At the heart of the western Canadian community of Saskatoon sits a city centre with great potential. The Saskatoon City Centre Plan will unleash this potential with dynamic elements, including vibrant nightscaping, distinct neighborhoods, and inviting public spaces. Integrated and animated, the plan's design represents a bold vision for the future and will bring life and energy to the Paris of the prairies in all seasons.
A city centre cannot thrive in isolation. Its economic growth and attractiveness as a place to live, work, and play are linked to many factors: urban design, residential planning, retail infrastructure, and for this winter city, weather. How will our plan help Saskatoon, the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, thrive? With public spaces.
Saskatoon's streets have wide right of ways. For 23rd Street, we came up with a design that will eliminate one of its traffic lanes and replace it with a linear park that the public will enjoy year round, all while accommodating the low traffic volume. The park, with its benches, additional row of trees, and art installation spaces, will also connect downtown's city hall and library to the riverfront.
The people of Saskatoon were clear: They wanted improved bike lanes and transit—not just cars—in the city centre. We designed a transportation network with new dedicated bike lanes that eliminates the centralized bus mall with its single downtown terminal. In its place would be a webbed grid of city-wide transit routes that includes the core as a stop.
Our plan will help connect people to the parks, neighborhoods, and other destinations in the downtown core whether they’re traveling on foot, on two wheels, or on four.
What People Are Saying
“Apparently about 26% of Saskatoon's city centre area is surface parking lots - #YXE City Centre Plan's worth a read.”Gathering Spine, @frootyon
“Mark your calendar for Jane's Walk. May 3rd. I will describe Saskatoon's new City Centre Plan.”Alan Wallace, @awallace1961
“@Stantec designed and planned #Saskatoon City Centre Plan holds promise.”Simon O'Byrne, @Simon_OByrne
“Saskatoon's City Centre Plan lays out solutions to downtown parking: Parking study to be done in 2014.”Regina Daily News, @reginadailynews
“Heated sidewalks: Iceland has them, Saskatoon wants them: The new city centre plan for Saskatoon includes a plan to help people in the city better enjoy the winter with heated sidewalks.”Stella Pollard, @breakingnews_90
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