In an Age-Friendly community, the natural environment and the buildings in the community help people of all ages and abilities to get around easily and safely, and encourage active community participation. (Examples are accessible and well-maintained parks, sidewalks with flat intersections, lighting, well-maintained streets, accessible stores, accessible public washrooms, benches near businesses, safety, etc.)

In the sections below, you will see examples of what AF Saskatchewan communities are doing in this domain. For each example, there is a link to that community’s individual page and to their contact details, for more information.

AF Saskatoon/SCOA has developed an “age-friendly lens” document to encourage organizations to become age-friendly. You can find a link to this document on their page on this website, as well as their contact details for more information. 

AF Rosetown has installed many benches throughout the community. They are locally made, and donors have input into the design. For more information, including brochure and photos, or to contact AF Rosetown, go to their Community Page on this site.

AF Strasbourg has installed benches throughout the community, including the cemetery. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this site.

Heavy Doors Remedied: In Rosetown, reports of seniors injuring themselves trying to open the heavy doors led to dialogue with Canada Post. Canada Post installed an automated door at the end of 2017. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Accessible Entrance: Town of Kipling Leisure Services and Council are in the engineering stage of renovations to the entrance to Kipling Arena, which includes consideration for mobility-challenged individuals (project is also funded by Rural Municipalities of Kingsley and Hazelwood). For more information, contact details for AF Kipling & District are on their Community Page on this website.

Handrails: People reported to AF Rosetown that they no longer attended their kids’ or grandkids’ baseball games because they did not feel safe climbing up and down the bleachers. This was shared with the Town of Rosetown, and the Town installed handrails on the bleachers. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Public Washrooms: At the instigation of AF Kipling & District, washrooms open to the public are available throughout the community at seasonal facilities from May 1 to October 1 annually. For more information, contact details for AF Kipling & District are on their Community Page on this website.

Main Street Patio: AF Kipling & District, the Kipling Library Board and the Town of Kipling Council have partnered to plan a Main Street Patio – to provide an inclusive, pleasant and restful space for all to gather, and to assist in the revitalization of the downtown area. For more information, contact details for AF Kipling & District are on their Community Page on this website.

Park Revitalization: AF Strasbourg has been involved with a park revitalization project including barrier free, gender-neutral washroom, seniors exercise equipment, 1120 ft picnic shelter, memorial garden, 2000 linear feet of 6 ft walking trails. For more information, contact details for AF Strasbourg are on their Community Page on this website.

Walking/Beautification/ Recycling: A walking group of seniors in Ponteix has integrated picking up garbage and recyclable items on their walks to help beautify their village and, through receiving refunds from SARCAN for the recyclables, raising funds for the new swimming pool which will have a ramp to enter the pool. For more information, contact details for AF Ponteix are on their Community Page on this website

Using Scooter to Test Sidewalks: In Rosetown, a volunteer who has mobility issues tested the accessibility of all sidewalks by driving his scooter over every sidewalk, identifying and marking problem areas. The Town used this map as a guide to start work on improving curb cuts in 2020. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.

Sidewalk Shaving: After AF Rosetown raised the concern, the Town of Rosetown purchased sidewalk-shaving equipment and addresses areas of concern as they are able. For more information, contact details for AF Rosetown are on their Community Page on this website.