Plans to overhaul Saskatoon’s oldest and most renowned park have been given the green light by city council, with work expected to begin in roughly one year.
The move comes after several months of stakeholder workshops and two open houses where city planners and park architects encouraged the public to provide feedback.
The design, says the city, incorporates seven main features which not only account for Kinsmen Park, but also the re-use of the Mendel Gallery Building.
The main features — which are split between a five-year plan, 10-year plan and 25 year plan — include new rides and childrens’ play areas, character improvement of Spadina Crescent, riverbank rehabilitation, improved and upgraded trails, Mendel integration, substantial increases to winter amenities and cultural and historical awareness.
The centerpiece of the park will be the childrens’ play area, which will include two new rides, a new train and an expanded train route.
Jeanna South, Kinsmen Park and Area master plan project leader, said the feedback they received was very positive about keeping the area family oriented. According to designs, the park will have water play, nature play, youth play and play for young children.
To ensure safety, Spadina Crescent will be redesigned, in the long-term, to be a slow-traffic, tree-lined, promenade with a roundabout just before the University Bridge intersection.
For the Winter, the city plans to promote the area as a hub for cold weather activities. During the design phase, members of the Saskatoon Nordic ski community worked closely with the city on maintaining and improving current trails. The blueprint also shows a tobogganing mound, an ice skating path and a winterized concession.
UPDATE: the Kinsmen Park and Area Masterplan wins national design award March 5. Read more here.
Click here to view the summer program plan.
Click here to view the winter program plan.
Click here for more details from the City of Saskatoon website.
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