Greenfield Park, Quebec

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Greenfield Park
Borough of Longueuil
Flag of Greenfield Park
Flag
Coat of arms of Greenfield Park
Coat of arms
Motto: Fortis Fortunam Superat
(Latin for "Fortune Favours the Brave")
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Location within Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil.
Greenfield Park is located in Southern Quebec
Greenfield Park
Greenfield Park
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°29′31″N 73°29′13″W / 45.492°N 73.487°W / 45.492; -73.487Coordinates: 45°29′31″N 73°29′13″W / 45.492°N 73.487°W / 45.492; -73.487
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
City Longueuil
Established March 24, 1911
Merger with Longueuil January 1, 2002
Electoral Districts
Federal

Saint-Lambert
Provincial Laporte
Government[1][2][3]
 • Type Borough
 • President Robert Myles (OGP)
 • Federal MP(s) Sadia Groguhé (NDP)
 • Quebec MNA(s) Nicole Ménard (PLQ)
Area[4][5]
 • Land 4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)[5]
 • Total 16,969
 • Density 3,550.0/km2 (9,194/sq mi)
 • Change (2006-11) Decrease0.6%
 • Dwellings 7,452
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 450
Access Routes[6] Route 134
Website www.longueuil.ca

Greenfield Park is a former city in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It is currently a borough of the city of Longueuil. It covers an area of 4.78 square kilometres (1.85 sq mi), with a population of 16,969 at the 2011 census of Canada. Greenfield Park is the only borough of Longueuil that has an officially bilingual status. It is primarily a post-war suburban area. Like the other two boroughs, most of the buildings in Greenfield Park are single-family homes. Nearly all of the land in Greenfield Park is built on, making it Longueuil's most densely populated borough.

Greenfield Park is divided into two sections. The older section of the borough is to the west of Taschereau Boulevard near Saint-Lambert, LeMoyne and Brossard, while the newer section is to the east, near the Laflèche neighbourhood. Most of the Greenfield Park's businesses are located along Taschereau Boulevard, the south shore's most important commercial artery. The Charles LeMoyne Hospital, located on the Taschereau Boulevard, is the largest on the south shore.

History[edit]

Seigneury of Longueuil

Before becoming a town, the area known as Greenfield Park was land belonging to the Seigneury of Longueuil. It had been an agricultural area up until the end of the 19th century. Greenfield Park benefited from its proximity to neighbouring St. Lambert's rail line connected to the newly constructed Victoria Bridge, which was the only major rail link between Montreal and the South Shore. At the time, the bridge was the longest railway bridge in the world. Development had begun to spread into Greenfield Park, which merited the establishment of a town to provide services for the population.[7]

Town

Greenfield Park was named after the area's primary geographical features, which were in fact 'green fields' and forests. The town was established on March 24, 1911. The original Charter of Greenfield Park gave reasoning for the town's creation:

Whereas the rate-payers of the territory comprised in cadastral lots Nos . 225 to 244 of the parish of Longueuil have by a large majority in number and value represented that, in consequence of the rapid increase of population within the said territory being a suburb of the city of Montreal and in consequence of the necessity for local improvements similar to those of other suburbs of Montreal, it is necessary that the said territory be created into a separate municipality and they have prayed, that the general principles of the Cities and Towns' Act be applied to the said municipality and also that they be granted several powers similar to those of other suburbs of Montreal which are not contained in said act . . .[8]

With the creation of the town came to need to put infrastructure and services in place. The only way for citizens to reach nearby Montreal was by rail, through the Grand Trunk Railway or the Montreal and Southern Counties Railway. In 1913, Greenfield Park, along with neighbouring municipalities St. Lambert, Montreal South and Longueuil, built a shared sewer system and water filtration plant. The town also used artesian wells as a source for drinking water.[8]

World War I and II

During World War I, such a high percentage of Greenfield Parkers served in the Canadian forces that regular town meetings could not be held.

Similarly, in World War II, Greenfield Park was the Canadian community that had one of the highest participation rate of military volunteers for it size . This fact was recognized by both Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and the Minister of National Defence, J.L. Ralston.[8][9]

Following the war, returning veterans were able to purchase homes with financial assistance through a purchasing program put into place by the town.

Late Twentieth Century

In the early 1960s, Greenfield Park acquired 40% more land by annexing part of Saint-Hubert. This land was located on the opposite side of Taschereau, and A large amount of veterans housing was built on these lands, particularly along Bellevue Street North. During the early 60s, over 60% of the town's population traced their ancestry to the United Kingdom, roughly half of that number live in the town today.[8][10]

Merger with Longueuil

Greenfield Park was a town until January 1, 2002, when it along with several other suburbs on Montreal's South Shore were merged into the amalgamated city of Longueuil. (On January 1, 2006, Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert were "demerged", or reconstituted.) Following these demergers, Greenfield Park became one of only three remaining boroughs of Longueuil, along with Saint-Hubert and Le Vieux-Longueuil.

Government[edit]

Canada Day is celebrated annually at Pierre Laporte Park.

Municipal[edit]

Greenfield Park is represented by one city councillor in Longueuil City Council and two borough councillors. The borough president is Robert Myles of Option Greenfield Park. As of the November 3, 2013 Longueuil municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

Greenfield Park Borough Council
Title Party Councilor
City Councillor   Option Greenfield Park Robert Myles
Borough Councillor 1   Option Greenfield Park Wade Wilson
Borough Councillor 2   Action Longueuil Sylvain Joly
Coat of Arms

Greenfield Park's coat of arms is golden, with a sable reversed chevron. The chevron supports a sinople coloured tree. Below the chevron are two red roses. Above the shield is a crown, shaped like a wall with five turrets. The shield is surrounded by branches of maple. Below the shield the branches meet, tied with a red and black ribbon. The Greenfield Park motto, "Fortis Fortunam Superat," or "Fortune Favors the Brave," is attributed to Villar.

Former Mayors of Greenfield Park[11]
Mayor Term Began Term Ended
William Murray 1911 1913
Robert Smith Chalmers 1915 1918
Robert J. Walker 1918 1922
Colin Duncan Campbell 1922 1926
Robert J. Walker 1927 1928
Herbert William Clark 1928 1930
Ernest A. Nightingale 1930 1932
Stanley Isaac Coote 1932 1940
E. F. Backhoven 1940 1942
Alfred George Cobb 1942 1946
Aban Perras 1946 1948
Joseph. C. Plante 1948 1953
Lawrence J. Galletti 1953 1967
Maurice J. King 1967 1978
Marc Duclos jr 1994 2001
Stephen Olynyk 1978 1994
Part of Longueuil 2002 present

Federal and provincial[edit]

Greenfield Park is in the federal riding of Saint-Lambert and its Member of Parliament is Sadia Groguhé (New Democratic Party). It also belongs to the provincial riding of Laporte and its Member of the National Assembly is Nicole Ménard (Liberal Party of Quebec).

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1921 1,112 —    
1931 1,610 +44.8%
1941 1,819 +13.0%
1951 3,379 +85.8%
1961 7,807 +131.0%
1971 15,348 +96.6%
1981 18,527 +20.7%
1991 17,652 −4.7%
1996 17,337 −1.8%
2001 16,978 −2.1%
2006 17,084 +0.6%
2011 16,969 −0.7%
[11]
Home language[12]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 8,005 47.13%
English 6,765 39.83%
Both English and French 385 2.27%
Other languages 1,825 10.74%
Mother tongue language[4][5]
Language 1996 2001 2006 2011
French 8,130 8,275 7,940 8,255
English 6,370 5,975 5,740 4,815
English and French 335 315 295 300
Non-official languages 2,265 2,300 3,015 2,995
Population 17,335 16,978 17,084 16,505

Education[edit]

Primary

Secondary

Adult Education

  • CEA des 16–18 ans

Attractions[edit]

There are nine parks in Greenfield Park: Fairfield Park, Iellamo Park, Jubilee Park, Pierre-Laporte Park, Regent Park, René-Veillet Park, Saint-Judes Park, Stephen-Olynyk Park and Watson Park. Pierre Laporte Park hosts junior football and baseball teams. Cynthia Coull Arena hosts the local minor hockey association.

There are seven churches in Greenfield Park. There are two Roman Catholic churches, Saint Mary Church serves anglophones and Église Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys serves francophones. There are four Protestantism churches, St. Paul's Anglican Church (Anglican), Greenfield Park United Church (United Church of Canada), Greenfield Park Baptist Church (Baptist), South Shore Community Church (Pentecostal) and Latter Day Saint (Mormon).

Shopping centres are located on Taschereau Boulevard and include 5000 Taschereau (formerly Mail Carnaval), Place Greenfield Park and Les Galeries Taschereau.

Transport[edit]

Réseau de transport de Longueuil[edit]

Bus service in Greenfield Park is provided by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil.

Réseau de transport de Longueuil
No. Route description Service Times Map & Schedule
1 Victoria — Churchill — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
3 Montgomery — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
4 Taschereau — Payer — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
6 Terminus Panama — Victoria — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
13 Terminus Panama — Riverside — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
15 (Terminus Centre-Ville) - Terminus Panama — Churchill — Terminus Longueuil Regular from Terminus Panama
Rush hour only from Terminus Centre-Ville
Schedule
21 Grande-Allée — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
(34) Centenaire — Sector A — Terminus Centre-ville Rush hour only Schedule
54 Terminus Panama — Taschereau — Terminus Longueuil Regular Schedule
(59) Gareau — Terminus Centre-ville Rush hour only Schedule
77 Matte — Taschereau — CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit Regular Schedule
(106) Victoria — Sector B — Terminus Longueuil Rush hour only Schedule
(115) Churchill — Terminus Panama — Terminus Centre-ville Rush hour only Schedule
[177] Taschereau — Sainte-Foy — Terminus Panama Regular Schedule

Important roadways[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Elisha Cuthbert is an actress best known for her role on 24 (TV series).

Geographic location[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Greenfield Park
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: SAINT-LAMBERT (Quebec)
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Officer of Québec - 40th General Election Riding Results: LAPORTE
  4. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Greenfield Park, Quebec
  5. ^ a b c "Census Profile: Census Tract: 4620861.00". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
    "Census Profile: Census Tract: 4620860.02". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
    "Census Profile: Census Tract: 4620860.01". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
  7. ^ Greenfield Park Historical Society
  8. ^ a b c d History of Greenfield Park
  9. ^ "The Birth Of Branch 94". Greenfield Park Branch 94. Royal Canadian Legion. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Ethno-Cultural Portrait of Canada.
  11. ^ a b Pratt, Michel (2001). "Atlas historique: Le XXe siècle: De la balkanisation des villes à leur fusion" (in French). Société historique et culturelle du Marigot. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  12. ^ Canada 2006 Census.

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