What Are the Next Steps?
In response to what we heard from past engagement, City Administration has created the Boulevard Garden Program Expansion: Centre Median Garden Pilot council report which proposes that the existing Boulevard Garden Program be expanded to include gardening on centre medians. The council report will be presented to the City of Saskatoon Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities, and Corporate Services on Monday, December 5, 2022 and City Council on Monday, December 19, 2022. To access the agenda, watch the livestream, or provide your comments to Council and committee please visit this link.
What We Are Proposing
If the program expansion is approved, new and existing median gardeners will be required to apply through the City’s Boulevard Garden webpage to have their garden designs reviewed and approved by the City. Also, a communications and awareness campaign for the centre median garden expansion will be planned for 2023 with the timing of the new Boulevard Garden Guidelines. Also, an education plan for best practice gardening on centre medians will run alongside the Healthy Yards Program.
What Did We Engage On?
From December 2020 to March 2021, the City engaged the community in a review and update of the Boulevard Gardening and Maintenance Guidelines. The review identified public concerns, addressed barriers to boulevard gardening, and ensured alignment with other City documents. Based on what we heard, in addition to best practices in other cities and internal considerations, City Administration developed the updated Boulevard Garden Guidelines (2022).
What We Heard
Public engagement on Boulevard Gardening revealed a very high interest in boulevard gardening and expanding the Program to other locations. The survey findings showed that most participants (97%) agreed that the City should allow residents to garden on boulevards. Also, most respondents (86%) supported the program being expanded to other types of City green spaces, such as centre medians.
Previous Engagement Activities
Feedback on Options Public Survey - Winter 2021
A final public survey ran from February 18 to February 28 to offer the public and stakeholders an opportunity to provide their comments on the proposed changes to the Guidelines. The feedback received was used to inform the guideline review and to identify opportunities to improve support for boulevard gardening in Saskatoon. For further details on the input received through the survey please review our What We Heard Report.
Online Meetings - Winter 2021
The Project Team met with technical experts and organizations to collect their feedback.
Online Public Survey - Winter 2021
A public survey was conducted from December 17, 2020 to January 21, 2021 to receive feedback on the current Boulevard Gardening and Maintenance Guidelines and what changes should be made to improve the program
How Can You Give Us Your Input?
Engagement for this project has closed, but you can learn more about what we heard through the Final Engagement Report. Thank you to those who provided input into the Boulevard Gardening Guidelines review.
You can still provide your comments to the Project Team through the following methods:
Engage Page Forum
You can use the forum below to provide comments or ask questions on this project. The City reserves the right to block, ban, or remove anyone from the forum who is threatening or abusive to others, or leaves inappropriate posts.
Contact the Project Team
You are welcome to provide your questions and comments by email, mail, or telephone using the contact information above.