February 2, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The City of Saskatoon is seeking consultant services for the creation of a new functional master plan for Saskatoon’s oldest park. The Kinsmen Park & Area Master Plan will set a vision that will attract, captivate and delight users from 1 to 100. The Master Plan will propose and set up a process to renovate this site, in order to create a primary activity node in Saskatoon’s downtown. Like Master Plans for Victoria Park or the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, the Kinsmen Park & Area Master Plan will identify a logical sequence
for upgrades and changes which will allow screening and accommodation of sponsorship and partnership opportunities and phased implementation as funding is available.
The Kinsmen Park & Area is a generous green space and cultural precinct located in the north end of Saskatoon’s City Centre. The site includes Kinsmen Park, the existing Mendel Art Gallery building and grounds, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site and the Shearwater tours boat dock. The Kinsmen Park & Area is bounded on the north side by City Hospital and the City Park neighbourhood, located to the west is the YWCA and a significant portion of the city’s downtown
multi-family residences, to the south is the Central Business District. The area is immediately
adjacent to the University Bridge and looks east directly to the University of Saskatchewan. What sets this site apart is its history as Saskatoon’s oldest city park and its enviable and unique location on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River.
The objectives for the Kinsmen Park & Area Master Plan are:
1) Create a place-specific, memorable environment that is enjoyable for all ages. Focus on activities and programming for children, fun and play, but also generate an active centre from a high quality, lively urban environment that is used by all ages and abilities year around.
2) Establish a prominent civic activity node that fully integrates activities on both sides of Spadina Crescent, including Kinsmen Park, the existing Mendel Art gallery building and grounds, and the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site. A fully connected site will include consideration for safety, ease of access for all and traffic movement.
3) Prepare a plan for the adaptive reuse of the Mendel Art Gallery building and grounds, maintaining the civic operation of the conservatory, building and grounds, in a manner that responds to and supports the broader site context.
4) Enhance and upgrade this north downtown park for use by tourists and citizens citywide, while continuing to address the needs of surrounding local communities. Plan for and support an increased residential population in the downtown.
5) Assess the technical requirements, feasibility and logistics of locating a purpose-built festival site option in Kinsmen Park & Area.
6) Assess the technical requirements to maintain Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and the boat tour dock at their current site.
For more information and submission details, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/DEPARTMENTS/Community%20Services/LeisureServices/Documents/KPR%20and%20Area%20Master%20Plan/KinsmenRFP.pdf
mendel art gallery opposite kinsmen park (photo by troy mamer)