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Urban Design

Planted flowerpots along 25th street

Business Improvement Districts

Planning & Development provides support for the five Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) in Saskatoon: Downtown, Riversdale, Broadway, Sutherland and 33rd Street.  If other community groups are thinking about forming a BID, Planning & Development can also supply some background information and research to help to initiate that process.

Broadway BID 
Downtown BID
Riversdale BID
Sutherland BID
33rd Street BID

Streetscape Projects

The Urban Design team strives to reinforce Saskatoon's unique identity to build a city that is healthy, inclusive and distinct. Streetscape development projects are complex; the collaboration of numerous City departments and several outside community groups is required in order for these projects to be successful. Their aim is to transform public space in key commercial districts by highlighting elements of Saskatoon’s distinct identity in a way that is accessible to all. Streetscape improvements include amenities such as traffic-calming measures, sidewalk improvements, street trees, pedestrian lighting, street furniture, public art and other special features.

20th Street West Streetscape Improvements

This streetscape improvement project helps to enhance the vibrancy of the Riversdale Business Improvement District, as recommended in the City's 20th Street Streetscape Master Plan. By supplying street corner bulbs to improve pedestrian safety, a paved amenity sidewalk strip, street trees, new sidewalk furniture, and unique artistic features, pedestrian comfort is improved while the diverse character of the area is celebrated. This project was substantially completed in 2014. 



20th Street West at Avenue E looking downtown

a before and after shot of the south side of the 500 block of 20th St West

a before and after shot of the north side of the 500 block of 20th St West

20th st plaque inlaid in the new sidewalk showing poetry of local author Candace Savage

a new directory sits at the corner of 20th street and Avenue E

Central Avenue Streetscape Improvements

This streetscape improvement project helped to enhance the Sutherland Business Improvement District, as recommended in the Central Avenue Master Plan. Through the creation of street corner bulbs, a paved amenity strip, street trees, new sidewalk furniture and public art, pedestrian safety and comfort is improved while the area's unique character is celebrated. This project was substantially completed in 2014.



Improved streetscape along Central Avenue with street trees and unique tree grates

flower pots along the improved Central Avenue streetscape

Banners and flowerpots along the improved Central Avenue streetscape

street furniture at Central Avenue and 110th Street

3rd Avenue Streetscape Improvements

3rd Avenue is a key street in the Downtown BID area. This streetscaping project from 19th Street to 23rd Street involved improving the sidewalk, installing irrigated street trees, supplying street furniture, and coordination with Saskatoon Light and Power to remove overhead lines. 

The first phases from 19th Street to 22nd Street are substantially complete. Remaining work will be done in coordination with other construction work in the area.

Improvements include:

  • Planted centre median, street trees, and visual amenities
  • Corner bulbs and extend bus-stop bulbs
  • Sidewalk improvements with amenity strip
  • Heritage interpretation elements
  • Pedestrian lighting and unique street furniture
  • Two lanes of traffic with a shared bike lane in each direction
  • Parallel parking
  • Removal of overhead lines
  • Resurfacing of 3rd Avenue

Related Documents: 

3rd Avenue Streetscape Improvements 
3rd Avenue Approved Master Plan 


3rd avenue with extended bus-stop bulb out at 22nd Street


3rd Avenue sidewalk during a fundraiser


3rd ave at 21st Street during a sidewalk sale


3rd ave christmas lights in the centre median


3rd avenue streetscape improvements at night in winter


Flower Pot Program

Removable seasonal planters provide a portable landscape that provides instant colour in our public spaces. Planters are placed throughout the Downtown, Riversdale, Broadway and Sutherland Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and River Landing. Today, the City of Saskatoon Planning and Development Division partners with the Parks Division, Environmental & Corporate Initiatives Division, Saskatoon Transit and four BIDs to coordinate and implement the program between the end of May and mid-September, weather permitting.  Download the  flower pot program for more information.