The Prairie Lily looking a lot warmer than she did in January.
Camponi Place is the new home of some of the former McNab Park dwellings. Of the 154 housing units from McNab Park, 78 salvageable units were relocated here (ten sixplex and nine duplex buildings) in 2009.
I have mixed feelings about AIDS Saskatoon’s building and drop-in centre. On one hand I love what it does for the community and it is a needed service. Their programming and drop-in centre both save and change lives for the better. Saskatoon and my neighbourhood is better off because of the work they do here.
On the other hand, the building unattractive. It’s not an eyesore and it is kept clean. The backyard has been decorated and looks nice but the building is in need of some work on the exterior.
Now like a lot of service organizations, AIDS Saskatoon is focused on it’s mission to help people. Fundraising to re-stucco the building or do some facade improvements is not part of the mission and I would imagine be a hard thing to raise some money for.
Of course the building is in the middle of a fledgling business area that needs attractive buildings and anchors. It is why I wish the province and city could and world work together on helping non-profits and CBOs fit into business improvement districts and neighbourhoods a little better. A once in a lifetime (or once in 20 year) injection of capital into facade improvements would do wonders for both the CBO and the community. It would be an investment in the commercial area, the CBO and the people it serves.
Sadly it will never happen.
I really think one of these in Saskatoon would be a lot of fun.
The Star Mine Suspension Bridge is a 117 metre long pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses the Red Deer River in Rosedale, just outside of Drumheller, Alberta.
Constructed in 1931, the bridge was built for the coal workers of Star Mine. Although once used by miners, the bridge is now a favourite among locals for fishing and to access great Badlands terrain.