Saskatoon is a booming place with people moving to our vibrant city from all over Canada and the world. New and long-time residents alike, there is no better way to rediscover or "MEET YOUR CITY" than by participating in a Jane's Walk.
This is Riversdale -- Led by Curtis Olson
A snapshot of the rich history and exciting new developments that make this community the most diverse, vibrant neighbourhood in Saskatoon. Meet at The Two Twenty and walk along 20th Street West where we'll visit some of Riversdale's oldest establishments alongside its newest. Get off the beaten track to discover the Museum of Temporary Art. Then head in the direction of the Farmers' Market for beer tasting at 9 Mile. Our walk will inspire conversations around diversity, gentrification, and community. Knowing diversity is the key to creating healthy communities, how do we foster inclusive neighbourhoods through design? How do we ensure everyone benefits from the effects of revitalization? How do we create opportunities to bridge the various communities that live and work in Riversdale?
Making change: 23rd Street protected bike lane -- Led by Cathy Watts
Considerable controversy has surrounded the first protected bike lane in Saskatoon. As a pilot project there have been many issues. Maintenance, usage, and design have all been vigorously debated by both those who have used it and those drivers who have been inconvenienced by it. Should the citizens of Saskatoon expect the city to play a role in facilitating healthy lifestyles through design of public space? As time permits the conversation may also include equity for all citizens who require convenience and safety in their daily travels. This could include transit riders, persons who are unable to drive, choose not to drive, or don't have access to a car. Age-friendly issues which cross the community may also be included. The Walk will conclude in the coffee shop "Karma" on the west side of 2nd Ave. close to 23 St.
Co-housing in West Industrial -- Led by Susan Gilmer
The West industrial area is zoned for light industrial use, but has welcomed housing and is the home for two innovative co-housing projects. Co-housing communities are private homes clustered around shared spaces. This type of housing facilitates interaction among neighbours, providing social, economic, and environmental benefits. Four years ago a 21-unit co-housing project was built in this area and soon construction will begin on another, smaller project a few blocks away. Meet at the playground area in Optimist Park, near the corner of 19th Street West and Avenue J South. After a short walk to Wolf Willow, join us in a tour of the common areas and a bit of history of the co-housing project, then walk a few blocks to the site of the future Radiance co-housing project and discover the variety in this type of intentional community. In the meantime visit the neighbouring Optimist Park and the parkway along the former railway line, and learn a bit about the history of this interesting neighbourhood.
For a full list of walks, visit http://janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon.