Residential parking permits about to expire

The City of Saskatoon is reminding City Park residents who live in the residential parking permit zone, near City Hospital, that their parking permits expire April 30.

The new permits are available at city hall and must be displayed by May 10.

The City Park residential parking permits allows residents who live in the permit zone to park longer than the posted time limit. Proof of residency must be provided when purchased.

Two-hour time restriction signs are posted in a large area surrounding City Hospital and are in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Vehicles without a permit that are parked longer than the posted limit will be subject to a ticket.

Check out the city’s website for more information.

The shaded area below shows the City Park parking permit zone.

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Jane’s Walk fosters community pride

By Dwayne Keir, Member-at-Large

As the old adage goes: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?”

But what does that actually mean? How does this concept work in the real world?

Both of these questions can be answered when trying to understand what builds, maintains and sustains a community.

The work of Jane Jacobs centered on creating concepts and systems that will better understand these type of questions, while seeking to achieve better answers to them as well.

Humans obviously prefer, as a minimal standard, a living arrangement that is safe, healthy, enjoyable, affordable, clean, and accessible.

What makes the concept of “a community” complex is that each person will have a unique perspective of what this type living arrangement consists of.

Since 2007, on the first weekend of May walking events have been organized around the globe in honor of Jane Jacobs and her work.

The walks are local, diverse, and most importantly, informally planned so that they simply frame discussions about the community in which they occur.

A walk can be as simple as moving between and discussing the favourite gathering places in a neighbourhood and why people gather there.

These types of shared experiences are the roots of self organizing systems which build and grow vibrant communities.

Basically, there are no rules for the walks, the only goal is to understand and enhance our community through sharing reflections of where and how we live.

If anyone is interested in coming out, or organizing a walk, please feel free to send a quick message to any of the Jane’s Walk contacts, or post your own walk on the website below.

http://www.janeswalk.net/cities/landing/category/saskatoon/

Gord Androsoff
gandrosoff@sasktell.net
Cell: 306-371-8108

Tom Wolf
tom.wolf@sasktel.net
Cell: 306-716-2490

Dwayne Keir
keir.dwayne@gmail.com
Cell: 306-717-2807

Photo: Alexandra Guerson/Flickr

6th North Park Scouts

Spring 2012 Bottle Drive: April 21

The North Park Scout Group would like to thank the residents of City Park for their support over the years. We will be holding our annual Spring Bottle Drive in City Park on Saturday April 21. During this bottle drive we will NOT be knocking on your door, but if you leave your bottles, cans and other recyclable drink containers on your front door step on Saturday morning we will be very pleased to pick them up. If you are not going to be home or if you forget to leave your bottles and cans out for us, you can call Don Greer at 242-7945 and he would be pleased to arrange for one of our members to come by and pick up your bottles and cans. Or if you have that garage or basement full now and would like us to clean that out for you, please give us a call now.

Spring Registration:

The 6th North Park Scout Group is providing a onetime offer to girls and boys ages 5 to 14 to become involved in Scouting (Beavers 5-7, Cubs 8-10 & Scouts 11-14). The Group will cover the $50.00 Spring Registration Fee and provide you with a 6th North Park Scout T-shirt and an opportunity to participate in the balance of our programs for the Spring of 2012. This will include our remaining meetings in April and May, a Beaveree or Cuberee in May and access to any camps offered by either the 6 th North Park Scout Group or Scouts Canada. Our Beaver Colony meets Tuesdays at 6:30 and our Cubs & Scouts meet Thursdays at 6:30. All meetings are at North Park/Wilson School. If you are interested, please contact our Group Register, Olivia Hilderman, at 683-6390. Registration must be received by Tuesday April 17 and new members must agree to participate in the Spring Bottle Drive on April 21.

Photo: Scouts Canada

City Park needs a programming director!

The CPCA is looking for a volunteer who is interested in taking over the community programming portfolio, which currently includes yoga, Zumba, Boot Camp and several children’s programs.

Check out our programs page here.

The programs director is responsible for deciding what programs to run, booking space at the highschool, seeking out and coordinating instructors, and hosting registration nights.

As of late, the programs have been available in three sessions per year: Spring, Fall and Winter.

If you are interested in coming on-board and helping out with the programs, contact Susan Wall at cswall@sasktel.net or by phone at 978-4377.

Photo: Lululemon athletica/Flickr

City food bank freshens things up with urban garden challenge

The Saskatoon Food Bank is issuing a challenge to businesses, community groups and citizens to take over a plot of the downtown vegetable patch and tend it for the upcoming gardening season.

Over the past two summers, the 900 block of Third Avenue North, in City Park, has gone from a chalky run-down vacant lot to a vast well-kept vegetable patch, with the help of a core group of food bank volunteers and area residents. To date, the garden has produced 12,700 kilograms of fresh vegetables for food bank hampers.

This year, organizers are hoping teams from within the community are willing to join them and in getting their hands dirty and help contribute to the harvest.

“Hopefully, it’ll inspire groups to get involved in urban agriculture, generate some excitement and create some friendly competition,” said Jasmin Fookes, the food bank’s urban agriculture coordinator, to the StarPhoenix.

She said the challenge will run right from planting to harvesting, so it will keep teams busy and interested throughout the growing season.

The rare strip of downtown garden, which has been mostly potatoes and corn in recent years, will be expanding to other varieties of vegetables with a focus on companion crops, Fookes told the Starphoenix.

The food bank gets thousands of requests each month for emergency food and relies on donations and the garden patch to keep its shelves stocked, especially during the summer months.

“It allows us to provide fresh produce throughout the growing season,” she said.

Fookes said that with over 20 community gardens and the popularity of the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, the city is becoming more interested in fresh, locally-grown food.

“There’s a lot of vacant land in the city and the patch is the first initiative of its kind in Saskatoon,” she told the StarPhoenix. “Hopefully it inspires others to take on their own urban agriculture projects.”

The City Park Community Garden — located in Wilson Park — received a high volume of applications this year, and has assigned a full slate of plots. Gardening season should kick off in the coming weeks.

Photo: John Pozadzides/Flickr

SP story by Jeremy Warren

Dog thefts on the rise in City Park

Two City Park residents who say their dogs were stolen from secure backyards in recent months have come forward to the StarPhoenix, worried that the incidents are related and warning dog owners in the area to keep a close eye on their pets.

Their real names were not used in the StarPhoenix story because they believe the thefts could be an organized effort tied to dog fighting.

They say they have been in contact with a number of others living in City Park and North Park whose pets have also gone missing under similar circumstances.

The dogs were all stolen from secure backyards during the evening hours and the missing dogs are all medium-or large-sized breeds, such as blue heelers and pitbulls.

“Maybe it’s all a coincidence, but why three stolen heelers in three months?” said Cindy (not her real name), who recently had her dog stolen, in an interview with the StarPhoenix.

Cindy said her dog, which has never left the yard on its own, went missing from her fenced-in City Park backyard March 17. Her dog was outside for 90 minutes when she heard a bark and went outside only to find the dog was gone.

A man in City Park said his pit bull disappeared from his backyard while out for groceries one evening in November. He said his dog could not of escaped because the yard is surrounded by a two-metre fence with padlocks on the gate.

“She didn’t jump the fence and none of the locks were broken,” Robert (not his real name) told the StarPhoenix.

Robert said he has been contacted by three other dogs owners who have fallen victim to dog theft, all with a similar story. He said the dogs have all been of breeds known to be aggressive, which gives him the impression the pets were stolen for dog fighting.

Saskatoon Police are investigating at least one of the thefts, and are asking others whose dogs have suspiciously gone missing to come forward.

As of April 9, the police said there is no evidence suggesting that a criminal dogfighting organization is responsible for the thefts.

The SPCA has been contacted and is going over missing dog reports to determine if their is a pattern, but initially nothing is pointing to an organized effort, said Tiffany Koback, SPCA Saskatoon shelter director, to the StarPhoenix.

“We are concerned that if there are a number of dogs missing from the area then we need other dog owners to contact us to determine is there is any connection,” Cindy said.

Photo: stephskardal/Flickr

SP story by Jeremy Warren