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.
33rd Street BID
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. For more information please refer to the related documents.
21st Street Streetscape Renewal Project
This streetscape renewal project brought new life to one of the original streetscape projects, the 21st Street in Downtown Saskatoon is one of the most recognizable streets. Flanked by the iconic Delta Bessborough Hotel on the East and the popular Midtown Plaza on the West. This initiative aimed at maintaining and renewing the streetscape elements of this historical retail street within the Downtown BID Summer 2017. The streetscape renewal project extended the old elm trees lifecycle, enhanced sidewalks, amenity areas, bulbs & curbs, installed new irrigation, installed new wayfinding directories, installed new street furniture and installed new lighting features. The overall goal was to ensure 21st Street remains a prominent and desirable retail and entertainment destination within Saskatoon Downtown.
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.
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. For more information please refer to the related documents.