City Park

City Park is a mixed-use neighbourhood located near the center of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. City Park is located just north of 25th Street and downtown Saskatoon. The area’s neighbour to the north, just beyond 33rd Street is North Park. Its western border is just to the west of, and includes both sides of 1st Avenue North. The South Saskatchewan River flows along its eastern boundary.

Map of City Park

It comprises a mix of single-family detached homes, apartment buildings and other semi-detached dwellings. It also contains a number of commercial zones with businesses. As of 2011, the area was home to 4,396 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $46,007, an average dwelling value of $303,604 and a home ownership rate of 28.7%.

City Park has a relatively low population of children, so there are no elementary schools in the area. Children living in the area are taken to schools in both the public and catholic school system by bus. The University of Saskatchewan campus is just at the top of the 25th Street Bridge so walking and biking are popular for both students and faculty.

History of City Park

City Park was originally known as Central Park and first had a golf course. In 1903, the annual exhibition was moved from the Louise Grounds (now Chief Darcy Bear Park) in Nutana to City Park, and a horse racing track and grandstand were constructed. By 1910, the exhibition had moved to its permanent home in the city’s south end. Even after a century, the outline of the old racetrack can still be seen in what is now Kinsmen Park.

The Ravine Bridge on Spadina Crescent was constructed in 1930. It formerly went across a system of ponds and lagoons that have since been filled in.

Ravine Bridge

City Park was one of the first areas annexed by the city after its incorporation in 1906.

By the Numbers

  • Population | 4,396
  • Homeownership % | 28.7
  • Average Value of Dwelling | $303,604
  • Average Household Income | $46,007
  • Average Household Size | 1.6

Where to Eat

  • City Perks Coffeehouse: Home to one of the best coffees (and baking) in the city of Saskatoon, it’s deck is also a local landmark and place to meet up with friends and neighbours.  Every neighbourhood should be so fortunate to have a place as great as this (but sadly few are).
City Perks Coffeehouse
  • Museo Coffee (located in the Mendel Art Gallery)
  • Earl’s Restaurant: One of Saskatoon’s best adaptive reuses, the once McGavin’s bakery is now home to Earls, the Saskatoon Brewery, and Ingredients Artisan Market.  It is also home to one of Saskatoon’s best decks and lounges.
Don't Say Bread, Say Earls
  • Saskatoon Brewery Best kept secret in Saskatoon but not for long. Hidden behind Ingredients, great neighbourhood pub with stangs and growlers to quench any beer lovers thirst. Copper holding tanks and beer making aesthetic create a unique experience.

What to Explore

  • Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory
  • Saskatoon Weir
Saskatoon Weir
  • Meewasin Valley
  • Saskatoon Prairie Lily
  • Kinsmen Park For an urban cross country skiing experience, this park has well groomed trails with a 2.7 km loop. Skis can be rented at Eb’s Source for Adventure.
  • City Park is also home to two community gardens.  One of them is tucked in behind City Park Collegiate and is located bear the old tennis courts (what used to be the best tennis courts in Saskatoon before budget cuts led to them slowly deteriorating) while the other one is the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Potato Patch along 2nd Avenue which is maintained by both local volunteers from all over the city to provide food for those in need.
Where to Shop
  • Ingrredients Artisan Market: OurYXE co-founder Sean Shaw’s favourite place on the planet.
  • Goaltec: We have a bias towards stores that outfit goaltenders.

Where to Stay

There is a variety of hotels downtown and the north downtown that are all within walking distance of City Park.

Best Part About City Park

Having a lot of mixed use facilities, there is a lot to in City Park.  There is a local grocer (a Shop Easy), coffee shops, cross fit, art gallery, and other small shops and services.  Despite having 7th Avenue cut through the neighbourhood, the parks have a natural traffic calming effect that keeps the traffic off residential side streets.

It has one historic site (1020 Spadina Crescent) and two architectural gems in City Park Collegiate and the recently renovated and revitalized Affinity Campus which is one of the best examples of adaptive reuse in Saskatoon.

Affinity Campus

In other words it is quiet, historic and has things to do.  It may be one of Saskatoon’s best designed neighbourhoods.

Worst Part About City Park

City Hospital Emergency Room: City Hospital isn’t so bad but the emergency room hours were reduced during the financial crisis of the 1990s and has never been extended.  It means that if you are injured or sick after 8 p.m. at night, you need to go to the Royal University Hospital where you could wait for hours and hours to be seen despite the fact there is a perfectly good emergency room across the river that sits totally empty.

Saskatoon City Hospital

Of course the worst part of City Park used to be creepy Alice in Wonderland tunnel that the Kinsmen Park Train used to go through.  All of these dusty and dirty stuffed animals in their that were part of a story many of the children were too young to read.  Glad to see it is gone.

Who’s Who

  • Federal MP: Maurice Vellacott
  • Provincial MLA: David Forbes (Saskatoon Centre)
  • Provincial MLA: Roger Parent (Saskatoon Meewasin)
  • City Councillor: Darren Hill (Ward 1)
  • Community Association: City Park Community Association