Greely, Ontario

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For the American polar explorer and US Civil War veteran, see Adolphus Greely.
Greely community centre

Greely is a quickly growing rural community in Osgoode Ward in the southern end of Ottawa, Canada. Prior to amalgamation in 2001, it was part of the Township of Osgoode. It has been a part of the City of Ottawa since. Greely is currently the largest rural village in terms of land area and the third largest in terms of population in the City of Ottawa.[citation needed] According to the Greely Community Association, it is bounded on the east by Sale Barn Road and Greyscreek Road, on the north by Mitch Owens on the west by Manotick Station Road, and on the south by Snake Island Road.[1] According to the Canada 2011 Census, the population within these boundaries was 9,049.[2]

It is in the parliamentary riding federally and provincially of Nepean-Carleton, and is represented on City Council by Doug Thompson, being in Osgoode Ward.

Greely is home to a set of tight-knit and unique communities throughout the village. Most homes sit on ½ acre to 2-acre (8,100 m2) lots. Some developers offer condominium-like amenities such as pools, tennis courts, man-made lakes, beaches, and small neighbourhood community centres within their residential communities. The Greely Community Centre hosts meetings and activities for the entire rural town. Every year, they organize a Winter Carnival and a renowned Canada Day celebration.

Throughout the last eight years Greely has seen a 58.7% increase in the number of dwellings.[3] Greely’s increasingly rapid growth can be attributed to its rural atmosphere and easy access to Ottawa’s urban centre. Furthermore, Greely presently has several large areas of undeveloped land within its boundaries. Greely’s boundaries currently contain enough land for approximately twenty-two years of residential growth based on current development patterns.

Greely has a strong commercial district housing many small and medium manufacturing and services companies. It has a spattering of businesses to provide the community with essentials, including 2 gas stations, 3 pizzarias, a 24 hour Grocery Store located on Meadow Drive, and a couple of restaurants. Residents are eagerly anticipating new commercial developments around Parkway Road and Bank St.

Churches[edit]

  • All Saints Anglican Church
  • Parkway Road Pentecostal Church
  • Our Lady of the Visitation (Not actually in Greely, but on the border. Many Greely residents attend this church, and they hold events in Greely.)

Schools[edit]

Library[edit]

The Greely branch of the Ottawa Public Library was opened in 1976, after receiving approval from Osgoode Township Council, with the local fire department agreeing to let them use their meeting room for the branch. During the 1990s, the Osgoode Township Library Board received a grant from the Ontario government to build a new branch, but the building never came to fruition. In 2009, the community secured funding for a brand new 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) library to be built as an extension to the Greely Community Centre at 1448 Meadow Drive. The new facility opened its doors on March 14, 2011.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.greelycommunity.org/documents/GCA-Boundaries-Nov07.pdf
  2. ^ Population calculated by combining Dissemination areas 35061453, 35061450, 35061448, 35061447, 35061444, 35061451, 35061449, 35061452, 35061443, 35061445, 35061446 and Dissemination Blocks 3506147401, 3506147408, 3506147407
  3. ^ City of Ottawa, “Occupied Dwelling Estimates for the Ottawa Villages, 2000-2008,” [1] (Accessed, July 30, 2010)

2. Greely Community Design Plan. City of Ottawa, 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-14.

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Coordinates: 45°15′41″N 75°33′40″W / 45.26139°N 75.56111°W / 45.26139; -75.56111