streets.  I can assure you this is temporary and once we open, there will be less activity and traffic.

Thank you for welcoming us to the neighborhood.  The staff, who will be working at the Hospice, is thrilled to be here to provide care in this home-like setting.

Please, do not hesitate to contact me, at 306-986-1461, if you have questions or concerns.

Bette Boechler RN BSN MBA, Executive Director,
Samaritan Place and the Hospice at Glengarda (part of the Emmanuel Health family of facilities)*

* From a letter distributed to the neighbours in the immediate vicinity of the Hospice, January 18, 2021.
Learn more from the article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix Jan. 25, 2021.

W. W. Ashley Park Storm Pond – Update

Many residents and businesses in low lying, older areas have been devastated multiple times by flooding where the storm water system does not have the capacity to adequately manage flash flooding.  Streets in these higher-risk flood areas were not designed to convey storm water like they are now in newer neighbourhoods.

The City of Saskatoon is upgrading the storm water system to improve flood protection to residential and business properties near the 1st Street/ Dufferin Avenue and Taylor Street/ Broadway Avenue intersections. This will impact the multi-purpose sport field at W.W. Ashley Park and some local roads during construction.


  1. SaskEnergy completed moving their gas lines required for new storm water infrastructure. No other construction has started for W.W. Ashley Park storm water pond.
  2. The detailed design is complete for all storm water infrastructure.
  3. The landscaping design is complete to detail the storm pond after excavation.
  4. Signage is scheduled to go up at the end of November at W.W. Ashley Park to explain the project.
  5. The Engage website has been updated with an engagement summary, construction information, visuals of the constructed storm pond, and frequently asked questions.
  6. Neighbourhood mail flyers with brief formal update, including some artists’ renderings of the storm pond to be constructed, will be distributed.
  7. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Exhibition LAP Adopted!

We are excited to share the good news that City Council officially adopted the Exhibition Local Area Plan at yesterday’s meeting!

The report has been posted at, which is also where implementation updates on the 36 recommendations of the Exhibition LAP will be posted periodically in the future.

Thank you to the more than 190 Exhibition and Queen Elizabeth community members for your contributions in creating the plan! We hope everyone feels a sense of pride in helping your community. LAPs are not possible without the involvement and commitment of local stakeholders. We can’t do it without you!

What is a Local Area Plan

Local Area Planning is a community-based approach to developing comprehensive neighbourhood plans that enable residents, business owners, property owners, community groups, and other stakeholders to have direct input into the future of their neighbourhood.

Once completed, a LAP establishes the vision and goals to guide the growth and development of a neighbourhood.  It also identifies specific recommendations for improvements within a neighbourhood.

The study area boundary for the Exhibition LAP is Taylor Street to the North, Broadway Avenue to the East, Ruth Street (East of Lorne Avenue) and Circle Drive (West of Lorne Avenue) to the South, and the riverbank to the West (see attached study area map).

A picture is worth a thousand words! The City is asking residents to show what you love about living in the area.
See some of the photos that have been shared.
Submit photos of the sights and activities you enjoy.

If you have any questions about the LAP, the LAP Process, or the meetings, please contact:
Keith Folkersen, Senior Planner
Neighbourhood Planning Section
City of Saskatoon
Phone: 306 986-1690

Good Neighbour Guide

The City of Saskatoon’s Good Neighbour Guide provides a handy overview of Saskatoon’s bylaws, standards and regulations to help us all do our part to keep our neighbourhoods and city safe, clean and beautiful.
The guide includes information about:

  • Boulevard and Back Lane Maintenance
  • Fences
  • Fire Pits
  • Garage and Yard Sales
  • Garbage, Recycling and Composting
  • Home-based Businesses
  • Home Development
  • Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping
  • Noise
  • Parking
  • Property Drainage
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Snow and Ice on Sidewalks
  • Untidy Properties

COVID-19 Resources

Check this post frequently. These sites are updated as new information is available.

The latest from City Hall: The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate its planning efforts.

The City supports and will fully comply with both the guidelines and restrictions under the current Public Health Order, as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan.
Saskatoon Transit will resume loading passengers and collecting fares at the front doors
June 8.

Updates from Cynthia Block, Councilor, Ward 6: “Offers to pick up groceries, prescriptions, shovel walks or reach out via phone to strangers who may be lonely remind me again how lucky we are to live in this city. “

Updates from Mairin Loewen, Councilor, Ward 7: “I want to …  sincerely thank residents for everything they are doing to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community – by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and by continuing to stay connected with your neighbours.”

The Saskatoon Public Schools Parent and Caregiver Reopening Handbook has been updated with new details about staggered elementary school start dates, the revised high school quint calendar, and other division-wide reopening information. The handbook is updated whenever new information is available.

Effective March 25, City-owned playground structures and those in school yards at all schools (Saskatoon Public, Greater Saskatoon Catholic, and Canadienne Ecole Francais) will close until further notice. This action was necessary because the shared surfaces people touch – especially playground equipment – should not be used right now for the health and safety of your family, and to eliminate the potential for gatherings at play. For more information go to

The latest from the Provincial Government: a range of information, including a self-assessment tool.
Provincial Government Resources: Tips for parents and more.
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan

The latest from Public Health Canada: Prevention and treatment information from our Federal government.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention provides steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community.

Resources for Seniors
The Saskatoon Council on Aging has cancelled programs and activities until June.  Its phone lines remain open and staff are working remotely.  Any senior, who needs help to get groceries or needs a friendly volunteer caller, may contact the YXE Community Response to COVID-19.  The email is  The hotline is 306-361-4357.  There are also many other organizations that are helping.  To keep updated, visit the website

Maintain Physical Distance
The Meewasin Valley Authority has advice for when you do get out for some fresh air and exercise.

BRT Update

Project planning has continued according to projected timelines. Read about the
developments that have occurred, moving closer to the launch of Bus Rapid Transit

Updates from stakeholder meetings will be posted on the Transit Plan Engage Page as soon as they are publicly available.

You can find summaries of the reports, including engagement activities and route information, at, and find details of the Downtown Active Transportation Network Plan at

Find out more about Plan for Growth initiatives at  Information will be added to the Growth Plan website as it becomes available at

If you have any questions about BRT, or would like to participate in future engagement activities, please contact  If you have any questions about the Plan for Growth in general, please contact the Growth Plan Implementation Team at

For more information, or to find schedules and other trip planning tools, visit or download Transit App to plan your trip using real-time bus tracking.

Forsake the rake!

October 17, 2019

Conservation group encourages people to leave their leaves on the ground.
One of the most beautiful aspects of fall, the changing colour of leaves, comes with an onerous task: raking them all up. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), however, has some green advice for people wishing to avoid back-breaking yard work: leave the rake in the shed and the leaves on the ground.

Riverbank Development

In 2015, in response to the slope failure in the Nutana Slope area, City Council approved the continued monitoring and reporting on slope activity.  Since that time, the City Administration and its consultants continue to monitor the riverbank of the South Saskatchewan River with a focus on maintaining public safety.  City Administration also began reviewing options for regulations to support safe and sustainable development on riverbank properties.

The City of Saskatoon is proposing new regulations for development on properties adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River.  Impacted landowners and key stakeholders are invited to information sessions to obtain details.

Engagement on the proposed Riverbank Development Regulations will gather input from impacted residential and commercial landowners, as well as key stakeholder groups in advance of submission to City Council.