About our fundraising for the Albert Rec Unit



Big Plans Update: July 2018

The Big Plans for a Little Park committee, tasked by the Nutana Community Association with planning and fundraising for the Albert Rec Unit park at the corner of Clarence Avenue and 13th Street East, have extended the park project to Spring 2019. Hopes were high that renovations to the park could begin this fall, but unfortunately the contractor pricing was higher than the current funds available.

While plans have been scaled back from the original vision for the park, the overall goal is still to remove the large asphalt pad to make the park into a more welcoming grassed area and incorporate a basketball half-court. If funds permit, new trees and rocks may be added to boost the natural play elements.

With the new play equipment installed last fall by the City of Saskatoon with a Canada 150 grant, the park is already seeing increased use and enjoyment by residents. The committee hopes to build on that success and continue to make the park a favourite destination for all in the neighbourhood.

Please help make your park a big success! Donations will still be accepted until December 2018 with tax receipts issued by the City of Saskatoon.

Big Plans Update: August 15 2017:

Changes are scheduled to begin this fall as the City of Saskatoon will be replacing all of the play structures. Funding for this part of the park rehab is courtesy of a federal Canada 150 grant. This will improve the park on both the north and south sides of the fenceline with the removal of the extremely well-used wooden play structures.

Fundraising continues towards further redevelopment of the park. Through various grants, fundraising events, and donations from residents we have raised well over $100,000. Thank you to all those who have helped support our neighbourhood project. To donate please see the sidebar of this page.

The scope of further improvements, primarily on the south side of the fence, will be dictated by the total funds raised by early 2018. These further improvements include many features including more equipment, green landscaping and contouring, new play features, a riding/running loop, a tiny toboggan hill and a 3 on 3 basketball court. The current timeline is to complete all phases of construction before 2018 splash pool season. Thank you to Jim Siemens (Oxbow Architecture) and Chris Popplewell (Strata Developments) for their professional assistance.

The Albert Recreation Unit, on the corner of Clarence and 13th Street, has been a little park used by Nutana and Varsity View residents for over 70 years. While the park has served us well, it is beginning to show its age. Our Big Plans committee was formed over a year ago to plan for its rejuvenation.

Now, after much work reviewing the park’s facilities, getting feedback from the community and doing research and planning, our Big Plans for a Little Park are close to being finalized!

Overall, we focused on these goals:

  • maintain the paddling pool and building
  • increase the green space
  • modernize the playground equipment
  • make the park a safe and welcoming place for all in our neighbourhoods

We believe those goals have been well met! We have tried to pack as much big fun into  this little park as we can – making it a destination for all ages and all interests. The committee has been working with Oxbow Architecture – one of firms involved with the refurbished Kinsmen Park – to realize many of our goals with innovative and creative solutions. We are sure you will agree that the new park plans are a much needed improvement.

Highlights of the new plans include:

  • Twisty sticks climbing and play structure
  • A larger grassed area, with a small hill incorporating a slide
  • New singles basketball court
  • New play structures throughout the park
  • Natural play areas
  • More open areas for crafts or play
  • New fitness stations
  • Retaining the existing pool, building and established trees of the park

These may be big plans for our little park, but  we believe that the neighbourhood deserves and will support a great little park like this. Please consider donating and help us make our little park a Big Success!

Ready to do a Good Deed?

We are asking the neighbourhood to do a good deed and contribute towards the funds needed to make these Big Plans a reality.

In return, we’ll give you a Good Deed for a Little Park as a thank you for any donation over $100 and you will be helping to make our little park a Big Success!

How it works:

The Albert Recreation Unit is a little park about 3000 m2 in size. To raise money for the park’s rejuvenation, we are figuratively dividing the park into blocks of approximately one square metre in size and asking the community to donate $100, or more, per square metre. With your generosity we aim to raise the $300,000 to cover the costs of the rejuvenation.

You are welcome to donate the equivalent of one square metre block, or for several blocks of the park. Our Big Plans committee will issue an official  ‘Good Deed’ thank you for any donation of $100 or more, and tax receipts will be issued by the City of Saskatoon for all donations. Donors at $500 and above will also be recognized in the park. This project has great community support, with over $60,000 already committed with grants from the City of Saskatoon, the Nutana and Varsity View Community Associations, the Community Initiatives Fund and with donations from your friends and neighbours!

The City of Saskatoon has also received a special grant from the Canada 150 Fund, which will be used for some of the new play structures – and while it will be a separate project, it will be integrated into the new larger park plan.

These may be big plans for our little park, but we believe that the neighbourhood deserves and will support a great little park like this. Do a good deed for your neighbourhood today – donate now!

Thank you for making our little park a BIG success!

The Albert Rec. Unit Committee:

Mike McKague (chair), Tanya Bell, Barb Giles, Trevor Morog, Beth Wall, Sarah Williams, Roger Williamson (Rahul Mainra, past chair)

Contact us by email: bigplans@nutana.ca

Download a Big Plans park fundraising brochure .

Thanks to our supporters: