Structures & Equipment
Saskatoon closes city greenhouse, considers replacement
It was built in 1958 and faces escalating structural issues.
February 21, 2023 By Greenhouse Canada
A Saskatoon-owned greenhouse facility that has provided plants for all of the city’s flowerpots, flowerbeds and indoor displays since 1958 is now at the end of its service life, according to a municipal parks department report released earlier this month.
Located in the Vic Rempel Yards off Avenue P North, the greenhouse has seen structural concerns—including glass cracking and falling, wood rotting and snow load risks—escalate in recent years, due to the facility’s advanced age and unique design. An engineering assessment in 2022 recommended it be vacated, for the safety of staff.
Later this year, city administration will report back to council with longer-term recommendations for Saskatoon’s greenhouse program. Replacing the facility, which council has discussed since 2016, could cost between $2.5 to $6 million
In the meantime, the municipal government is sourcing seasonal plants from a private-sector contractor’s wholesale greenhouse for the 2023 season. Parks staff will continue to plant these flowers citywide.
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