Park & Zoo Master Plan
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Over the past 12 months the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo has been collaboratively working on the development of a Park & Zoo Master Plan refresh.
To date, the review of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo Master Plan has included:
- A survey of key stakeholder groups to identify specific concerns or issues, services provided, and future vision for the site;
- Consensus building between stakeholder groups and the integration of botanical, zoological, heritage, and recreation themes into a Master Plan refresh that provides a shared vision for the site by all stakeholders;
- Review of the current master plan and facility assessment reports; and
- The continued integration of the Commemorative Integrity Statement.
Having a Master Plan is a requirement of the Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) accreditation process and is also a valuable tool for leveraging funds from government agencies and private corporations.
Master Plan Overview
Previous Park & Zoo Master Plans date back to 1991 and 2006. The new Master Plan creates a “one park concept” where the Forestry Farm historical facilities are revitalized and First Nations and Métis cultural history are integrated into the operation.
The plan serves as a foundation to provide a well-balanced historical, cultural and sanctuary attraction in Saskatoon. One of the big changes people will notice is that the animal enclosures will increase in size significantly. With features like the Northern Wilds Safari Experience, the traditional zoo model is turned upside-down by having people in small viewing areas and the animals in large naturalistic habitats.
The facility will operate more like a sanctuary and focus on conservation research and education. People will also be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility operations as traditional back of house operations will be brought to the forefront and provide an opportunity for inspired learning.
The components of the Master Plan also provide an opportunity to close the gap on cost recovery in the next ten years.
Both Master Plan concepts include the following features:
- Large naturalistic habitats for animals
- Opportunities for retail and commercial services
- Rentable spaces within park and zoo
- Educational areas
- Interactive and educational programming integrated facility operations
- Conservation and research facilities
- Focus on highlighting historical, cultural and botanical elements of the park and zoo
- Opportunity to add a central picnic shelter
- Roundabout drop-off/pick-up opportunity at entrance
- Enchanted Forest experience to remain the same
- Incorporation of a secondary access road
- Parking lot located at the South end of the park (315m to zoo entrance)
- 475 public parking stalls
- Bus parking located within main parking area (300m to zoo entrance)
- Accessibility parking near the zoo entrance (115m)
- Existing picnic area accessible by road with parking at each site
- Zoo parking located on the West side of the park, adjacent to the pond (240m to Zoo Entrance)
- 469 public parking stalls
- Picnic area parking at South end of the park (355m to zoo entrance)
- Bus parking located within main parking area (115m to zoo entrance)
- Accessibility parking within main zoo parking lot (140m to zoo entrance)
- Central picnic area accessible by walking path with parking in South parking lot