Stage 1: Programming Needs Questionnaire
In May-June 2018, Saskatoon residents were invited to participate in a questionnaire to provide input about the types of programs and activities that could be considered as part of a renewed or expanded Civic Conservatory (next to the former Mendel Gallery). 908 residents responded to the online survey, providing valuable feedback and ideas.
Stage 2: Design Workshops
A group of stakeholders representing community organizations and other affected stakeholders participated in two design workshops in late September and mid-October 2018. These hands-on workshops gave participants the chance to play with different space configurations, based on the identified programming needs and other key factors.
Stage 3: Kinsmen Park & Area Project Development Open House
Potential expansion concepts for the Civic Conservatory were on display at the Kinsmen Park & Area Project Development Open House (April 16th, 2019). This public engagement event provided community members with current information and collected their feedback on a number of projects, both internal and external to the City, related to the Kinsmen Park area.
At its June 28, 2021 meeting, City Council resolved: That Option 3 – “Restoration Plus” as the basis for capital planning and potential funding applications through other government funding programs with consideration of future expansion in the design (Option 2), be approved.
City of Saskatoon Administration will now work to develop a capital funding plan for the restoration of the Civic Conservatory and explore potential partnership and funding opportunities to inform the 2022/2023 Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget.