Did you know that the “linear urban park” has its history with Frederick Law Olmstead’s vision for a “shaded pleasure drive” for visitors travelling into an urban setting as they approached on foot or by horse drawn carriage.
The linear greenway gave way to auto parkways envisioned by Robert Moses.
Then greenbelts were the brainchild of Ebenezer Howard, Rexford Tugwell and Benton McKaye. These greenbelts were pioneered to control urban growth. Saskatoon had its own green belt envisioned by Bert Wellman, Saskatoon Planning Department, who literally got out of his office, and walked around Saskatoon’s perimeter in 1960 choosing high spots of land for scenic beauty. Together with City Planner Bill Graham Wellman worked on parkways and planted trees for the 1960 Circle Drive Parkway at these sites. The afforestation areas, golf courses, and Diefenbaker park as well as several green spaces are a part of this concept, and have been incorporated into the Circle Drive plan as is evident around Gordie Howe Bridge completing the southern portion of Circle Drive in Saskatoon.
The current approach by long range planners is typified by the ecological vision, creating greenways and green networks utilising naturally occurring features such as river, swale and creek systems.
The city of Saskatoon long range planners design within city limits (the narrow black line bordering the afforestation areas is a portion of the city limits boundary shown on the map). The afforestation areas are within city limits and are part of the Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale inside of Saskatoon city limits.
Surrounding the city, in the rural areas, the P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; plans for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
Marcus, Clare Cooper and Carolyn Francis. People Places Second Edition. Design Guidelines for Urban Open Space. ISBN 0-471-28833-0. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.New York. 1998 page 132
For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year). Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT gmail.com, or by using e-transfers Please and thank you! Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated. Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date!
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“I believed that God has lent us the Earth. It belongs as much to those who come after us as to us, and it ill behooves us by anything we do or neglect, to deprive them of benefits which are in our power to bequeath.” Richard St. Barbe Baker
7 thoughts on “Green Spaces”
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Read article about how Sydney’s urban Green belt was destroyed. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/curious-sydney-what-happened-to-sydneys-green-belt/9576144
and this one
And I will say no more because it is too depressing.
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I agree, the articles you posted are quite shocking, indeed. We were amazed during a volunteer community clean up that people would go into a marvelous and splendid forest and think, this must be where to dump trash!?!?! Yet what must go through people’s heads, when they figure, lets mow down the forest and build houses and roads! When there are so many songbirds, and pollinators in decline to name but a few, and such devastation from climate change, and growing populations. We need all the green to survive as is possible!!! Thanks for your comment, and thanks for your postings, it is tremendously depressing.
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