Saskatoon Neighbourhood – City Park
City Park is a mixed-use neighbourhood located near the center of Saskatoon. 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 2009, the area was home to 4,405 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $42,236, an average dwelling value of $245,254 and a home ownership rate of 28.6%. According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $305,157.
City Park is located within the Core Neighbourhoods Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by the South Saskatchewan River to the east, railway tracks to the west, 33rd Street to the north, and 25th Street to the south. Most Streets are laid out in a grid plan, with avenues running north-south and streets running east-west. Some roads in the south and west parts of City Park are angled to align with their continuations in the Central Business District. Spadina Crescent roughly follows the course of the river on the east edge of the neighbourhood.
History – City Park was originally known as Central Park and first to have a golf course. In 1903, the annual exhibition was moved from the Louise Grounds 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 to Prairieland Park. The outline of the old racetrack can still be seen in what is now Kinsmen Park. City Park was one of the first areas annexed by the city after its incorporation in 1906. The Alexander Residence, built in 1912 on Spadina Crescent, was named for Dr. Harold E. and Edith Alexander, who owned the house from 1916 to 1946. It is one of the city’s most notable examples of pre-World War I Arts and Crafts architecture. It was designated a municipal heritage property on May 12, 2001.
Education – City Park Collegiate is a public secondary school and part of the Saskatoon Public School Division. Originally opened in 1929, it was re-established in 1986 as an alternative high school for students who have difficulty in the regular school setting. It is now a multi use school with different programs like montesorri, Ecoquest, outdoor school, and many other programs.
Health – Saskatoon City Hospital originally opened in 1909 as western Canada’s first municipal hospital. The original building was on 6th Avenue North; by 1927 a larger facility was built at the present site on Queen Street. It was expanded in 1930 and again in 1950. In the 1990s, part of the hospital was demolished and replaced. The current building was completed in 1993. The hospital offers full acute care services, surgical facilities, and other specialized services. Unlike Saskatoon’s other two hospitals, Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital, the emergency department of City Hospital is not open 24 hours a day.
Parks and Recreation – Wilson Park – 6.4 acres (2.6 ha). Mendel Site Park – 8.3 acres (3.4 ha). Meewasin Park – 9.3 acres (3.8 ha). Kinsmen Park – 29.0 acres (11.7 ha).
The Mendel Art Gallery is Saskatoon’s major public art gallery, containing works of art from local, national and international artists. Attached to the gallery is Saskatoon’s civic conservatory, containing seasonal flower displays as well as tropical and arid plants.
The City Park Community Association organizes social and leisure programs, such as adult fitness, children/youth sports and preschool playgrounds. The association also maintains the outdoor rink at the former First Nations University of Canada campus.
Commercial – City Park contains several business districts. On the west and south sides of the neighbourhood are commercial zones immediately adjacent to the Central Business District. Several professional businesses line Queen Street, which runs past Saskatoon City Hospital. There is a small collection of businesses near the center of City Park, at 7th Avenue North and Princess Street. Finally, there are businesses along the north edge of the neighbourhood, parallel to the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. There are 66 home-based businesses in City Park.
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