Wildwood, Saskatoon

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Wildwood
City of Saskatoon neighbourhood
Lakewood Civic Centre
Lakewood Civic Centre
Wildwood location map
Wildwood location map
Coordinates: 52°6′20″N 106°35′10″W / 52.10556°N 106.58611°W / 52.10556; -106.58611Coordinates: 52°6′20″N 106°35′10″W / 52.10556°N 106.58611°W / 52.10556; -106.58611
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Lakewood
Neighbourhood Wildwood
Annexed 1970-1974
Construction 1971-1980
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 9)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Tiffany Paulsen
Area
 • Total 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,582
 • Average Income $64,196
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website Wildwood Community Association

Wildwood is a primarily residential neighbourhood located in the southeast part of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It includes part of the 8th Street business district. The majority of its residents live in townhouse or apartment-style multiple unit dwellings, with a sizeable minority of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2012, the area is home to 7,582 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $64,196, and a home ownership rate of 64.7%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $270,309.[2]

History[edit]

Lakewood Park

Before being part of Saskatoon, the land for Wildwood was used for agriculture. It includes part of the Sutherland Moraine, a ridge that forms a local topographic high.[3] George Stephenson, who ranched in the Dundurn area in the 1880s, operated a dairy farm along 8th Street until 1911. The intersection of 8th Street and Central Avenue (now Acadia Drive) was referred to as "Stephenson's Corner" for many years. The streetcar line from Saskatoon to Sutherland ran east down 8th Street and turned north into Sutherland.[4]

The Wildwood Golf Course existed before any residential development occurred.[5] It opened on July 1, 1931, and was Saskatoon's first golf course.[6] As well, the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association operated a racing oval on land between the present-day Moss Avenue and McKercher Drive. In 1968, the SSRCA had to find another home when the City of Saskatoon announced its intention to expand eastward and annex the land.[7]

The land where Wildwood now exists was annexed in the period between 1970 and 1974,[8] and the golf course's name was chosen for the name of the new neighbourhood.[9][10] Home construction was at its peak from 1971 until 1980.[1] Wildwood School opened on May 9, 1978.[11] Bishop Pocock School opened in 1978, and the Lakewood Civic Centre was opened in 1988.[12]

Government and politics[edit]

Wildwood Golf Course

Wildwood exists within the federal electoral district of Blackstrap. It is currently represented by Lynne Yelich of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Greystone. It is currently represented by Rob Norris of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Wildwood lies within ward 9. It is currently represented by Councillor Tiffany Paulsen. She was first elected in 2000 and has been re-elected three times: 2003 (by acclamation), 2006 and 2009 (by acclamation).

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

Wildwood School
Wildwood School.jpg
Address
203 Rosedale Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7H 5H1,
Information
School type Elementary Public
Opened 1978
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Principal David Katzman
Vice principal Donnalee Weinmaster
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Age range 5 to 12
Language English
Website
Bishop Pocock School
Bishop Pocock School.jpg
Address
227 Avondale Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7H 5A5,
Information
School type Separate Elementary
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Opened 1978
School board Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division
Principal D. Cheke
Vice principal J. Millar
Website

Public Safety[edit]

  • Fire Station #6 - covers the southeast area of Saskatoon. This hall has a one captain and four firefighters that work on each of the four shifts.[16]

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Heritage Green - 1.65 acres (0.67 ha)
  • Heritage Park - 9.1 acres (3.7 ha)
  • Lakewood Park, district section - 14.51 acres (5.87 ha)
  • Wildwood Park - 20.61 acres (8.34 ha)
  • Lakewood Park, multi-district section - 25.34 acres (10.25 ha)

Parts of Lakewood Park are landscaped with natural prairie grassland vegetation. As well, the park contains a constructed wetland area, designed to remove pollutants from stormwater and control runoff. The wetland's waters and native plants in turn provide habitat for native aquatic animals, insects, and birds.

The Wildwood Community Association coordinates recreational programs and social activities, maintains the park and outdoor rink, and promotes the well-being of residents. The volunteer-run association also provides a voice for the community on issues of local concern.[17]

The Lakewood Civic Centre houses a swimming pool and waterslide, fitness facilities, meeting and recreational space, and the Cliff Wright Branch Library all in one facility.[18]

The Wildwood Golf Course is an 18 hole course that has an intermediate level of play. It includes a practice green, pro shop and coffee shop.[19]

Commercial[edit]

Centre Mall East

Wildwood's northern border includes the eastern end of the 8th Street business district. Predating Wildwood's residential development to the south, the County Fair Plaza shopping centre operated at Circle Drive and 8th Street and included as Zellers department store and Canada Safeway. In 1978, Wildwood Mall opened across Acadia Drive from County Fair Plaza on the former Stephenson dairy farm land[4] and added retailers such as Woolco (and later Wal-Mart) to the area. In the mid-1980s, County Fair Plaza was expanded into a larger mall called Circle Centre Mall. In the late 1990s, Wildwood Mall (which had been struggling since losing one of its anchor tenants, Dominion grocery stores) and Circle Park merged to become The Centre at Circle and 8th, which was later rebranded The Centre, with the two malls linked via an underground tunnel under Acadia Drive. In addition to The Centre, a few satellite businesses are located in freestanding buildings along 8th Street, straddling the mall property.

Location[edit]

Wildwood is located within the Lakewood Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by 8th Street to the north, Boychuk Drive to the east, Taylor Street to the south, and Circle Drive to the west. Inside those boundaries, the roads are a mix of local and collector roads. McKercher Drive, a north-south arterial road, roughly bisects the neighbourhood; Acadia Drive is another north-south arterial road in the west half of Wildwood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wildwood" (PDF). 11th Edition Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Wildwood". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Executive Summary – Rosewood Groundwater Study" (PDF). Hydrogeologic Investigation - Rosewood Subdivision. WaterMark Consulting Ltd. February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b Duerkop, John (2000). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon's History in Street Names. Purich Publishing. p. 237. ISBN 1-895830-16-8. 
  5. ^ "Wildwood Golf Course". Online Highways. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Wildwood Golf Course a hole-in-one of history". CBC News. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  7. ^ "History". Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Club. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  8. ^ Populace Spring 2006 8 (1), City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch, Spring 2006, p. 5 
  9. ^ "History of Wildwood". Wildwood Community Association. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  10. ^ Duerkop, John (2000). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon's History in Street Names. Purich Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 1-895830-16-8. 
  11. ^ Blashill, Lorraine (1982). E.T. Russell, ed. From a little stone school... History of Saskatoon Public Schools. Modern Press Ltd. p. 149. 
  12. ^ "City of Saskatoon Municipal Manual" (PDF). City of Saskatoon - City Clerk's Office. July 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  13. ^ "Wildwood School". Saskatoon Public School Division. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Bishop Pocock School". Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  15. ^ "Cliff Wright Branch". Saskatoon Public Library. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  16. ^ "Fire and Protective Services - East Division". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  17. ^ "Wildwood Community Association". City of Saskatoon - Community Services Department. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  18. ^ "Lakewood Civic Centre". City of Saskatoon - Leisure Services Branch. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  19. ^ "Wildwood Golf Course". City of Saskatoon - Leisure Services Branch. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 

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