Urban planner Cynthia Nikitin leads placemaking discussion forum in Saskatoon

The City of Saskatoon invites the public to a placemaking discussion forum with urban planner Cynthia Nikitin on civic squares and downtown parks, which takes place on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 7:30-9:30pm at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon. With a portfolio of more than 175 projects, Nikitin has led numerous large-scale and complex projects during her nineteen years as Vice President for Downtowns at the Project for Public Spaces in New York. Her resume includes work on the Centre City Parks Analysis for Calgary, a public art/open space plan for Mobile Alabama, the design of a new civic square in Newberg, Oregon, a new civic centre project in Houston, and a new library to anchor the downtown in Fort Meyers, Florida. She is the University of Saskatchewan’s inaugural Planner in Residence for 2011.

Currently, the City of Saskatoon is working on projects for two key areas within the city centre; Kinsmen Park and Area, and the City Centre Plan. The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan involves a plan to revitalize the park and area, the adaptive reuse of the Mendel Art Gallery building, a plan to enhance its use as a place in the city for children’s fun and play, and a plan to extend its programming and design to encourage more users of all ages. It is the City’s goal to bring international-calibre principles and strategies to these initiatives, while at the same time creating plans that are strongly guided by the community in order to bring together the best global and local ideas.

This free public lecture is presented by the City of Saskatoon as part of the Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan project, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Planner in Residence program, Prairie Wild Consulting, and Great Places.