The City will be hosting free winter activities for youth and families this February and March. Get out and get active with these upcoming events and programs:
Family Day Skate
A free Family Day skate will be offered on Monday, February 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval (Oval) (Dudley Street and Avenue R South in the Gordon Howe Complex) featuring a DJ, skating lessons, and other winter activities. There will also be free skating at the Cosmo Civic Centre Arena (3130 Laurier Drive) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free games, arts, and crafts will be available in the Cosmo Civic Centre gym from 200 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There are vending machines, change rooms, and public washrooms for convenience at both locations. Speed skates are not needed to enjoy skating at the Oval; however, please bring your own skates and safety gear as rentals are not available.
Please note, if the temperature reaches -25˚C or below with the wind chill, the outdoor event will be cancelled, and all participants should go to the indoor skate at the Cosmo Civic Centre.
Learn to Skate Program
For youth ages 2 to 12 years. From February 18 to March 19, drop in to a free skating program at one of the locations below. No experience is necessary. Participants must bring their own skates and CSA-approved winter helmets. Please note, children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult or responsible caregiver.
- North Park (1416 7th Avenue North)
Saturdays,10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Holliston (1151 Louise Avenue)
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- St. George (7478 Redberry Road)
Sundays,10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Greystone Heights (2711 Main Street)
Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Winter Play Program
For youth ages 2 to 12 years. Drop in from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from February 18 to March 19, for winter games and activities such as snow squirt art, penguin races, snow soccer, and plenty more at the following locations:
- Holliston (1151 Louise Avenue)
- Greystone Heights (2711 Main Street)
- Westmount (306 Avenue L North)
Each location has a heated warm-up building. Please note, if the temperature reaches ‑25˚C or below with the wind chill, the program will be cancelled.
February Break Camps
Free activities will be held at Cosmo Civic Centre (3130 Laurier Drive) for youth ages 10 to 14 years.
- Tuesday, February 21 –SCYAP Art Program
Participants will make buttons, masks and scratch art.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 22 - Basketball Camp
A half day of skill development for participants
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To register for the SCYAP Art Program or Basketball Camp, please call 306-975-3378 by Friday, February 17, 2017.
- Thursday, February 23 - Open Gym
Drop in to use the gym and variety of sports equipment. Registration not required.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Seniors Globe Walk was created to help fill the need for more physical activity and social opportunities during the winter months and help motivate those 50 years and older to stay active during the winter months when it is most difficult.
From January 9, 2017 until April 27, 2017 teams MOTIVATE each other to walk the equivalent distance of over 500,000 miles in our SPACE STATION ORBITING TOUR (this year’s theme). Participants can stroll or roll, hike or bike, swim or gym; all forms of physical activity count. Each ½ hr of physical activity counts as one mile. The Globe Walk inspires all 50+ adults to stay active and work with their team to achieve this awesome goal! In 2016, 77 teams with 2486 members (aged 50 to 100) logged 437,069 miles. This year we want to increase both our members and our mileage.
Please consider being a Captain for Globe Walk this year or finding someone in your community who might be able to do this. It’s fun for participants, super easy to join and it’s free! There are even opportunities to walk the track at the Saskatoon Field House or the Martensville Athletic Pavilion. We also have wonderful social events throughout the winter months to keep participants motivated. No team – no problem! Just contact Beth at 306-652-0027 or email@example.com and she will put your name on a SCOA team.
January 9 Captain’s Launch (Saskatoon Field House)
February 20 Forestry Farm Family Walk
March 17 St Patrick’s Day Walk
April 12 Surprise Event (Details to follow)
May 10 Celebration Lunch at WDM
This is a great opportunity to inspire your parents, grandparents, neighbours, your community (and yourselves if you are over 50) to stay fit and healthy as they age.
For further details please visit: https://scoaglobewalk.net/
The Leisure Guide will be delivered to every home in Saskatoon on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and available for pick up at any indoor Leisure Centre, Saskatoon Public Library location, or City Hall. The guide is available online beginning Monday, November 28 at www.saskatoon.ca/leisureguide.
The Leisure Guide is Saskatoon’s go-to source for fitness programs, recreational activities, and arts and culture opportunities for all ages and abilities. Stay active all winter long with the many exciting options!
Highlights of the Winter (January 1 to March 31, 2017) Leisure Guide include:
- information about programs at Saskatoon’s six civic Leisure Centres (Cosmo, Lakewood, and Lawson Civic Centres; Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre; Saskatoon Field House; and Shaw Centre) including:
- drop-in dryland and aquatic fitness classes, personal training, and registered recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities;
- Parent & Tot, public, family, and lane swimming, as well as registered Red Cross swimming lessons for babies to adults at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre, Lakewood and Lawson Civic Centres, and Shaw Centre; and
- facility amenities like indoor walking tracks (stroller-friendly), hot tubs, waterslides, saunas, diving boards, the wave pool, the climbing wall, and the zoom slide at select locations;
- Parent & Tot and public skating, as well as ice rentals at theindoor rinks;
- free outdoor skating at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval and at more than 40 outdoor community rinks across the city;
- cross-country skiing at eight groomed trails around Saskatoon;
- special events throughout the winter season, including Family Day Skate and winter programming at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo; and
- exercise classes, learning, and volunteer opportunities offered by your neighbourhood community associations.
Registration begins Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. by calling 306-975-2800 or online at leisureonline.saskatoon.ca. Starting Monday, December 5, 2016, at 6:30 a.m., all Leisure Centres will be accepting walk-in registrations.
Registered programs are very popular and fill up fast! Many people will be registering Sunday evening, and the City sincerely thanks citizens for their patience. Additional online and telephone resources are in place for the registration process. With that in mind, there are still thousands of people registering at once, so here are some helpful tips to help you be prepared:
- You will require a Client ID Number and Family PIN to register online. To set one up, or if you forgot yours, phone any Leisure Centre prior to Sunday, December 4, 2016.
- Have a list of second and third program choices in case you do not get into your first choice.
- Join the waiting list! Every full program has an online waiting list, and new classes may be created if there is enough demand.
- Consider other nearby Leisure Centres if your nearest location isn't available.
- Ensure your major web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome) is up-to-date.
Get the Guide! Keep the Guide!
For more City of Saskatoon news, program information, Service Alerts, Traffic Detours, and links to our social media channels, please visit saskatoon.ca.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) continues to direct its members to refuse overtime. While there is no specific contract language allowing or restricting Saskatoon Transit from hiring casual, temporary or part time operators, it is the subject of an outstanding ATU grievance. At this time Saskatoon Transit is not hiring casual, temporary or part time operators.
Saskatoon Transit has made every attempt to mitigate the effects of operators not accepting overtime, but ATU job action has forced Saskatoon Transit to operate with limited resources during afternoon and evening service today. As a result, Saskatoon Transit has been forced to remove some overflow service which may impact the following routes:
Regular Routes Impacted:
Route 2 leaving the Downtown Terminal between 3:44 p.m. and 4:16 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full buses.
Route 4 traveling to Willowgrove at 3:50 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
Route 7 leaving Confederation Terminal traveling to City Centre at 3:46 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
Route 12 may experience a high volume of passengers around 4:00 p.m. which could result in full buses.
Route 17 Stonebridge may experience a high volume of passengers between 4:21 p.m. and 4:48 p.m. which could result in full buses.
Route 18 traveling to Centre Mall at 4:30 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
Route 20 South Industrial Special leaving Melville Street and Brand Road at 5:06 p.m. has been cancelled.
Route 23 traveling from Confederation Mall at 4:24 p.m. and arriving at the Shaw Centre at 4:35 p.m. has been cancelled. Route 23 mayexperience a high volume of passengers between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. which could result in full buses.
Route 45 Kenderdine / City Centre may experience a high volume of passengers between 4:37 p.m. and 6:14 p.m. which could result in a full buses.
Route 50 leaving Place Riel for Lakeview at 4:21 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
Route 60 traveling to Confederation Mall at 4:14 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
Route 82 Briarwood traveling to Centre Mall between 2:44 p.m. and 4:08 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in full buses.
Route 84 traveling to Briarwood from Centre Mall at 3:24 p.m. may experience a high volume of passengers, which could result in a full bus.
School Extra Routes Impacted:
Route 311 and 331 servicing Holy Cross, Walter Murray and Aiden Bowman at 3:24 p.m. and 3:28 p.m. have been cancelled. Students at Aiden Bowman will be required to use the Route 17, students are Holy Cross and Walter Murry should use the Route 81. These routes may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
Route 335 servicing Walter Murray starting at 3:35 p.m. has been cancelled. Students will be required to use Route 81, which may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
Route 339 Bethlehem & Douglas High Schools at 3:35 p.m. has been cancelled. Students will be required to use Route 23 which may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
Route 341 servicing Bedford Road Collegiate, E.D. Feehan Catholic High School, Mount Royal Collegiate at 3:30 p.m. has been cancelled.Students will be required to use Route 5 and Route 2 which may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
Route 346 servicing Westview, Dundonald and JA MacDonald at 3:25 p.m. has been cancelled. Students will be required to use Route 23, Route 60 and Route 7, which may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
Route 356 servicing Bishop James Mahoney High School and Marion M. Graham Collegiate at 3:35 p.m. has been cancelled. Students will be required to use Route 35 which may experience a high volume of passengers resulting in full buses.
If riders are not able to board a bus because it is full they will be required to wait for the next bus.
Saskatoon Transit will continue to keep customers informed by issuing service alerts when made aware of any disruptions or delays. Service alerts can be viewed at saskatoontransit.ca, saskatoon.ca, on Twitter at @stoontransit or @YXEserviceAlert, through Transit App and in Google Transit.
Transit administration may not be aware of all immediate job action but will make efforts to inform the public of delays or disruptions as the information is made available. During such times Saskatoon Transit will make every attempt to maintain an appropriate level of service based on the resources available, but may be forced to minimize service if required.
Individuals who do not have access to the internet can call the Transit Customer Service line at 306-975-3100 but are reminded that wait times may be longer than normal due to job action or higher than normal call volumes.
Access Transit is an essential service, and will continue operating as normal.
For facts on Transit contract negotiations, click here.
What you can expect:
- The City’s two compost depots will be closing for the season on Sunday, November 13.
- West – Highway 7 Depot located at the junction of Highway 7 and 11th Street West is open every day until the end of the season from 9 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.
- East – Highway 5 Depot located off Highway 5 by the junction of Highway 41 and Zimmerman Road is open Thursday to Monday until the end of the season from 11 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
- The City’s two compost sites will remain closed after Sunday, November 13 throughout the winter season until re-opening in the spring of 2017.
How you can help:
- Bring your unbagged Halloween pumpkins, leaves, grass and non-elm branches to one of the City’s two compost sites.
- For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/compost.
During the winter months, snow and ice on sidewalks can seriously impair the ability of people to get around safely - especially the elderly and those with mobility restrictions. For that reason, the City of Saskatoon has a sidewalk clearing bylaw in place (#8463) that requiring owners or occupants of property to clear sidewalks of snow and ice within 48 hours of snowfall; and sidewalks in certain commercial and suburban areas to be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the City receives a report of an uncleared sidewalk, the site will be checked, and if necessary, the owner/occupant will be asked to clear it.
The Street Use Bylaw prohibits residents from throwing or shoveling snow on the road because it can affect drainage and the safety of pedestrians or drivers. Cleared snow must be placed on your property or removed, and not placed on the roadway. There are exceptions for properties with no space for snow storage, such as businesses with parking meters along the sidewalk space
To report an unsafe sidewalk, please wait 48 hours after a snowfall in residential areas, and 24 hours in designated commercial/suburban areas. If it’s still not cleared, call the Public Works Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476.
The time that a snowfall is considered to be over is based on the conditions reported by Environment Canada at the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. The information is available on their web site: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca
Together with their numerous partner organizations, the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre has submitted a questionnaire to all 40 candidates in the civic election to turn their attention to issues in relation to equity/accessibility, urban planning/urbanism, environment, climate change, health, active transportation, public transportation, arts/culture, economy/finance, housing and food security. The responses to this questionnaire will be published on their website on October 5th.
For information about the upcoming election please visit https://www.saskatoon.ca/city-hall/voting-elections.