City of Saskatoon hopes to create 3 downtown public squares
Spaces needed for people to gather downtown, city says
The City of Saskatoon wants to see more people gathering downtown and it has a plan to do this.
The city is looking at creating three public squares as part of the City Centre Plan -- at 21st Street in front of the Delta Bessborough; the parking lot across from TCU Place; and along 23rd Street to link the riverbank and downtown.
"Once you travelled off the riverbank, which is second to none to anywhere in Canada, but once you got off that bank, you really didn't have a place in the downtown for social interaction and gathering," said Allan Wallace, the city's planning director.
He said the idea comes from observations in a consultant's report and will be part of the 2015 budget talks.
The city hopes these squares will create go-to destinations downtown. Wallace said that enhancing 21st Street could transform the area.
"Saskatoon needs a spectacular street, something that people will talk about as they travel to Saskatoon."