PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park
With over 100 years of history, Kinsmen Park is a special place for children and families in and around Saskatoon. The park is being rejuvenated with the new PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park, which will will feature a rides garden with a Ferris wheel and carousel, plaza, children’s play area with a water feature and most anticipated - the new Canpotex Train. Scheduled to reopen in Summer 2015!
Picnics & Games
Enjoy a family picnic at Kinsmen Park. Picnic tables are situated throughout the Park, and although no open fires are allowed, portable propane barbeques may be used.
Kinsmen Park & Area Master Plan
With over 100 years of history, Kinsmen Park is a special place for children and families in and around Saskatoon. Many residents visited as children and now take their own children and grandchildren to enjoy the experience. The park will be rejuvenated with the new PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park, enhanced site connections and integration of activities on both sides of Spadina Crescent.
PotashCorp Playland will feature a rides garden with a Ferris wheel and carousel, plaza, children’s play area with a water feature and most anticipated - the new Canpotex Train.
The Canpotex Train will be a replica of a CP Train, complete with a one-third scale locomotive and caboose, and spacious seating for 44 adults or 66 children. It will travel at a speed of approximately 8 kilometres per hour along the new 626 metre loop (176 metres longer than the previous one), completing a full loop in roughly five minutes.
Construction began in Spring 2014, with Phase One set to open to the public in Summer 2015.
In the News
- June 25, 2014 - Canpotex and Canadian Pacific (CP)announced funding for the new Canpotex Train.
- August 7, 2013 - PotashCorp announced an additional contribution of $2.5 Million towards the rejuvenation of Kinsmen Park, supplementing their original contribution of $5 Million donated in 2010. This contribution will go towards Phase One plans to develop the Future home of PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park.
- December, 2011 - The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan was approved by City Council and set forth a 25 year improvement process for the rejuvenation and redesign of the park. The primary vision of the Master Plan is to "create a place-specific, memorable environment that is enjoyable for all ages, with a special focus on Children’s activities".
Project Contact Information
Chelsie Schafer, Open Space Consultant
Curious about what is going on behind the construction fencing? Get a sneak peek into the very exciting behind-the-scenes work going on to rejuvenate the park.
- Spring 2014: Construction began.
- Summer 2014: Groundwork for the Canpotex Train began in April and will continue throughout the summer. The train is currently being constructed at Arizona Railroad Depot in Phoenix, Arizona, and is scheduled for delivery in early 2015.
- Summer 2015: Phase One Kinsmen Park opening. Exciting grand opening plans are underway!
Mendel Art Gallery Re-Use Plan
What’s happening with the Mendel Building? On February 22, 2012, the City of Saskatoon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Children’s Discovery Museum. The MOU signals City Council’s confidence in the potential of the Children’s Museum to develop in the Mendel Building once the art gallery moves to its new location, a world-class multi-purpose space, providing public programming and experiential learning opportunities where children and families will have fun. The Civic Conservatory will remain open adjacent to the Children’s Museum, and will continue to be operated by the City. The City will retain ownership of the Mendel Building.
Jeanna South, Urban Design Manager