Natural Infrastructure Fund: Green Network Project
Saskatoon is one of six major cities to receive funding of up to $20 million from Infrastructure Canada’s Natural Infrastructure Fund – Large Project Stream to support the implementation of the City’s Green Network Project.
This funding provides a significant opportunity to advance the City's Green Infrastructure Strategy implementation plan, Pathways for an Integrated Green Network, and its vision for an interconnected green network in Saskatoon that will achieve multiple benefits such as:
- improved access to nature for the community
- green space enhancements and habitat restoration
- climate mitigation and adaptation
- equity and reconciliation
The Natural Infrastructure Fund: Green Network Project bundles together a range of natural infrastructure activities across Saskatoon to be implemented over two years for a total value of over $34 million. Refer to the map below for project activity locations.
1. Natural Areas Restoration
The following activities include management and restoration of existing areas, as well as the development and implementation of new management plans, policy recommendations and asset management improvements.
1.1. Management & Restoration
- Prairie restoration and accessibility in the Meewasin Valley (Meewasin-led)
- kīwētin Greenway landscaping (Aspen Ridge)
- Development of linear park and drainage channel in Aspen Ridge
- Naturalization of land between Aspen Ridge and U of S Kernen Prairie Conservation Research Lands (D10)
- Naturalization of storm pond and linear park in Kensington
- Naturalization of municipal reserve and storm pond in Brighton
1.2 Natural Area Management Plans
2. Park & Green Space Enhancements
The following activities include implementing enhancements and naturalization in parks and other green spaces throughout the city, as well as water conservation feasibility studies and pilot projects.
2.1 and 2.2 Park Enhancements & Naturalization
- Park upgrades, enhancements and repairs
- Park irrigation and naturalization study and pilot projects
- Non-potable water study and pilot projects
2.3 Naturalization: Non-Park Green Spaces
3. Naturalized Water Retention Systems
The following activities include the expansion and enhancement of industrial storm water systems, as well as the design, installation and naturalization of constructed storm ponds.
3.1 Industrial Drainage Improvements
- Drainage improvements and naturalized plantings in the CN Industrial Area (Cartwright Pond and Culvert)
3.3 Constructed Storm Pond & Naturalization
4. Streetscape Rejuvenation
The following activities include streetscape and rights-of-way enhancements through tree planting, vegetation and pedestrian improvements.
4.1 Streetscape Rejuvenation
- 20th Street Improvements (between Idylwyld Drive & 2nd Avenue)
- Streetscape improvements in Business Improvement Districts
4.2 Rights-of-Way Enhancements & Naturalization
5. Revitalize and Establish Cultural & Community Spaces
The following activities include the exploration of opportunities for cultural revitalization in green spaces, as well as the development of community-led stewardship.
5.1 Indigenous Engagements & Partnerships
- Work with Indigenous rightsholders and communities to explore opportunities for developing Indigenous ceremonial spaces
5.3 Food Forests
The map below shows where the different green network project activities are taking place. The numbers noted in (parentheses) refer to the project activity categories above.