In June 2014, the Children’s Discovery Museum was approved to be the new tenant of the Mendel building. The Children’s Museum plans to develop a world-class, multi-purpose space to provide public programming and experiential learning opportunities where children and families will have fun.
The Children’s Discovery Museum’s mission is to foster creativity, curiosity, and a lifelong love of learning in children 12 and under through hands-on exhibits, programming and outreach. It is a unique organization that brings together children, families and community in meaningful interactions, developing essential skills and sparking creativity.
The project includes a partnership between the City and the Children’s Museum to ensure that the Mendel Building is animated and that it is connected it to the PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park through priority-driven, targeted programming.
Currently the timeline is that the “new” Children’s Discovery Museum will open in early 2017. In February an Open House was offered to the public to view details about the new building. For more details on concept plans & upcoming events – check out their website at: (http://museumforkids.sk.ca/):
The project will see the bridge closed to the general public from May 1, 2015 to August 30, 2015. A single lane of traffic will remain open for emergency vehicles, Saskatoon Transit buses, Saskatoon Health Region authorized vehicles and school buses contracted by the Saskatoon School Boards only. A system will be implemented that accommodates travel in both directions. A single walkway will also remain open at all times during construction.
A Project Transportation Plan is currently being prepared which involves identification of current and expected traffic delays at 26 key intersections. This information will be used to make improvements, assist with planning detours, and ultimately allow for better movement of traffic in our City.
Estimated Project Timeline
The necessary rehabilitation of the iconic bridge is planned for the 2015 construction season.
|February 23, 2015
||City awards tender to Horseshoe Hill Construction Inc.
|May 1 – August 31, 2015
||Deck repairs which will impact traffic is expected to occur
|August 30 – Sept 15, 2015
||Demobilization from site – not expected to impact traffic
For more details on this project, check out the City of Saskatoon website at the following link: