A membership fee of $10/individual OR $20/family per year is required to participate in programs and must be purchased or presented at the time of registration. Varsity View Community Association honours other community association memberships. Membership will not be processed until Code of Conduct is accepted by checking the indicated box.
Have your say in the future of the University Sector Plan
The University of Saskatchewan has nearly 1,000 acres of endowment land located within five kilometers of downtown Saskatoon. These important lands provide critical resources that strategically support the university’s teaching, learning and research mission.
In 2008 a land-use task force was formed, bringing together the University of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Meewasin Valley Authority and the Province of Saskatchewan, to create ‘Vision 2057.’‘Vision 2057’, in alignment with the City of Saskatoon’s growth plan and strategic infill initiatives, identifies university endowment lands that are suitable for commercial and residential development opportunities, along with the creation of multi-use community facilities, parks and open spaces, and also preserves abundant space for learning and research activities.
Recognizing the importance of developing these lands in a sustainable way that benefits everyone in Saskatoon, the City and University entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Sector Plan for the area. Developing the Plan involved consultation with community partners and stakeholders, and it provides the framework within which the area will be planned and developed.
The result of this partnership and outreach, the University Sector Plan, is a shared vision of land use and development that will have a positive impact for the city, its residents and the University community.
Interested in making your community a little better? The Varsity View Community Association is always looking for volunteers!
VVCA is run by friendly volunteers who organize and attend meetings, provide programs and activites for youth and adults, work with the City regarding development, parking, policing and other issues, keep the rink in good condition, publish a newsletter and website, raise money for community events and projects, and generally try to make the Varsity View and Grosvenor Park neighbourhoods a little nicer to live in.
Sounds fun, right? If something on that short list fills a need in you, or you have other ideas on how to improve your neighbourhood, join us on Zoom at a monthly VVCA board meeting and have your say. We’d love to hear your ideas and would be more than happy to find you a spot on our board if you are interested.
Right now, the VVCA is looking for a President – someone to act as a chair for our meetings, prepare agendas, meet with and represent the community, and inspire us all to improve the community and the City. Sounds like a big job, but it’s more than worth it and there are lots of other volunteers to help share the load.
Please support our Varsity View Community Association Rink Renovation Project Raffle!
Our local Varsity View community skating rink brings together adults and children alike for fun with friends and family all winter long with skating and hockey. It feels like old fashioned place where friends and strangers meet, come and go, join an informal game of hockey or skate around and have a chat. From young kids, to college students, to grandparents, all play together and the natural harmony created is infectious.
This community rink is in dire need of a renovation, as the boards and fences are damaged and even dangerous. We are hoping to raise money to re-fence, re-board and regrade the rink, but we must raise money to make this dream a reality!
We created a raffle with the following fabulous prizes, some donated by businesses in our community:
Grand Prize: $1500 cash 2nd Prize: $200 cash plus Crew Rowhouse 12 class pass valued at $225
3rd Prize: $200 cash plus $175 All in the Wild Gallery gift certificate
4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Prize: $50 D’lish by Tish gift cards
3 tickets for $10 or 1 ticket for $5 Draw date: FEBRUARY 23, 2021
Covid-19 put a damper on our fundraising efforts, and the need for community members to play outside all year-round is greater than ever!
We offer contactless ticket purchase by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and using e-transfer to that email. We will send you a picture of the tickets and ticket numbers, and if you desire the original tickets we will mail them to you.
This is a great local cause and every dollar raised is a dollar that goes straight to the renovation!
The City of Saskatoon is undertaking the design of the permanent closure of 14th Street East between Lansdowne Avenue and Temperance Street. This connection was recommended for closure through the Nutana Neighbourhood Traffic Review which was conducted in 2014 and adopted by Council in May 2015. The closure was installed temporarily in 2016. The permanent closure has been approved by City Council.
Thank you to everyone that has provided input so far. We received your feedback via the design charrette (September 2017), and multiple stakeholder working group meetings (Spring and Summer 2018). We considered all of the concerns and feedback as we developed designs for the permanent closure options.
The proposed design for the 14th Street permanent closure has been posted to Saskatoon.ca/ntr and will be discussed at the Teams Live meeting. We would appreciate the opportunity to get your thoughts on the design. There are two ways to participate and provide us with your feedback:
Microsoft Teams Live Event Thursday, September 17th, 8:30 pm Link to the meeting is available at Saskatoon.ca/ntr You do not need to download the app to participate.
Project Information: Saskatoon.ca/ntr Go to www.saskatoon.ca/ntr Click on the 2014 accordion Details for the meeting will be shown under the Nutana heading
Next Steps FALL 2020: Finalize design. WINTER 2021: Tender contract. SPRING/SUMMER 2021: Construct permanent closure.
The City will be installing new water mains on Clarence Avenue between 8th Street and College Drive starting Monday, June 22 at 7:00 a.m. This work is expected to take about 5 months to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the construction zone while this work is underway.
Phase 1– Clarence Avenue from 8th Street East to 12th Street East – beginning June 22 for approximately 4 weeks. Phase 2– Clarence Avenue from 12th Street East to Colony Street – approximately 5 weeks. Phase 3 – Clarence Avenue from Colony Street to College Drive – approximately 6 weeks. Phase 4 – Temperance Street from Munroe Avenue to Wiggins Avenue – approximately 7 weeks.
For more information on the Clarence Avenue Water Main Replacement Project, please visit saskatoon.ca/watermain.
Councillor Cynthia Block will host a Virtual Block Party on June 4 at 7pm through Facebook Live to learn more about what is happening in your neighbourhood. The Mayor will also join our event to help answer your questions.
What’s on your mind? Let’s talk.
• Roads and Sidewalks • Taxes • Climate • Core Services • Safety • Something else? Submit your questions in advance at: bit.ly/ward6blockparty
To add a little Block Party flavour, the Mayor and Cynthia will each make a potluck dish, and make a contactless delivery following the event. All you have to do is share one of your favourite recipes in the event comments to be eligible for the draw. Cut off time to submit is 7pm on June 4.
Birds in Real Danger, Saskatoon (B.I.R.D.S) aims to reduce bird-window strikes in the city, and we need your help to do it! All you need is a camera (your phone works great!), some paper, a pen, and a few bags, and you can help document evidence of birds injured or killed by window strikes.
Hundreds of birds are treated at Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation after striking windows – and those are just the ones lucky enough to survive the impact and be found by a caring person.
With the ongoing development of larger buildings, many covered in glass and on or near the riverbank, the City of Saskatoon may well see an increase in the number of bird injuries and mortalities from collisions with glass structures. By documenting occurrences of bird collisions with windows, and by educating the public on the issue, BIRDS aims to gain support for the adoption of bird-friendly guidelines for buildings.
If you’d like to join us in looking for evidence of window strikes in Saskatoon’s downtown area, on the University campus, or even in your own neighborhood, contact us at email@example.com.
Email and report from the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners:
“The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners sincerely appreciates the interest of you and/or your organization in community safety.
The attached report is in follow up to the issues raised by more than 80 residents and community group representatives, from all areas of the city, at the Board’s October 16, 2019 Community Consultation.
The Board of Police Commissioners listened to your views, captured the messages you delivered, and has identified the actions the Board can take, within the scope of its mandate, and is pleased to report this directly to you and your organization.”
In the 2020 construction season (May – October), an important water main construction project will occur on Clarence Avenue from College Drive to 8th Street East and on Aird Street from Clarence Avenue to Munroe Avenue. A letter was recently sent to those residents adjacent to the work area notifying them about this upcoming project.
The project occurring next construction season on Clarence Avenue and Aird Street is still in the planning stages so information is limited at this time. In the meantime, until more information becomes available we recommend that community members sign up to receive project updates prior to and during this project. To sign up, email the City at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, address and contact information.
The replacement of older water mains and the lead service lines (lead pipes) that deliver the water services into homes in Saskatoon’s most established neighbourhoods is a priority for the City. In 2017, the City committed to removing all lead pipes by the end 2026.
The water main and lead pipe replacement project scheduled to occur in your neighbourhood next construction season will include the following infrastructure improvements: • Replacement of 780m of water main • Replacement of 48 lead pipe • Restoration of roadways, resulting in smooth, ‘like new’ road surface • Rehabilitation of sidewalks.
Over the next several months, the City will provide opportunities for residents to learn more about this important infrastructure project: • For all residents who have lead pipes, a City representative will be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks to discuss the details and anticipated impacts of this work. • In early 2020, an information session will be held in your neighbourhood where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the project and ask any questions you may have. • Prior to construction beginning, you will receive a construction notice with important information about the project.
Councillor Cynthia Block hopes to see you at the next Coffee with your Councillor, a come ‘n go event, and an opportunity to meet in person to discuss civic issues that matter to you. Sunday, December 8th, 2019 D’Lish by Tish Café 3pm – 4:30pm.
A number of “come and go” style open houses will be held near Saskatoon’s Residential Parking Permit zones. Proposed amendments to the current program will be presented. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback on potential options for amendments.
Varsity View Zone Emmanuel Anglican Church 609 Dufferin Avenue Thursday, November 28th 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Members of the public can provide feedback on proposed amendments to the Residential Parking Program by filling out this online survey. The survey will be open for submissions until Friday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m.