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Councillor’s Comment: Children’s Safety Village

There have been several inquiries on the proposed Children’s Safety Village, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to provide you with an update.

The Saskatoon Cosmopolitan Couples Club (SCCC) has identified Pierre Radisson District Park as a suitable location for a Children’s Safety Village. Some suggest this proposed amenity would provide a catalyst for the development of the Hudson Bay Area Park system, in particular Pierre Radisson District Park.

A public information meeting was held in May 2011 to hear from the residents in the area.

If approved, a program plan review and survey will provide a strategy to ensure the Children’s Safety Village is designed and built to incorporate current and future activities, both formal and informal, within the park system. It will be crucial to ensure all stakeholders including the SCCC, neighbourhood residents, sport user groups and transportation be involved in the public
consultation stage of this project.

The SCCC will be responsible for both building and operating the Children’s Safety Village and is required to submit a detailed business plan to the City of Saskatoon. If city council approves the business plan, the SCCC estimates it will take approximately two years to secure the estimated $5.1 million for construction and $100,000 annual operating costs (based on 2011 cost estimates) for the Children’s Safety Village. To date, the city’s leisure services department has not received a business plan from SCCC and there has been no timeline identified on when we will see one.

For more information on the Children’s Safety Village, there are some “frequently asked questions” on the city website  – click “L” for leisure
services under the heading “What’s New.”

At the next budget deliberations, leisure services will be submitting a capital project, requesting funding for the Hudson Bay Area Park program plan review. Subject to city council approving this capital project, public consultation and park program review, survey and site analysis for Pierre Radisson Park could begin in 2014.

This capital project is not dependent on the Children’s Safety Village proceeding.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email me at and be sure to include your name, address and a contact phone number.

Darren Hill
Councillor, Ward 1
Twitter: @darrenhill1

Councillor’s Comment

What an exciting and productive year it has been for your neighbourhoods.


Your Community Association is very active on your behalf, the Local Area Plans for Mayfair and Kelsey-Woodlawn are underway, businesses on and around 33rd Street are looking at starting a Business Improvement District and neighbourhoods are getting one step closer to a curbside recycling program, just to name a few.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me and helped to improve the quality of life in your community. Hudson Bay Park, Mayfair and Kelsey-Woodlawn are diverse and exciting neighbourhoods, and I am proud to be a part of their continued growth.

If you are interested in hosting a block coffee meeting or evening social meeting, please contact me. I would be more than happy to co-ordinate a date and come to discuss neighbourhood and city-wide issues. If you would like to receive regular e-mail updates from me, please send me an email with your name, address and phone number, and I will add you to the distribution list.

Seasons Greetings to you and yours. I wish you a New Year of health and happiness!

Be well,
Darren Hill
Councillor, Ward 1
Ph: 306-975-2783
Twitter: @darrenhill1