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Winter Leisure Guide Delivered to Homes on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and Registration Begins Sunday, December 4, 2016

For immediate release: November 24, 2016

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The Leisure Guide will be delivered to every home in Saskatoon on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and available for pick up at any indoor Leisure Centre, Saskatoon Public Library location, or City Hall.  The guide is available online beginning Monday, November 28 at www.saskatoon.ca/leisureguide.

The Leisure Guide is Saskatoon’s go-to source for fitness programs, recreational activities, and arts and culture opportunities for all ages and abilities.  Stay active all winter long with the many exciting options!

Highlights of the Winter (January 1 to March 31, 2017) Leisure Guide include:

  • information about programs at Saskatoon’s six civic Leisure Centres (Cosmo, Lakewood, and Lawson Civic Centres; Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre; Saskatoon Field House; and Shaw Centre) including:
    • drop-in dryland and aquatic fitness classes, personal training, and registered recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities;
    • Parent & Tot, public, family, and lane swimming, as well as registered Red Cross swimming lessons for babies to adults at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre, Lakewood and Lawson Civic Centres, and Shaw Centre; and
    • facility amenities like indoor walking tracks (stroller-friendly), hot tubs, waterslides, saunas, diving boards, the wave pool, the climbing wall, and the zoom slide at select locations;
  • Parent & Tot and public skating, as well as ice rentals at theindoor rinks;
  • free outdoor skating at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval and at more than 40 outdoor community rinks across the city;
  • cross-country skiing at eight groomed trails around Saskatoon;
  • special events throughout the winter season, including Family Day Skate and winter programming at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo; and
  • exercise classes, learning, and volunteer opportunities offered by your neighbourhood community associations.

Registration begins Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. by calling 306-975-2800 or online atleisureonline.saskatoon.ca.  Starting Monday, December 5, 2016, at 6:30 a.m., all Leisure Centres will be accepting walk-in registrations.

Registered programs are very popular and fill up fast!  Many people will be registering Sunday evening, and the City sincerely thanks citizens for their patience.  Additional online and telephone resources are in place for the registration process.  With that in mind, there are still thousands of people registering at once, so here are some helpful tips to help you be prepared:

  • You will require a Client ID Number and Family PIN to register online.  To set one up, or if you forgot yours, phone any Leisure Centre prior to Sunday, December 4, 2016.
  • Have a list of second and third program choices in case you do not get into your first choice.
  • Join the waiting list!  Every full program has an online waiting list, and new classes may be created if there is enough demand.
  • Consider other nearby Leisure Centres if your nearest location isn’t available.
  • Ensure your major web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome) is up-to-date.

Get the Guide!  Keep the Guide!

River Access Study 2016 Online Survey and Public Open House

The City of Saskatoon, in partnership with Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA), is conducting a river access study.  The purpose of the study is to identify the river access requirements for Saskatoon residents, visitors, commercial enterprises, on-river special events, industrial users, emergency services, and monitoring services.  The primary focus will be on facilities for launching and mooring motorized and non-motorized watercraft; however, it will address all forms of river access.

The South Saskatchewan River is a valuable recreation access for Saskatoon and area residents and visitors.  In the Saskatoon area, it is utilized for a number of activities, including:

  • Recreation:  motorized boaters, canoeists, kayakers, rowers, and paddle boarders
  • Commercial/Industrial:  tour boats, dredging, construction, and other barges
  • Regulatory and Emergency Services:  police and fire services, water quality, environmental issues, and other monitoring

These users require safe, environmentally-sound access to the river with appropriate infrastructure.

As part of the study, citizens are invited to participate in an online survey to gather input on current launching/mooring opportunities and ideas on an optimal scenario.  Interested parties can access the survey at shapingsaskatoon.ca.  The survey is open until Thursday, December 15, 2016.

There will also be a public open house on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Meewasin Valley Centre Boardroom (402 Third Avenue South) from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The City and MVA will present the plan, answer questions, and collect feedback.  Formal presentations will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.