Library Boxes

The public library is, of course, an important resource to every city and community.
Private book exchange boxes add value by encouraging reading, making books more available and building community. Patrons may take a book and return it, keep and /or leave one in its place.

Over the past couple of years, I have found more book-houses popping up in Your Community.
There are now at least seven, one or more in each neighbourhood.
In Exhibition: on Lorne Ave., and on Hilliard St. E.
In Queen Elizabeth: on Maple St., on Adelaide St. E., on William Ave. and on York Ave.
In West Haultain: on 4th St. E.

The “Librarians” are retirees, working folk, professionals, all of whom are interested in reading and encouraging others to read. They are all involved in the community.

Their motivation to erect book boxes is as varied as the books in them: For Rick, it was a winter woodworking project. Natasha’s was a gift from a friend, who built it from an old cupboard. She had appreciated the ones she had used while living in Kenya. Adrian was inspired by one he had seen that was created by an artist. Andrew made a few additions, to a Christmas gift from a family member, to reflect the couple’s interests. Another librarian received hers as a Mother’s Day gift from her children.

The rewards for their efforts are, primarily, seeing folks reading; having books being re-read and not thrown into a recycling bin. It’s interesting to watch the comings and goings, interact with their neighbours and make new friends. Interesting conversations have been started beside the library. Sometimes there are tangible rewards like treats left for the dog.

Most don’t monitor what others add to the library but some don’t include religious books or eroticism. When there are children’s books, they go quickly. It’s not always books that are left: CDs, puzzles, a Meccano set, crayons, crochet cotton – even plants have been left under a box.

The patrons of the libraries are of all ages: adults, children, young adults, all interests and come from all walks of life.

The neighbours have provided good support and use of the library. There has been little graffiti and comments have been complimentary.

It’s not just libraries. Don’t forget the Free Little Art Gallery can be found on Hilliard St. E
If you know of others, please, tell us where to look (

If you search for “library boxes” online, you will find the “Little Free Library” organisation. Currently in Your Community, only the one on Hilliard St. is registered with the organisation.

Know your responsibilities and risks.
Provided that the library box does not include a permanent structure, there are no issues with erecting your library on City property, including the easement.
The City of Saskatoon and utility providers sometimes need access to public land, for example, to maintain underground utilities or build or repair sidewalks. This means that your library could be removed or damaged. The City and utility providers are not liable for damage to or removal of materials or structures on public land. The same guidelines apply as for Boulevard Gardens.

Can you match the photos to the locations? Do you know of any others Library Boxes in Your Community? Share a photo by email, Facebook or Instagram.

Housing Accelerator Fund Information Sessions

Example of a 4 unit dwelling

The public is invited to attend two information sessions about the Housing Accelerator Fund and proposed bylaw changes. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn how the Housing Accelerator Fund aims to support the development of more housing in Saskatoon. The sessions are designed as come and go events, allowing residents to attend at their convenience.  

Session 1

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
1130 Idylwyld Drive North 
In the cafeteria

Session 2

Thursday, June 6, 2024 
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Saskatoon Fieldhouse 
2020 College Drive 
In the lobby

The sessions will include information about:

  • Permitting up to four dwelling units on all residential sites 
  • Permitting multiple-unit residential development within 800m of the bus rapid transit stations
  • Streamlining approvals for residential care homes
  • Removing minimum parking requirements city wide

All proposed amendments will be brought forward to a Public Hearing for Council’s consideration in June, with the exception of parking which will be brought forward in July.

Visit to learn more about the information sessions and the Housing Accelerator Fund. 

QEXCA Spring & Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Your community association is looking for additional help to continue to improve our community. Do you want to make a difference in your neighborhood? If so, then we invite you to join the QEXCA!

Currently, we are looking for volunteers for the following positions:

  • Theatre in the Park help
  • Community Yard Sale Coordinators
  • Summer Cleanup Coordinators
  • Community Gardens Liaison
  • City Hall Liaison
  • Business Liaison
  • Mailing List Coordinator
  • Director of Indoor Programs
  • Facility Reservation Coordinator
  • Instructor Recruitment Coordinator
  • Scheduling Coordinator

For more information about any of these roles, please read the full Volunteer Opportunities information here. If you are interested in volunteering, you can complete our Volunteer Application form, or email us at

Our Second Big Dig – Weaver Park!

Photo Credit – City of Saskatoon

April 2024 Update

The City of Saskatoon sent out a flyer to residents surrounding Weaver Park to remind them that the dry storm pond and the multi-purpose field are still closed at this time to allow the landscaping to be completed. At this time, it has not been decided when the storm pond and accompanying field will be available to be used by the community.

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 completion of the dry storm pond in W.W. Ashley District Park and the nearly completed 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 on track for the third FCS project: construction of a dry storm pond on the north side of Weaver Park this year.  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.

This project update has the latest information about the Weaver Park Project. The next project update is scheduled for 2024.

Related to the Weaver Park Dry Storm Pond Project, the City will be removing and replacing old watermains.  If you have been notified of a watermain and service connection replacement project on your street, this short informational video explains the process and what to expect.

As well, this summer, the City will expand the scope of the project to include irrigation upgrades on the south side of the park, which will be fenced off and closed for construction beginning in late-July.
During the dry storm pond project engagement process, the City had committed to keeping the playground open, however this recent change in scope means construction will now be taking place on all four sides of the playground. The playground will also be affected by the irrigation upgrades.
These upgrades mean the park will be completely irrigated – both the pond (north) and the multipurpose field (south).
It is the City’s aim to keep the playground open for as long as possible, but it will eventually be fenced off and temporarily closed.  It will reopen this fall or possibly earlier, depending on adjacent construction progress.

If you have any questions about the watermain project, please contact:
Transportation & Construction Division | tel 306.975.2476
Construction & Design Department | Technical Services Department
City of Saskatoon | 222 3rd Avenue North | Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0J5

Please, visit “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.

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

Become a Champion for Diabetes Canada

This year, Diabetes Canada is asking for Community Champions to organize their own Lace Up walks. A Community Champion would be responsible for picking a location for the 5 km walk and getting other people involved with the walk. This could be anyone, your family, friends, coworkers, church members. By becoming a Community Champion and creating and going on your own Lace Up walk, you will be joining thousands of people across the country to helping fight diabetes by raising awareness and possible donations while also getting some fresh air!

If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion, please look over these steps outlining the process of how your efforts as a Community Champions would need to be used, while also showing what support Diabetes Canada will provide you.

If you have any questions about becoming a Community Champion, please feel free to email the Lace Up team members in the Community Champion step outline.

Free Tiny Tots Soccer

Thursdays 6:00 to 7:00 pm

starting January 25th

Queen Elizabeth School gym

The QEXCA is now offering our winter edition of Tiny Tots Soccer for free! Would you like an activity for your kids (aged 5 – 7) to be active, have fun, interact with children their own age and learn some soccer skills along the way? Then the Tiny Tots Soccer program could be just what you are looking for. Your children will be encouraged to take part in a variety of age-appropriate games and drills, focused on ways to develop their soccer skills, all while having fun and learning to be a part of a team. Due to the number of children in the program, a parent or adult caregiver must stay during the class to help supervise their children. Weekly commitment is appreciated.

Please see the full schedule for more information about Tiny Tots Soccer. Spots are limited, so if you are interested, please email as soon as you can to guarantee your child’s spot.

Queen Elizabeth Rink Upgrades

The lighting poles at the Queen Elizabeth Rink need to be replaced, for safety concerns because of their age. This replacement will occur on Saturday, December 9 starting at 9 am. During this time, please, stay away from the rink and construction equipment. The end goal of this replacement is to make sure that Your Community Association continues to provide a safe and fun skating environment. Besides addressing safety concerns, the new pole will be taller, which will decrease the light pollution the rink will give off.

If you have any questions, please email

Breaking ground on New St. Frances Cree Bilingual School

School Sign

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Since 2007 the St. Frances Cree Bilingual school has been educating students in the Exhibition area and beyond. Its current location in the community is just temporary while they worked towards funding and designing their permanent building. This new school, in the Holliston neighbourhood, will feature three stories that will support 600 students from pre-school to grade 9, with 70 additional spots dedicated to childcare; the timeline for this new school completion is Fall of 2025. While it is disappointing to see this school leave the community the new building will provide a better learning environment for a larger number of students. For more information please read the CBC’s Story about this topic:

On June 26, 2023, after inflationary pressures caused delays in construction, the start of construction of the new school was announced.  Read More at

The “Brownfield” at Broadway and Taylor

An overgrown empty lot with construction equipment preparing to clean it
Brownfield before its clean up

What is a “Brownfield”? Brownfields can include sites previously used as gas stations, rail yards, dry cleaners, warehouses and storage areas for toxic substances as well as riverbanks, waterfronts, and any other sites where there was a history of commercial or industrial activity. While often associated with environmental contamination, brownfields are not necessarily contaminated. Some brownfield sites may remain underdeveloped because of stigma associated with previous commercial or industrial activity on the site. From the City of Saskatoon’s Brownfield Renewal Strategy & Incentive Program Recommendations Report 2018.

The lot on the south-west corner of Broadway Ave. and Taylor St. was the site of a gas station until the 90s. From 1952, this lot held a radio studio for CFNS, which apparently was the Radio-Prairies Nord Ltee. Station, and was in operation until 1966-67. In 1968 the Broadway Texaco service station began operations. This service station was in business until the late 1990s. In the early 1990s it switched from a Texaco to an Esso service station.

Now it is owned by a former Queen Elizabeth School student, who is conducting environmental remediation processes on the soil. That will take a couple of years to complete and obtain Provincial approval. Until then, the realtor, who is the son-in-law of the owner, has an agreement to use the property, May to October, for food trucks – maybe ice cream and lemonade.

Many thanks to Ken Dahl, City of Saskatoon Archives, for the history of the location.

This story was originally published in our Spring 2023 newsletter. Check the newsletter out if you want to read more stories or find out information about Your Community Association.

What’s Happening At Lathey Pool??

New blue and purple slide at Lathey Pool with construction equipment in front of it
Lathey Pool’s new slide

From an email sent by Andrew Roberts, Director, Recreation and Community Development for the City of Saskatoon:
“The current work at Lathey Pool involves the removal of the existing water slide that has reached the end of its useful life to be replaced with a new slide as part of our Facilities Department’s asset management.  The work is scheduled to be completed and the new slide in place in time for the 2023 outdoor pool operating season.  The new slide will include a new run out section that will provide a more enjoyable and safer experience for all pool users.”

Update March 27, 2023
The waterslide installment is on track to be completed by the end of April.  This will allow proper time for landscaping of the area prior to opening in early June.
From an email sent by Lori Brown, Recreation Services Manager, Recreation and Community Development for the City of Saskatoon.

Prairieland Park Soccer Facility Public Engagement

With the possibility that a new soccer stadium will replace Marquis Downs at Prairieland Park in the Exhibition neighbourhood, the City of Saskatoon is starting an public engagement process to gain feedback from the city.

Possible layout for the soccer stadium, as imagined by Living Sky Sports and Entertainment

On December 1st from 7:00 to 8:30pm an information meeting will be conducted over Microsoft Teams, this meeting will start with presentations and then move into a public question and answer period. There is also a feedback period for any questions and comments starting on November 14th and ending on January 2nd, 2023 at 4:30pm that is open to the citizens of Saskatoon. If you would like to learn more about this proposed project or possibly chime in with ideas of your own, more information can be found on the City of Saskatoon’s website.