Business Improvement Districts
Planning & Development provides support for the five Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) in Saskatoon: Downtown, Riversdale, Broadway, Sutherland and 33rd Street. If other community groups are thinking about forming a BID, Planning & Development can also supply some background information and research to help to initiate that process.
The Urban Design team strives to reinforce Saskatoon's unique identity to build a city that is healthy, inclusive and distinct. Streetscape development projects are complex; the collaboration of numerous City departments and several outside community groups is required in order for these projects to be successful. Their aim is to transform public space in key commercial districts by highlighting elements of Saskatoon’s distinct identity in a way that is accessible to all. Streetscape improvements include amenities such as traffic-calming measures, sidewalk improvements, street trees, pedestrian lighting, street furniture, public art and other special features.
20th Street West Streetscape Improvements
This streetscape improvement project helps to enhance the vibrancy of the Riversdale Business Improvement District, as recommended in the City's 20th Street Streetscape Master Plan. By supplying street corner bulbs to improve pedestrian safety, a paved amenity sidewalk strip, street trees, new sidewalk furniture, and unique artistic features, pedestrian comfort is improved while the diverse character of the area is celebrated. This project was substantially completed in 2014.
Central Avenue Streetscape Improvements
This streetscape improvement project helped to enhance the Sutherland Business Improvement District, as recommended in the Central Avenue Master Plan. Through the creation of street corner bulbs, a paved amenity strip, street trees, new sidewalk furniture and public art, pedestrian safety and comfort is improved while the area's unique character is celebrated. This project was substantially completed in 2014.
3rd Avenue Streetscape Improvements
3rd Avenue is a key street in the Downtown BID area. This streetscaping project from 19th Street to 23rd Street involved improving the sidewalk, installing irrigated street trees, supplying street furniture, and coordination with Saskatoon Light and Power to remove overhead lines.
The first phases from 19th Street to 22nd Street are substantially complete. Remaining work will be done in coordination with other construction work in the area.
- Planted centre median, street trees, and visual amenities
- Corner bulbs and extend bus-stop bulbs
- Sidewalk improvements with amenity strip
- Heritage interpretation elements
- Pedestrian lighting and unique street furniture
- Two lanes of traffic with a shared bike lane in each direction
- Parallel parking
- Removal of overhead lines
- Resurfacing of 3rd Avenue
The installation of banners on street light poles helps to create a welcoming atmosphere and provide a sense of arrival to tourists and other motorists.
When installed along retail corridors, banners also enhance the pedestrian environment by providing a festive atmosphere and decorating the street with colour. In addition to initiating its own banner program, the City accepts requests from outsides agencies to install banners along city streets. The accompanying banner policy and guidelines provides the framework for coordinating a safe and aesthetically pleasing banner program.
Flower Pot Program
Removable seasonal planters provide a portable landscape that provides instant colour in our public spaces. Planters are placed throughout the Downtown, Riversdale, Broadway and Sutherland Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and River Landing. Today, the City of Saskatoon Planning and Development Division partners with the Parks Division, Environmental & Corporate Initiatives Division, Saskatoon Transit and four BIDs to coordinate and implement the program between the end of May and mid-September, weather permitting. Please click here for more information.