It's hip, it's urban, it's a public space
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.
On wheels, on foot, en routeThe 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.
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