The River Landing destination complex is a concept for the use of the area located east of the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and bounded by Saunders Avenue to the north and the extension of 2nd Avenue to the east. On the south side of the block, and forming part of the overall building complex, the Concept Plan calls for a public building with public space inside. This space would provide access to a destination attraction, café, public washrooms, and access to a live performance theatre.
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On the south side of the block, and forming part of the overall building complex, the Concept Plan calls for a public building with public space inside. This space would provide access to a destination attraction, café, public washrooms, access to a live theatre and possibly access to a landmark feature, which would be located on the westerly portion of this site. This inside public space would be designed to include a small stage for musical performances and a three-storey atrium, making it a bright and interesting place.
From the first performance on December 12, 2007 to the official opening gala held on January 22, 2008, Persephone Theatre’s state-of-the-art facility in River Landing has marked a new era for live-performance theatre in Saskatoon. For more information on Persephone Theatre, go to their website.
On April 3, 2009, the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan publicly announced its intent to construct a new art gallery at the River Landing Destination Centre. The Art Gallery of Saskatchewan would wrap around Persephone Theatre and have a 250-stall underground parking garage.
On September 23, 2009, the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan each contributed $13.02 million towards the Destination Centre. The City of Saskatoon and other key partners have committed funding in support of this project. The total estimated costs for the Centre will be approximately $51 million.
At the City Council meeting of November 30, 2009, City Council approved, in principle, the development of the Destination Centre with an expanded art gallery (Saskatoon Art Gallery and Conservatory Corporation) as the anchor attraction (see the report for the full details)
The Destination Centre will provide the following benefits for residents and visitors to the region:
- Exhibition galleries;
- Education and public programs space;
- Collection and preparation space;
- A winter haven for River Landing visitors; and
- An atrium, reception area, and infrmation kiosk.
To view the function program for the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, click here.
Last updated April 26, 2010