The City of Saskatoon held a sign unveiling ceremony near the north end of the steel bridge in Hyde Park on July 9, 2014. Over 70 people attended the event which included Hyde family members, His Worship Mayor Donald Atchison, City of Saskatoon, Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation, Rosewood Community Association, local school student representatives, the general public, and several local media providers. Reed Hentze, RCA Vice President and Health Safety and Environment Director, gave a brief presentation on behalf of the community. The full transcript of his presentation can be found on our here.
The presentations focused on the Hyde family and their history on the site, as well as the importance of wetland functions and values. It also stressed the importance of natural areas not only for the Rosewood Community but for residents throughout the City of Saskatoon. Activities included pond dipping by the children and bird watching.
Although the park is not yet completed, as there needs to be work on vegetation management, significant improvements to the existing water control structure, and other minor management issues, the park is shaping up to be a significant natural feature for the City and for Rosewood!
We currently have over 6 hectares (15 acres) of wetlands in Hyde Park, not including modified storm water ponds and other altered water features, as well as close to 7 hectares of near-native grasslands surrounding the main wetland.
Once the naturalized park plans are completed, the community will have over 23 hectares (57.5 acres) of naturalized native grassland and wetlands in Hyde Park!
If you haven’t had the opportunity, you should take the time to enjoy a stroll on the weekend and check out our naturalized prairie setting and the new signs honoring the Hyde family!
Originally scheduled for June 20, 2014 was cancelled due to inclement weather and was held on July 9, 2014.
Reed Hentze -Speaking Points
Here are a few photos from the sign unveiling celebration!
Articles of Interest
Video: Hyde Park sign unveiled A ceremony was held Wednesday to unveil a new sign celebrating the history of Hyde Park - The Star Phoenix
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (new date)
Hyde Park (near the bridge)
1:15 p.m. - Ceremony
2:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Activities including pond dipping, bird watching and more!
You are invited! Hyde Park Sign Unveiling Ceremony
Please join the City of Saskatoon Parks Division, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation at a short ceremony to unveil a commemorative sign in Hyde Park to celebrate the history of how this very unique naturalized park, one of the first of its kind in Saskatoon, came to be. Fun activities for all ages to follow.
For more information email the RCA or contact the City of Saskatoon at 306-657-8531.
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