New Flex Parking Stations Being Installed, Not Operational Until New Year

The City of Saskatoon will begin installing new FlexParking pay stations in the downtown and core business districts on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, however the stations will not be operational until early 2015.

“This flexible, pay-by-plate system will replace the individual coin meters in the city’s Downtown, Broadway, Sutherland and Riversdale business districts,” says Angela Gardiner, Director of Transportation. “The easy to use system will enable citizens to pay using coins, credit cards, the new City Parking Card and, in the near future, cell phones. It also allows you to park at various locations throughout the city on a single payment.”

Drivers may move around the city and occupy several spaces, using their single parking purchase at multiple spots. However, drivers must still obey the posted time limits associated with each new space. Parking commissioners will be able to tell how much time your vehicle has sat in each location through the aid of licence plate identification and recognition software.

The new machines are solar powered and ticketless; you simply enter your licence plate number at the nearest pay station, make your payment and walk away. Since your payment is tied to your licence plate, there is no need to display a ticket on the dash. Receipts are issued as requested. In total, 325 pay stations will replace 2,800 coin meters; parking fees will remain unchanged.

“We had been hearing from residents that the old meters were dated and inflexible, especially as cash is used less and less for transactions and fewer people are carrying change,” says Gardiner. “Until the new systems are activated, people should continue to plug the old coin meters. Once the new stations are active, the existing meters will be hooded until they are removed.”

A map showing  where the new FlexParking pay stations are being installed is available at and people are also encouraged to try out the new pay station in the City Hall foyer where a test station has been installed. Note that the test station only accepts credit cards but that no charges will be applied to your card for these tests.

For more information about the new FlexParking pay stations visit or call 306-975-2980.


City Park Blue Cart Collections Change to Thursday In 2015

City Park households will have their blue carts collected on Thursday (rather than Wednesday) starting January 8, 2015. The last blue cart collection in 2014 for City Park will be on Wednesday, December 31.

Changing the recycling routes will decrease the amount of fuel used by the Loraas Recycle collection trucks and reduce GHG emissions. Your 2015 garbage collection schedule is NOT changing.

The change to blue cart recycling collection day is reflected in the 2015 Waste and Recycling Calendar, which will be in your mailbox around December 24. The Calendar highlights the waste and recycling collection days for your specific household only. The Calendar also reflects the recent change to garbage collection frequency during April and October from once a week to once every two weeks. It also provides useful information on how to use and place carts for pick-up, how to subscribe to the optional green cart program ($55 in 2015), as well as other waste recycling and disposal options around the city.

An easy-to-use online version of the blue, black and optional green cart collection calendar allows you to search your schedule by your home address. Just visit You can sign up to get handy reminders by phone or email and never miss another collection day.

Households in the Exhibition neighbourhood are also changing to Thursday blue cart recycling collections in 2015.

Loraas Recycle provides the blue cart recycling service and is available to answer your questions. Just call (306) 242-2300 or email

By recycling paper and packaging, and putting waste in the right place, together we can divert recyclables away from our Landfill and grow a greener Saskatoon.

Seniors Globe Walk 2015

The Saskatoon Council On Aging is a community leader in the health and independence of older adults. During community consultations for the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative, older adults identified the need for more physical activity and social opportunities during the winter months. The Seniors’ Globe Walk is a response to that need.

See the attached for further information.

City Park Toy Library

The City Park Toy Library, located in the basement of City Park Collegiate, 820 9th Ave North, is open every Friday from 10:00am to 11:30am until the end of May. The library is a not-for-profit lending library open to all Saskatoon families. It houses over 175 good quality toys suitable for children ages six months to six years. Three toys at a time may be borrowed for up to two weeks per family. The library is also a place for children to play and for parents/caregivers to visit.
If you are looking for a place to donate your toys, the Toy Library will accept washable (no plush) toys as long as all, or at least the vast majority of pieces, are intact and the toy is useful and fun.

For more information please contact Carla at

Carla Fehr

Toy Library Coordinator