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Dog bylaw enforcement –Currently there are 11 Animal Protection Officers managing violations.  These officers issue tickets and also give warnings to dog owners not following the Animal Control Bylaw.  In 2019 a total of 629 tickets were issued in Saskatoon.  So far in 2021 (January-April) 188 tickets have been issued.

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Watch for sweeping equipment on Saskatoon’s streets! City and contractor street sweeping crews have been cleaning up our busiest streets, grass and concrete medians and Business Improvement Districts (BID) for several weeks.  If you approach a sweeper, please leave space, as they back-up frequently.

Spring Street Sweeping – currently ongoing 

As soon as roads are dry in spring, City crews focus on picking up the dirt that collected over the winter along Saskatoon’s busiest streets. We sweep around cars on the road to pick up most of the debris as quickly as possible, which dramatically reduces dust and improves air quality. 

The early spring cleaning also includes sweeping grass and concrete medians, boulevards and park frontages. 

Residential street sweeping with parking restrictions (Yellow No Parking signs) 

Neighbourhood pre-sweeping – May 3-7  

We want people to have a street nearby to park on when they move cars for sweep day. We do this by scheduling the neighbourhood over a couple of days or sweeping the main streets early (pre-sweeping), so they are completed and open for parking on sweep day.   

Pre-sweeping on main streets will occur in Avalon, Dundonald, Evergreen, Greystone Heights, Grosvenor Park, Hudson Bay, Massey Place, North Park and Westview next week. 

Neighbourhood street sweeping – May 10 (7 weeks, weather permitting) 

All streets are swept by neighbourhood once cars are moved or towed to a nearby street.  

Find out when your street or neighbourhood will be cleaned by watching for yellow No Parking signs or find your sweep day at saskatoon.ca/sweep.  

For more City of Saskatoon news, program information, Service Alerts, Traffic Detours, and links to our social media channels, please visit saskatoon.ca.

Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park (945 Spadina Crescent East) will open for the season on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Hours of operation are as follows:

May and June
Monday to Friday: 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

July to September 6
Daily - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Admission is $2.25 for a single ticket and $22.50 for a play pack (12 tickets).  One ticket per ride is required for the Canpotex train, Ferris wheel, and carousel.  Children under two years of age ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. 

NOTE: The Canpotex train is temporarily closed. The train track was damaged during a park flood and will open later this season once park restoration is complete.

The children’s play area is free to enjoy and includes water spray features, sand play, and a climbing area. The spray pad will open June 1, 2021, and operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Know before you go! 
To protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while using the rides and play area at Nutrien Playland, the following guidelines are in place:

  • Rides will be disinfected after every use. Please be patient as delays are expected.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of each ride.
  • Always stay 2 metres apart from those not in your group. To allow for proper physical distancing, the carousel will not be operating at full capacity.
  • Non-medical face masks will be required on the rides but not in the park area.
  • Water fountains will not be available.
  • Washrooms are open at limited capacity.
  • When using the free children’s play area, follow these guidelines:
  • Do not use the play area if you are sick.
  • Stay 2 metres apart at all times from those not in your group.
  • Your group must not exceed the restrictions on public gatherings.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after using the play equipment.
  • If play area is busy, come back when it is not as busy.

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements and the current phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, the City of Saskatoon already has a number of adjusted services in place. 

The City of Saskatoon will have a number of adjusted civic services and altered holiday hours over the holiday season. Wondering what’s open or closed?  See full details on the City’s website.

Please visit saskatoon.ca/covid-19 for timely updates from the City of Saskatoon on everything you need to know to stay safe.

For more City of Saskatoon news, program information, Service Alerts, Traffic Detours, and links to social media channels, please visit saskatoon.ca.

As the weather continues to warm up, the Saskatoon Fire Department would like to advise the public to be mindful of ice conditions during the freeze-thaw cycle.

Recent ice testing by the Saskatoon Fire Department has determined the ice thickness is no longer suitable for winter recreational use. The ice must reach a minimum thickness of at least eight inches to be considered safe. Fire crews will be visiting recreational storm ponds in the coming days to update the posted signage to read “No Skating”.

Community members who use the ponds for recreational purposes assume all risk and maintenance responsibilities for the ice including removing personal belongings, as well as user safety.

Additionally, ice on the South Saskatchewan River has also started to melt. The ice that covers this body of water is unpredictable and is therefore never safe for winter recreational use. Community members are asked to never venture out onto the ice that covers sections of the South Saskatchewan River.

Community members are advised to always exercise an elevated level of caution when around any large body of water. Keep a close watch on children and pets when visiting trails, parks, or off-leash areas that may run adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River or a storm water retention pond.

For more information regarding the Recreational Uses of Storm Water Retention Ponds policy, visit www.saskatoon.ca/ponds.

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Warmer weather is in the weekend forecast and snow is expected to melt quickly into the streets and catch basins. In preparation, City crews are uncovering catch basins and thawing frozen locations that aren’t draining. Residents can help with drainage on their street by digging out covered catch basins and making a path for snowmelt to drain when safe to do so. 

Despite the record-breaking snow fall in November, there was less snow this year overall than an average year. City-wide snow removal from the November snowstorm, which included neighbourhoods, will have a big impact on preventing flooding on residential streets and sidewalks this spring.   

As we transition from winter to spring, people need to be cautious when encountering puddles. Pesky potholes can pop up as moisture gets into cracks in the road, and when they fill up with water, can cause damage for vehicles, as well as a tripping hazard. Drivers also need to pay attention to avoid splashing people on the sidewalk and at bus stops.  

What you can expect from us

  1. Our storm sewer system can easily carry the flow of snowmelt. Most ponding and flooding around catch basins are caused by ice blocking the drain.
  2. Crews are defrosting catch basins and clearing gutters to improve drainage, keeping a close eye on intersections prone to flooding. 

How you can help us

  1. Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and paths to reduce ponding and dangerous ice during the thaw/freeze cycle.  
  2. Keep snow in your yard. If you throw it on the street, it can create issues for rutting or affect drainage. 
  3. Where possible, safely clear snow, ice and debris from the catch basins in your area.  
  4. Call the Customer Care Centre at 306-975-2476 if you notice water collecting that is impacting traffic, crosswalks on busy streets or private property.

Protect your property from flooding 

If the snow melts quickly, your home may be at risk of flooding, even if you haven’t flooded before. We hope that doesn’t happen, but just to be safe, please watch our video on Snowmelt and find more tips to help reduce your risk of a snowmelt flood in your home at saskatoon.ca/snowmelt.  

Here are some general guidelines should you be faced with a decision to contact the Saskatoon Police:

  1. For all EMERGENCIES, call 9-1-1
  2. For NON – EMERGENCIES, call 306-975-8300
  3. Another reporting option that has been created by the Saskatoon Police Services to report non-emergency incidences that have occurred is the Saskatoon Police Service Citizens Online Police Reporting System.
    Please see the Saskatoon Police website for details on the criteria for filling out an on-line report:
    https://saskatoonpolice.ca/onlinereporting/