Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan Wins National Design Award

Published: Mar 8, 2012

The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan has been recognized by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) with a Regional Citation for the planning and design work that was completed by Space2Place Design Inc.

The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan is a framework for the revitalization of Saskatoon’s oldest park.  The plan creates a memorable and exciting place that is enjoyable for everyone, with a special focus on children’s activities.  Particular attention was paid to creating opportunities for activities for all seasons and the plan was developed following extensive on-site observations and public workshops.

“The plan was developed through meaningful dialogue with citizens and stakeholders” says Jeanna South, Project Manager for the Master Plan.  “The citizens directed the vision, goals, management strategy, and the plan layout.”

The revitalization plan has some big ideas that are also informed by the City’s Community Visioning initiative, Saskatoon Speaks.  The plan provides a place for children at the heart of the park, and it integrates its character across both sides of Spadina Crescent.  The plan proposes to rehabilitate the riverbank and integrate the Mendel building within the larger area.  Winter activities, such as skiing are combined with better amenities and other types of activities, like skating and tobogganing, which will create a winter activity hub.

Development of the Master Plan was funded in part by PotashCorp.  Implementation of the first phase of the revitalization is due to start this year.  This aspect has been made possible in part through another generous contribution by PotashCorp for $5 million and by Canpotex for a new children’s train.

The CSLA annual awards program recognizes national excellence in Landscape Architecture in the categories of design, planning and analysis, research, communications, landscape management, new directions, and residential design.  There were 76 submissions to the program.

For more information, please go to the City of Saskatoon website.

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