Elevated park cornerstone of Saskatoon's north downtown plan

A 25-year plan for Saskatoon's north downtown features a "bridge park" that would cross the city's CPR line.

Proposed plan sets vision for city's north downtown over the next 25 years

If built, the "bridge park" proposed in the city's North Downtown Master Plan would run along 26th Street and connect both sides of the CPR rail line. (City of Saskatoon)

A proposed elevated park spanning the city's CPR rail line would be an "iconic structure" for Saskatoon's north downtown, according to a major planning report headed to the city's executive committee this week.

The $130-million North Downtown Master Plan sets out a vision of how the area could develop over the next 25 to 30 years.

A major redevelopment plan for the city's north downtown includes a "bridge park" that would span the CPR rail line. (City of Saskatoon)

The plan, in the works since 2012, emphasizes increasingly-popular elements of urban life like improved transit connections, better cycling networks, and prominent green spaces.

The centrepiece is a so-called "bridge park" along 26th Street that would cover about five acres and connect new neighbourhoods on both sides of the railroad.

There would also be a parkade beneath the bridge to "meet demand for parking in the downtown core," the report says.

The report also includes plans for a new linear park along the nearby 1.5-kilometre CN rail line on 1st Avenue that would connect with TCU Place in the south and Woodlawn Cemetery at its north end.

About 7,600 people could eventually call the new north downtown home, the report says.

While the report recommends approving the plan with the bridge park, other options include removing the park or rejecting the plan altogether.

The city's executive committee will discuss the plan May 12. 

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