I hope you are enjoying the season as we head into summer.
At long last, we have a flood mitigation strategy in place to begin to address some of the worst flood-prone areas in the city. To make way for a dry pond in WW Ashley Park, a brand new soccer pitch will be constructed at Aden Bowman Collegiate in 2019. Regular soccer programming will continue and the dry pond at the park will also be used for sports programming when it is completed in 2020.
Review of the Residential Parking Permit program is well underway. Here are the dates for the public open houses in Nutana and Varsity View. Drop in to discuss your ideas or concerns.
Nutana Open House
Tuesday June 11, 2019 4-8 pm
Grace Westminster Church, 505 10th Street E
Varsity View Open House
Tuesday June 18, 2019 4-8 pm
Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Ave S
Residents can now park their vehicles on residential streets for 72 hours, instead of 36. Council sought a balance to accommodate residents where there is limited off-street parking, while still discouraging abandoned or unused vehicles on city streets.
The City has discontinued the practice of leasing public property in residential neighbourhoods, in line with municipalities across Canada. In effect, this means any encroachments into the public right of way, such as fences, trees or bushes, will continue to be subject to potential remediation or removal, on a case by case basis. There are hundreds of examples of encroachments throughout the city, most of which are not interfering with the public right of way.
Contrary to some news reports, parking tickets will not be sent through the mail. While the province is considering allowing municipalities to have this option, City Council made it clear that it has no intention of using this option if it is allowed.
Chief Whitecap Park has been officially designated as an off-leash dog park. A new site plan for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has been approved, making way for some major upgrades. Also, a new monument was unveiled on the grounds of City Hall, commemorating those who have lost their lives due to drunk drivers.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Saskatchewan Marathon, and thank you to all of the volunteers. What a magnificent sight to watch the runners cross the Traffic Bridge! Fingers crossed, I hope to be a participant next year.
Enjoy your day.