Heritage Day 2019

The roads behind Leslie MacLachlan at 3102 Ortona Street (where Ortona curves to meet Caen Street) in 1957 were gravelled and would remain so for another 20 years.
MacLachlan Family photo

Heritage Day in Saskatchewan is February 17. The day celebrates our rich provincial history. Our neighbourhood is a National Historic Site. What can we do to celebrate our history?

From 1-4 pm on February 17, we can meet at the Rec building in Montgomery Park for skating or sliding at the hill. For indoor fun, enjoy a hot chocolate or activity in the Rec building. Come out for Winter Fun in the Park with family, friends and neighbours.

Visit the cairn and monument in Montgomery Park to honour and remember the Second World War veterans and their families who carved out a community from a patch of prairie. Walk the streets and avenues framed by trees planted more than 60 years ago, reading the heritage signs posted around the community that explain how roadway and park names originated. Skate in Montgomery Park or at St. Dominic School. Toboggan at the hill or cross-county ski.

The CN Curling Club welcomes neighbours to watch some curling during daytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The kitchen is open to enjoy a coffee or lunch. Evenings from Tuesday to Friday each week, you can watch curling, enjoy treats from the kitchen or visit the lounge.

If curling up indoors is more your style, visit the History tab at www.montgomeryplace.ca. There are pictures and stories of decades of life and living in Montgomery Place to enjoy.

Montgomery kids like Bev Comrie, Lynda and Billy Shatilla walked on unpaved roads to Montgomery School. This photos from the early 1960s shows the kids at the corner of Dieppe Street and Crerar Drive.
Shatilla Family photo

The 28 families who moved here first in 1946 came with optimism and hope for the future of the small settlement at the edge of Saskatoon. We’ve come a long way.

Hard surfacing the roads here began more than 30 years later. In January 1978 a letter from the City Engineer “recommended that in 1978 the City initiate a local improvement program for street paving, including a review of the drainage system.” The estimated cost of the paving was $263,000 with an additional $5000 for a drainage survey. In April 1978 Frank Apps of the Montgomery Ratepayers’ Association wrote to the City saying “In all fairness to the residents concerned, our executive feels that a price per front foot should be established, indicating the maximum footage to be charged and also if flankage is to be assessed.” In August 1978 Montgomery residents were told that Asphalt Services Ltd. had been awarded the road contract and a “2 inch thickness of hot mix asphalt” was laid down.