Briarwood, Saskatoon

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Briarwood
City of Saskatoon neighborhood
Briarwood entrance sign
Briarwood entrance sign
Briarwood location map
Briarwood location map
Coordinates: 52°6′31″N 106°33′48″W / 52.10861°N 106.56333°W / 52.10861; -106.56333Coordinates: 52°6′31″N 106°33′48″W / 52.10861°N 106.56333°W / 52.10861; -106.56333
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Lakewood
Neighbourhood Briarwood
Annexed 1975-1979
Construction 1986-2001
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 8)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Eric Olauson
Area
 • Total 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 4,473
 • Average Income $105,651
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website Briarwood Community Association

Briarwood is a residential neighbourhood located in the southeast part of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The majority of its residents live in low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2009, the area is home to 4,473 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a very high-income area, with an average family income of $117,619, an average dwelling value of $449,158 and a home ownership rate of 97.0%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $489,830.[2]

History[edit]

The land where Briarwood now exists was originally farmland, owned by the late Mike Boychuk. He would become the owner of Boychuk Construction, a major Saskatoon homebuilder founded in 1945.[3] Boychuk Drive, which forms Briarwood's western boundary, bears his name. The land was annexed by the city in the period between 1975 and 1979.[4] Home construction began in 1988, but reached its peak between 1996 and 2001.[1]

Unlike most Saskatoon neighbourhoods, which name streets to honour noteworthy individuals or places, Briarwood's streets all begin with the letter "B". This makes Briarwood and the neighbourhood of Eastview somewhat unique with their more generic street naming conventions.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

The Saskatoon Public School Division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division opted not to build schools in Briarwood, much to the resentment of some residents, who purchased homes assuming that schools would be built. A conflict ensued between homeowners and the land developers who wished to have the land rezoned for houses.[5]

Government and politics[edit]

Briarwood 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 and 2008.

Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Southeast. It is currently represented by Don Morgan of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Briarwood lies within ward 8. It is currently represented by Councillor Eric Olauson, who was first elected in 2012.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Homes around Briarwood Lake
  • Briarwood Linear Park - 2.2 acres
  • Briarwood Swale - 14.3 acres
  • Briarwood Lake Park - 16.1 acres
  • Briarwood Neighbourhood Park - 17.4 acres

The Briarwood Community Association represents local interests in discussions with the city on quality of life issues. To promote a sense of community, volunteers organize various events throughout the year, operate programs out of the Briarwood Recreation Centre and maintain the outdoor rink on Briarwood Pond.[6]

Public services[edit]

Briarwood is a part of the east division of the Saskatoon Police Services patrol system.[7] Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services' east division covers the neighbourhood.[8] Transit services to Briarwood are provided by Saskatoon Transit on route No. 5 (Briarwood - Fairhaven).[9]

Commercial[edit]

At present, no parts of Briarwood have commercial development. 94 home-based businesses exist in the area.[1] The nearest commercial areas lies to the south in the Lakewood Suburban Centre and to the northwest along 8th Street East including The Centre at Circle and 8th shopping centre; future development to the east is expected to include a new commercial hub along an extension of 8th Street, not far from Briarwood.

Location[edit]

Briarwood is located within the Lakewood Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by 8th Street to the north, Boychuk Drive to the west, Taylor Street to the south, and Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to the east. Inside those boundaries, the roads are a mix of local and collector roads.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Briarwood" (PDF). Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon - Planning and Development Branch. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Briarwood". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Boychuk Homes. 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  4. ^ Populace Spring 2006 8 (1), City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch, Spring 2006, p. 5 
  5. ^ Hutton, David (October 18, 2010). "Arbor Creek school sites eyed". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Briarwood". Community Associations. City of Saksatoon - Community Development Branch. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  7. ^ "East Division". Saskatoon Police Service. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Divisions - East". City of Saskatoon - Fire and Protective Services. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Routes and Services". City of Saskatoon - Transit Services. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 

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