Category Archives: City of Saskatoon

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Our Second Big Dig – Weaver Park!

You are invited to com-and-go engagement event, Tue. Oct. 18 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the John Lake School gym (2606 Broadway Ave. S7J 0Z6), to learn more see here.

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’s Flood Control Strategy (FCS) is underway with the near completion of a dry storm pond in W.W. Ashley District Park, and the beginning of dry storm pond construction in Churchill Park.  The dry ponds are designed to hold storm water that would otherwise cause flooding during intense rainfalls.  They are designed to drain within 24 hours so the area can continue to be utilized as park or recreational space outside of rainfall events.

Plans by Saskatoon Water are still on track for the third FCS project: construction of a dry storm pond on the north side of Weaver Park in 2023.  The project, which was approved by City Council on April 25, 2022, will help mitigate flooding near the intersections at Dufferin Ave. and Cascade St. and at Dufferin Ave. and Bute St.

Please, visit saskatoon.ca/engage and find the “Weaver Park Redesign” for a recorded presentation that includes the renderings, information on how the dry storm pond will function and an explanation on the various stages of construction.

Please, review the video presentation prior to the come-and-go event where you will have the opportunity to provide comments and ask questions.

For questions or concerns related to this project, please, contact:
Mitch McMann, Storm Water Utility Manager
Saskatoon Water, City of Saskatoon
222 3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0J5
Phone: 306-986-0914
E-mail: mitchell.mcmann@saskatoon.ca

Ruth Street Water Main Rehabilitation Project

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Saskatoon is unable to hold in person open houses for key construction projects scheduled for the summer of 2021. This video describes water main maintenance and service connection work that will take place on Ruth Street between Broadway Avenue and Lorne Avenue.

Ruth Street


It is hoped that the presentation answers some of the questions area residents have. After watching, residents may contact the City of Saskatoon either by phone 306-975-2476 or e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with further questions.

The work will be phased in order to minimize disruptions to area residents:
Phase 1 – Sidewalk Rehabilitation Work – Complete
Phase 2 – Sewer Service Connection Work – Complete
Phase 3 – Road Resurfacing Work – Underway

Due to the amount of rain the city received recently this project has been set back. To accommodate the still needed rehabilitation work along with repairing the damage the rain caused phase 3 will now be split into smaller parts, this repair work is currently being undertaken.

For details, view the Project Map and read the Project Update. The next project update is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

W. W. Ashley Park Storm Pond – Our Big Dig!

Update:

Monday, June 20, 2022: New pond passed with flying colours. The performance of the new storm pond, in W.W. Ashley Park, appears to have handled the influx of stormwater, exactly as intended.  It filled up “like an Olympic swimming pool” in just a few hours. Learn more in the StarPhoenix.

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 has 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.

Phase 1 Excavation of the W.W. Ashley District Park Dry Storm Pond Project is complete.

Phase 2 – Landscape construction is now substantially complete.

Ashley Park aerial  photo
Photo Courtesy City of Saskatoon

Phase 3 – Storm sewer construction and sidewalk and road rehabilitation work on Dufferin Ave. and Lansdowne Ave. from 1st St. E. to Taylor St. E. has been completed.

For questions or concerns related to this project please contact our Customer Care Centre at 306 975-2476 or email us at customercare@saskatoon.ca.
Transportation and Construction Division 306 975-2476
Construction and Design Department / Technical Services Department
City of Saskatoon 222 3rd Ave. N. Saskatoon SK  S7K 0J5
constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca 

Please be advised there is an error in our last project update (above).  The park is anticipated to be reopened to the public in the fall of 2022, not following the spring melt as indicated. This closure is required to allow for the proper establishment of the newly placed landscaping.  We apologize for this error and appreciate your patience with us as we work to reopen W.W. Ashley District Park.

COVID-19 Resources

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

Saskatoon
The latest from City Hall: With the arrival of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Re-Opening Roadmap Step 3, the gradual resumption of City programs and services continues.

Saskatchewan
Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

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

Prevent the Spread of Dutch Elm Disease



Prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease by not pruning elms during the provincial ban from Apr. 1 to Aug. 31.  Mother Nature thanks you.
It is illegal to use, transport, store or sell elm firewood. Be a responsible citizen and dispose of elm wood at the City Landfill.

If you suspect an elm tree is unhealthy – wilting, yellowing leaves beginning in late June – call Urban Forestry at 306-975-2890. Thanks for doing your part!

For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/dutchelmdisease.

Researcher calls for McPherson Avenue to be renamed.

Although spelled differently, McPherson Avenue is believed to be named after Sir David Lewis MacPherson.  Minister of the Interior under John A. MacDonald’s government in 1882, he was responsible for the policy of granting land to settlement companies in return for assurances of the number of settlers the companies would bring.  MacPherson gave the Temperance Colonization Society a land grant to establish their colony in Saskatoon.
From Exhibition LAP Final Report

According to historian Keith Carlson, temperance colony activist John Lake named the street in his honour after the politician intervened and stopped the surveying of long, narrow Metis river lots in the area.
Stephanie Danyluk, a historical researcher, is asking Saskatoon City Council to consider renaming McPherson Avenue, given its namesake’s “egregious” policy decisions while serving as Prime Minister John A. Macdonald’s minister of the interior.
From Saskatoon StarPhoenix, March 5 2021

Researcher Stephanie Danyluk penned a letter to City Council in which she noted
his mistreatment of Métis people asserting their land rights, citing it as a catalyst to the 1885 Riel Resistance.
From Global News, March 9 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 saskatoon.ca/LAP, 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
E-mail: keith.folkersen@saskatoon.ca

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

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 saskatoon.ca/transit-plan, and find details of the Downtown Active Transportation Network Plan at saskatoon.ca/moving-around/cycling/cycling-plans-projects.

Find out more about Plan for Growth initiatives at saskatoon.ca/engage.  Information will be added to the Growth Plan website as it becomes available at saskatoon.ca/growth.

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

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

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.