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AGM Update

Today’s Community Association AGM (Annual General Meeting) for 2017-2018

It looks like it will be a great start to the 2017-2018 year for community volunteers with the Community Association. A big thank you to everyone who came out to the AGM today. It was great to see new board members elected and the return of former ones, along with new members for the citizen patrol. Welcome to everyone.

You can get in touch with Community Association on this website if you send a message. If you couldn’t make the meeting but are interested in citizen patrol, being a volunteer for the board, have questions about how you can help, or have suggestions/ideas for the community, we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteers are always needed and always appreciated – the more we have the more we can do in the community.

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Community Snowflake Art Project News

We have a winner! Thank you to Mayfair Library for making the draw today for the Snowflake Art Project. The lucky winner of the random draw was Owen C. – congratulations! He and his family will be able to enjoy a stay at the Saskatoon Travelodge Hotel.

Thank you to Traycee at the Travelodge for making the prize possible, and to staff at Mayfair Library and furnaceguys Home Heating & Cooling for helping the Community Association with its 2nd Community Snowflake Art Project for the neighbourhood children.

The children’s snowflakes can be seen in the windows of furnaceguys Home Heating & Cooling until January 6th!

This is your community association.

What Do We Do:

  • Provide low (or no) cost activities for everyone in our community, from toddlers to seniors
  • Produce and deliver a newsletter 3 x a year to inform residents about their neighbourhood
  • keep the Henry Kelsey Rink going
  • Partner with other groups to provide awesome community builders like
    • 33rd Street Fair
    • Henry Kelsey Community Garden
    • Henry Kelsey Playground replacement
    • Pierre Radisson dog park

Who We Are:
People that enjoy making the world a better place, connecting with our neighbours, and having fun together.
We are parents of preschoolers, and parents of university students, and parents of cats and dogs.
We work in all kinds of jobs all over town. Some of us are retired.
We are people who give back a few hours and enjoy seeing the good that comes of it.
We are all volunteers. Many of us volunteer with several organizations in Saskatoon.

Why We Do It:
The Community Association is an oppurtunity to bring an idea to life.
It makes a big difference to the people that live here – an every day difference that makes living here better.
Volunteering is a great way to use your skills and gain new ones.
It makes you feel proud of where you live.

What We Need:
President:
Okay, you may not want to start out at the top, but it’s not that hard. Put together the monthly meeting agenda, ask people if they’ve done what they said they would do, and help connect people to get things done.

Treasurer:
Pay the bills, deposit the money that comes in, and record it all in the spreadsheet.
You need to like being organized, but you don’t need to be anything “official”. No accounting degree required.

Rink Coordinator:
Fill out forms to apply for money to keep the rink running, make sure the maintenance person gets paid, keep an eye on the facility and tell us what needs fixing.

All terms are one year, with the option to continue if you’re enjoying it and the option to stop or change positions if you’re not.

Idylwyld Drive CBC Radio Show!

Do you have a great story to tell about Idylwyld Drive? Maybe you know someone who’s working hard to make Idylwyld a better place to live and work. Maybe there’s a local issue you think more people need to know about. Maybe there are community voices that simply aren’t being heard.

I’m interested in hearing those stories. My name’s Trevor Pritchard, and I’m an associate producer with CBC Saskatoon’s morning radio show, Saskatoon Morning. We’re hoping to visit your community and host a live show that’s all about Idylwyld Drive in the coming weeks and months — and we want to hear first-hand from you about what’s going on in the neighbourhood.

If there’s an idea you think we should pursue for the show, let me know! I can be reached at trevor.pritchard@cbc.ca , on Twitter at @tcp909, or at 613-288-6533 (I’m working out of CBC Ottawa at the moment, hence the long-distance number). Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Public Meeting: Primary Dwelling Zoning Bylaw

The City of Saskatoon, Planning and Development Division has been preparing proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw regulating primary dwellings (one-unit, two-unit and semi-detached dwellings) in established neighbourhoods.   We have been working hard over the past few months to achieve a set of  amendments which will encourage sensitive infill development and allow design flexibility for builders.

Included are changes to the standards for building height, building length, site width, and front porch encroachments. There are also proposed changes to the Sidewalk Crossing Bylaw to disallow curb cuts and driveway crossings in the older neighbourhoods. The information will be posted on the City of Saskatoon website prior to the meeting.

A public information meeting will be held on

Thursday, October 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Presentations will occur at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  (the same material will be presented at both times)

Mayfair Library 306 – 33rd Street West.

In order to focus on the guidelines for primary dwellings, the amendments to regulate small scale multiple unit dwellings on corner sites (four per corner) will be deferred until early 2015.

For more information, please contact Paula Kotasek-Toth at  paula.kotasek@saskatoon.ca  or call 306-975-7621

Art on the corner of 33rd Street West and Avenue C North

Harvest Collector art on 33rd

Harvest Collector

by local artist Leslie Potter

The Urban Design Placemaker Program installed a temporary artwork in the Mayfair Neighborhood at 33rd street and Ave. C. Harvest Collector is a public artwork by local artist Leslie Potter. It has been exhibited since 2010 in the Farmers Market area. The initiative to relocate this art responds to the requests from public consultations in 2013 to have art on 33rd Street. As well, 33rd Street is identified in the City Wide Urban Design Program for streetscape improvements. The artist description of the work represents his vision for the art. “The gentle and colourful nature of this sculpture creates many variations: a big hay rake, a sheaf of wheat or perhaps a kind of vessel that gathers food.”

Harvest Collector was installed October 3, 2014, and will be in the new location for a few years. The Placemaker Program’s temporary art collection is reviewed by the Visual Arts Placement Jury annually.

Proposed Dog Park

Did you know that in 2010 City Council adopted “that off-leash dog walking be formally recognized as a recreational activity that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and one that is worthy of support facilities and amenities”?

You have probably noticed many West-Side residents frequently use the underutilized Pierre Radisson Park as an informal dog walking facility. However, in an effort to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with their pets many of these residents drive to and from off-leash dog parks daily. Along with the environmental impact of more vehicles on the road, these trips add to the growing congestion the city streets face as the population of Saskatoon increases.

As of 2014, there are over 1000 licensed dogs in the communities of Westmount, Caswell Hill, Hudson Bay Park, Mayfair and Mount Royal.

In recent months a Dog Park Ambassador group of West-Side residents has committed to proposing a portion of Pierre Radisson Park be converted into an off-leash dog park. The desired space is a portion of the park between 31st St. West and 33rd St. West and will most likely be fenced.

Dog owner or not we welcome your support in making this proposal a success. Any questions or concerns can be sent to the Pierre Radisson Off-Leash User Group: pierreradissonOLRA@gmail.com