Christmas in South Nutana Park!

So all I can say is wow! It has been quite the ride in our neighbourhood. Last year it seemed I never got a chance to spend any time with my snow-blower. This year I am just trying to find away to duck its calls!

Well it is Christmas eve and I’m sure some of you are wondering if you are brave enough to face the lineup at the Forestry Farm to see the Enchanted Forest? Well why not take the kids around the neighbourhood and see what your neighbours have been up to instead!

There is the ever popular and reliable, Smurphy (Murphy Crescent) and Bell crescents to see, and just outside our neighbourhood is Charlie Brown Crescent (Brown Crescent) and Candy Cane Lane (MacDermid Crescent). Also just wandering through the neighbourhood can lead to some really great discoveries. If you haven’t  wandered by Clinkskill Dr. then you are in for a treat! Check out the video I took the other night of this incredible display set to lights!

Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone and don’t forget to register our upcoming winter programming! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

City Announces “SASKATOON RECYCLES” To Begin Janurary 2013

The City of Saskatoon today announces its residential recycling collection. The program will begin to roll out in early January 2013, with a neighbourhood by neighbourhood, phased-in delivery of blue recycling carts to homes that currently receive black garbage cart service.

“We’ve heard from Saskatoon residents about their desire to keep our growing, 21st century city beautiful,” says City Manager Murray Totland. “We want to provide services which demonstrate our Strategic Goal of Environmental Leadership.  So, that’s why it is my absolute pleasure to officially introduce a program that is in step with the needs and shared values of our residents: Saskatoon Recycles.”

In January, recycling service provider Loraas Recycle will continue with their bi-weekly collection schedule for current customers and new customers will have their first collection within two weeks of receiving their blue recycling cart, in the same location as the black garbage cart pickup. It will take about six months for all blue recycling carts to be delivered to the 66,000 homes. A monthly fee of $4.66 will be added to homeowners’ municipal utility bills once their blue recycling cart pickup service has started.

Environmental Services Branch Manager, Brenda Wallace, explains that recycling programs similar in scope in other Canadian municipalities were assessed in order to learn from challenges and implement successes.

“Together we built this recycling program, and together we must implement it. The success of Saskatoon Recycles depends on it,” says Wallace. “Even so, despite our collective best efforts, we must still manage our own expectations as we arrive at the inevitable bumps in the road.”

The City anticipates that in its first year alone, Saskatoon Recycles will divert at least 14,000 tonnes of residential household waste from the landfill, doubling the volume of recyclable material the City collected in 2012.

“On average about half of what people put in their black garbage carts can actually be recycled,” says Wallace.

An extensive list of acceptable and unacceptable recycling materials is available at and will be listed in a recycling guide delivered in the blue carts.

“If you don’t see it on the list, it can’t go in the cart,” Wallace stressed. “People often think items like Styrofoam or wood can be recycled, but they can’t, so we all need to become familiar with what can and cannot go in the cart.”

An integrated recycling and garbage collection calendar and recycling guide will be delivered in the blue recycling carts. To find out when your cart will be delivered, residents can find the delivery schedule at, or contact Loraas Recycle at 242-2300 or

Saskatoon Recycles is among the most affordable programs of its kind in Canada. The second phase of the program will begin roll out in 2014, extending the recycling program to Saskatoon residents, in condos and apartments.

Find more information about the City’s Saskatoon Recycles, visit, follow @cityofsaskatoon on Twitter (#yxerecycles) and like us on Facebook.

SSO Book and Music Sale!

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is hosting their Fall Book and Music Sale on November 9, 10 and 11.It is an “overstock” sale which means they are trying to make room on the shelves for new stock.If you are one of those incredibly organized people who are already starting your Christmas shopping – or if you have made the resolution to be one of those people, this is a great opportunity for you to get started!  

Books include all genres and are sorted by subject matter. They include fiction and non-fiction, hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs, records, and sheet music. All items are priced to sell quickly and many are new, or barely used.

The sale is located at the SSO Office – 408 20th Street West at Avenue D and runs Friday and Saturday 10am to 8 pm and Sunday noon till 6pm.

 Come out, shop and support the Saskatoon Symphony!

For more info visit:


This Halloween, parents are reminded to tell their little trick or treaters that Saskatoon Transit’s SafeBus program is there to help if they are in trouble. Children can get on a bus at any bus stop if they are lost, cold, frightened, hurt, or in trouble. Transit operators have direct 911 access to call for assistance.

Children asking for help do not need money to get on a SafeBus. To get an approaching bus operator’s attention, children in need of assistance should stand on the sidewalk and hold their hand up as the bus approaches. The operator will recognize this as a sign of distress and stop to help. The City reminds all parents to tell their children to never step onto the roadway to flag down a bus as this is very dangerous.

The Safe Bus Program is part of the City of Saskatoon’s ongoing commitment to improving the safety of citizens and enhancing the quality of life in Saskatoon.

For more information on this program, please call Transit Customer Service at 975-3100 or visit and click on “S” for SafeBus.

The City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Transit wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween.

South Nutana Park Community Association