Councillor’s Comment: Children’s Safety Village

There have been several inquiries on the proposed Children’s Safety Village, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to provide you with an update.

The Saskatoon Cosmopolitan Couples Club (SCCC) has identified Pierre Radisson District Park as a suitable location for a Children’s Safety Village. Some suggest this proposed amenity would provide a catalyst for the development of the Hudson Bay Area Park system, in particular Pierre Radisson District Park.

A public information meeting was held in May 2011 to hear from the residents in the area.

If approved, a program plan review and survey will provide a strategy to ensure the Children’s Safety Village is designed and built to incorporate current and future activities, both formal and informal, within the park system. It will be crucial to ensure all stakeholders including the SCCC, neighbourhood residents, sport user groups and transportation be involved in the public
consultation stage of this project.

The SCCC will be responsible for both building and operating the Children’s Safety Village and is required to submit a detailed business plan to the City of Saskatoon. If city council approves the business plan, the SCCC estimates it will take approximately two years to secure the estimated $5.1 million for construction and $100,000 annual operating costs (based on 2011 cost estimates) for the Children’s Safety Village. To date, the city’s leisure services department has not received a business plan from SCCC and there has been no timeline identified on when we will see one.

For more information on the Children’s Safety Village, there are some “frequently asked questions” on the city website  – click “L” for leisure
services under the heading “What’s New.”

At the next budget deliberations, leisure services will be submitting a capital project, requesting funding for the Hudson Bay Area Park program plan review. Subject to city council approving this capital project, public consultation and park program review, survey and site analysis for Pierre Radisson Park could begin in 2014.

This capital project is not dependent on the Children’s Safety Village proceeding.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email me at Darren.hill@saskatoon.ca and be sure to include your name, address and a contact phone number.

Darren Hill
Councillor, Ward 1
Email: Darren.hill@saskatoon.ca
Twitter: @darrenhill1
Facebook.com/darrenhill.ca

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