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Saskatoon Parks Set for Significant Upgrades This Spring

Saskatoon is set to improve several neighborhood parks this spring with significant upgrades to enhance the outdoor experience. Funded by the City of Saskatoon and the Government of Canada through the natural infrastructure fund, these enhancements address existing deficiencies and bring the parks up to modern standards.

According to the city’s press release, the upgrades will include the installation of new pathways, improved lighting systems, advanced irrigation and drainage, and extensive tree and naturalized plantings. Additional amenities, such as benches, picnic tables, and play structures, will be introduced across multiple locations.

The parks targeted for these improvements include Boughton Park, Buena Vista Park, Forest Grove Linkage, Forestry Farm Linkage, John Avant Park, Leif Erickson Park, Marriott Park, Parc Canada, Parkridge Park, Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Robert Hunter West Park, Sifton Park, and TJ Quigley Park.

One of the features of the park renovation project is the introduction of food forests at Boughton Park, located across from the Gordie Howe Arena, and Leif Erickson Park, which stretches along Avenue P from 23rd Street to Rusholme Road.

Food forests comprise a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants that produce edible fruits like apples, Saskatoon berries, cherries, and strawberries. These areas are intended to serve as welcoming community spaces where residents can freely harvest food.

“This will perhaps just be more of a focal point in a community space, and have signage, explaining what’s been planted and how and when to harvest, so hopefully it’s easier for people to understand what’s growing there,” Shannon Dyck, Saskatoon sustainability specialist, said, as reported by CTV News on April 26.

The city selected these sites for its food forest pilot project based on several criteria, including neighborhood household incomes, land availability, public accessibility, and proximity to grocery stores. The city has allocated approximately CA$350,000 for the project.

The food forests are expected to be fully operational by October of this year. During installation, the city warns that access to certain park areas and amenities will be temporarily restricted.

RV park owners and campground operators can glean essential lessons from Saskatoon’s proactive approach to upgrading its parks. Like Saskatoon’s initiative to enhance the outdoor experience by adding new amenities, campground owners can also consider investing in similar infrastructure improvements.

Campgrounds can significantly boost their attractiveness and functionality by introducing amenities such as improved lighting for safety, updated pathways for navigation, and engaging recreational facilities like play structures. 

Additionally, Saskatoon’s introduction of food forests represents an innovative way to engage and provide value to the community, something that campgrounds can replicate to differentiate themselves from competitors.

This promotes environmental awareness and adds a layer of interactive leisure activity that can appeal to families and eco-conscious travelers. Campgrounds can foster a sense of community and connection among guests by creating these welcoming community spaces, enriching their stay, and encouraging repeat visits.

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LoganAdept
LoganAdept
May 4, 2024 2:34 am

Get ready to be wowed by Saskatoon’s parks makeover this spring! Engage with the community and take pride in these green spaces. It’s going to be awesome!

SmilingCharm76
SmilingCharm76
May 4, 2024 3:27 pm
Reply to  LoganAdept

Let’s bring some pizzazz to our parks this spring. How about adding colorful flower beds or installing fun playground equipment? Let’s make it pop!

Susan Baker
Susan Baker
May 4, 2024 10:02 am
Reply to  LoganAdept

Let’s explore the new playground equipment and picnic areas in the parks. We can all benefit from these upgrades and enjoy the fresh air together. I’m excited to see how these improvements will enhance our outdoor experiences!

Olive Grove
Olive Grove
May 5, 2024 4:38 am
Reply to  Susan Baker

I’m wondering which park you’re most excited about visiting this spring. Maybe we could plan a little picnic or check out the new playground together? Sounds like a fun way to enjoy the fresh air, doesn’t it?

jadeNinja5167
jadeNinja5167
May 4, 2024 6:12 pm
Reply to  Susan Baker

I’m so pumped about the new playground equipment and picnic areas! We can all have a blast together outdoors. Can’t wait to check out the upgrades and enjoy the fresh air. Thanks for sharing! Your excitement is contagious!

elmshadow248
elmshadow248
May 4, 2024 4:51 pm
Reply to  Susan Baker

With new trails and fitness stations, our park visits will be a blast. Let’s embrace these changes and make the most of outdoor adventures together!

Sandra Thomas
Sandra Thomas
May 5, 2024 12:26 am
Reply to  elmshadow248

You won’t believe it! There’s talk of adding a butterfly garden and a community art project in our parks this spring. Can you imagine the colorful butterflies fluttering around and the creative artwork brightening up our outdoor spaces? Get ready for some magical park visits!

PictoGlyph19
PictoGlyph19
May 4, 2024 6:20 am
Reply to  LoganAdept

I’m so excited for the parks upgrade! We should plan a picnic or a game day there. Think of all the fun we’ll have exploring the new features. What do you think will be the most impressive addition?

Jaxi973k8m-e0
Jaxi973k8m-e0
May 4, 2024 8:56 pm

Ever thought about how Saskatoon’s park upgrades could spark ideas for other cities? Campgrounds could get a cool boost from food forests and fun features, making stays more awesome and eco-friendly!

Uri Woods
Uri Woods
May 5, 2024 2:38 am

Have you heard about the cool park upgrades coming to Saskatoon? They’re sprucing up the parks with new pathways, art installations, and fitness gear. It’s all about creating vibrant spaces for us to enjoy!

Brian Wood
Brian Wood
May 5, 2024 6:30 am

I can’t believe the park upgrades in Saskatoon! They’re adding cool stuff like sports facilities and sustainable gardening events. Residents will have so many new activities to enjoy outdoors.

cedarCleo
cedarCleo
May 5, 2024 6:54 am

Saskatoon residents! How exciting is it that our parks are getting a green makeover with food forests at Boughton Park and Leif Erickson Park? It’s like having our own little fruit haven right in the neighborhood. Can’t wait to enjoy nature’s bounty while strolling through these revamped green spaces!

vintageVic
vintageVic
May 5, 2024 11:27 am

Isn’t it amazing? Saskatoon parks are getting a fabulous upgrade this spring! Get ready for new paths, cool lighting, a bunch of trees and plants, benches, play areas, and even food forests! Plus, they’ll have art installations and spaces for community gatherings. It’s gonna be awesome for everyone to enjoy!

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