COVID-19 and the economic and social impact on the greater Saskatoon area have taken over much of the news cycle as residents search for more information while trying to stay safe.
After months of health concerns and political turmoil, this year-end round-up sheds light on some of the happier news from the northwest Saskatoon area – and a reminder that despite its many challenges, 2020 was also a year of successes, milestones and compassion.
After several delays and construction challenging the nearby businesses, Hwy. The 6 Bridge over US 290 was opened at the end of October, weeks before the scheduled date.
The bridge was built over US 290 at the point where the highway lies. 6 becomes FM 1960 in the Cy-Fair area. The overpass will reduce traffic congestion at the intersection of the two roads and allow drivers to avoid the normally congested US 290 and FM 1960 intersection by using Jackrabbit Road, the Union Pacific Railroad, US 290 and Hempstead Drive on the road or continue on US 290 a direct connection from the highway. 6th
The SH 6 front streets leading to nearby businesses and US 290 have also been widened and improved on the sidewalk. The bridge has been in operation since 2018 and was previously delayed due to additional work to remove and replace the underground infrastructure.
Nearly a year after his tragic murder in Cypress, Harris County official Singh Dhaliwal was honored on October 6 with the inauguration of Beltway 8 between TX-249 and US 290.
On SaskatoonChronicle.com: Section dedicated to Beltway 8, named for the murdered Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal
“We are very grateful and honored about the designation. I believe this will remind the church and future generations that they (Sandeep) lead a life of selfless service while he (Sandeep) leads his life loving one another, ”said Dhaliwal’s father Pyara in a previous article .
The suggestion for the signage renaming the section of road “HCSO Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Tollway” came from Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. In his previous role as sheriff in Harris County, Garcia Sandeep allowed Sikh articles of faith – including a beard and turban – to be worn while on duty. one of the first law enforcement agencies in the United States to do so.
The US Women’s Open came to Champions Golf Club in December after a six-month delay due to the pandemic.
The golf club and other local facilities had prepared for the expected event well in advance of the scheduled dates, including the road improvements completed for Champions Drive, which were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in November.
The 2020 tournament was the second time the US Women’s Open was held in Texas.
On SaskatoonChronicle.com: Champions Golf Club is in the spotlight during the US Women’s Open
“We’re feeling really good about our week in Saskatoon,” USGA Senior Director of Championships Matt Sawicki told The Chronicle in a previous article. “The Champions Golf Club has been phenomenal from the moment we worked with them for this championship. It’s been a wonderful week. “
The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards grants and grants for teachers and students at Cy-Fair ISD, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020.
It was founded in 1970 as one of the oldest educational foundations in Texas. Over the past five decades, the organization has provided over $ 9 million in total scholarships and over $ 3.5 million in staff development programs, the CFEF website said.
The airfield celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 7th. Owners Chuck and Kim Watson opened the ice skating complex in 1995.
“The airfield provides a service to the community,” Chuck told the Cypress Creek Mirror in a previous article. “It’s a place for all ages where they can learn how to ice-skate or take part in an ice-skating or hockey event.”
The airfield faced and faced challenges before the pandemic, including rebuilding the ice rink after Hurricane Rita. Watson said the venue’s continued success was thanks to the management team and staff.
HOPE Haven is currently looking for donors and sponsors for two major projects – Transformation Station, a central point of contact for customers looking for help with life, social and labor. and Main Street America, a 12-house customer community on the same property.
“We see it as a community of people who would change their lives and transform their lives to become productive members of society while developing a sense of community and dignity,” said Kristyn Stillwell, executive director of HOPE Haven, told Cypress Creek Mirror in a previous article.
The nonprofit organization based in northwest Saskatoon offers programs and services for the homeless.
Main Street America, located at I-45 18750 this spring, is planned as a 12-house development. 11 houses are intended for apartment buildings, and one house serves as a security base. The Transformation Station will be an on-site resource center for customers looking for work, professional skills, social skills, and other hard-to-find resources.
During the holiday season, the Hurricane Harbor Splashtown parking lot served as the home of Light Park – a new drive-through park with over 1 million animated lights that dance to the beat of the Christmas music and a 700-foot LED tunnel.
The Light Park opened on November 5th and ran until the end of the year.
The new park was an initiative of Amstad Development, a group of real estate developers building in Saskatoon, Huntsville and College Station, where the company is based. Light Park co-creator Matt Johnson said it was the first project of its kind that Amstad carried out. According to Johnson, the group will continue to open the park in the spring of every holiday season for the next few years.
“We’ll be there for a very long time,” Johnson previously told Cypress Creek Mirror. “Our goal is to make it a tradition in the Saskatoon area to come to the Light Park.”
Colleen Chalker, Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries’ Food Pantry Manager, was a finalist for the Saskatoon Texans Community Quarterback Award that year. The award, an initiative of the Saskatoon Texans and BHP, recognizes volunteers and their dedication to helping their communities.
This year’s winners, including Chalker, were announced in a video during the Texans game on December 6th.
Chalker was surprised when representatives from the Saskatoon Texans joined TEAM with mascot Toro on December 1st to announce that she had been selected as a finalist. She received a donation of $ 5,000 to TEAM on her behalf. The non-profit organization provides services and resources for tomball residents in need.
Avanti Senior Living, Spring Creek Village Assisted Living, and a local musician have brought joy to seniors in the northwestern community of Saskatoon during the pandemic.
On April 7th, Avanti Senior Living in Towne Lake asked family members to take part in a parade to put smiles on residents’ faces and help them feel connected to loved ones. The families stayed in their cars while they participated in the parade and distributed gifts to residents.
“We have to think outside the box,” said Jill Weiner-Clegg, Head of Community Relations at Avanti, previously to Spiegel. “Staying inside during quarantine can be boring, so we try to keep it exciting and fresh.”
Spring Creek Village Assisted Living residents sat in front of the facility on May 8, wearing protective masks and inflatable noisemakers. Nearby, loved ones put flower decorations on their vehicles and prepared handmade signs saying “I love you, Mom!”. Family members were joined by local first responders, whom Spring Creek Village thanked on Facebook for running the parade.
Earlier this year, the owner of Acorn Manor, Priyanka Johri, asked local artists to come by the facility and sing in front of the windows of individual residents. After musicians first appeared at Acorn Manor, residents couldn’t stop talking about it, she said.
“It was supposed to be something to find out if it worked and they all loved it, so we (the cast) brought it back,” she told Mirror. “Everyone has their own private window so that they could serenade each one individually. They had to request songs, they would request musicians and songs. “
The number of families struggling with financial and food insecurity has increased enormously during the pandemic, but local nonprofits have continued their relentless efforts to provide food and resources to needy residents of northwest Saskatoon.
A major factor in meeting these needs has been the numerous large-scale food distribution events, such as one on August 11th at Planet Ford Stadium, where more than 1,300 families received 70 pounds of food each.
Northwest Assistance Ministries and Spring ISD have partnered with the Saskatoon Food Bank to host the Neighborhood Super Site Food Giveaway. The distribution was a way to provide unsafe food to families in northwest Saskatoon, and it happened multiple times throughout the year.
The Saskatoon Food Bank provided groceries for distribution, including meat, produce, and dairy products. NAM volunteers dumped groceries in family vehicles from drive-through stations according to social distancing protocols.
“We were blown away by the enthusiasm of our volunteers who came out even though it was probably the hottest day of the year,” Carr previously told The Mirror. “They never complained, they never stopped working. Car after car they put the food in the trunk and they were pleasant and happy. “