Grosvenor Park, Saskatoon

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Grosvenor Park
City of Saskatoon neighborhood
Grosvenor Park United Church
Grosvenor Park United Church
Grosvenor Park location map
Grosvenor Park location map
Coordinates: 52°7′5″N 106°37′50″W / 52.11806°N 106.63056°W / 52.11806; -106.63056Coordinates: 52°7′5″N 106°37′50″W / 52.11806°N 106.63056°W / 52.11806; -106.63056
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Nutana
Neighbourhood Grosvenor Park
Annexed 1910-1919
Construction 1946-1970
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 6)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Charlie Clark
Area
 • Total 0.65 km2 (0.25 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,697
 • Average Income $91,870
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website Varsity View Community Association

Grosvenor Park is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in east-central Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a suburban subdivision, composed of a near-even mix of low-density, single detached dwellings and apartment-style units. As of 2006, the area is home to 1,645 residents. The neighbourhood is considered an upper-income area, with an average family income of $67,544, an average dwelling value of $329,988 and a home ownership rate of 44.8%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $493,174.[2]

History[edit]

Saskatoon Islamic Centre (formerly Grosvenor Park School)

The land for the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood was annexed by the city between 1910 and 1919.[3] According to a 1913 map of registered subdivisions, the neighbourhood was originally split in two sections called University View and Alexandra Park.[4] By the 1950s, the design of residential neighbourhoods departed from the previous grid system of roadways. A more modern system of curving residential streets, feeding into collector roads that connected to arterial roads was implemented, and the size of the development was based upon the drawing area of an elementary school. The philosophy was to create smaller, more aesthetically pleasing neighbourhoods with fewer intersections and more controlled traffic flow. Grosvenor Park was the first such neighbourhood designed with this idea in mind.[5] The majority of home construction took place between 1946 and 1970, and was generally completed by 1980.[1]

The street names honour prominent early settlers of Nutana:

  • Bate Crescent - W.P. Bate, first Secretary Treasurer of the Saskatoon Public School Board.[6][7]
  • Copland Crescent, Court - Copland, Thomas (1842-1906), city councillor (1903-1904).[8][9]
  • Garrison Crescent - George Wesley Garrison, pioneer. He built a two-storey fieldstone house on the northwest corner of Broadway Avenue and 10th Street. In 1918 it was dismantled down to the stone foundation and rebuilt with concrete and brick veneer.[10]
  • Isbister Street - Malcolm Scarth Halsetter Isbister, mayor of Saskatoon (1905) and president of the Board of Trade.[11]
  • Lake Crescent - John Lake, first commissioner of the Temperance Colonization Society and recognized founder of Saskatoon.[12][13]
  • Latham Place - Peter Latham (1835-1912), 2nd president of the Temperance Colony Pioneers' Society (1882)[14]
  • Leslie Avenue - James Leslie, moved to Saskatoon with the Temperance Colony. He opened a general store (1896) and flour milling/grain company (1906) with future mayor James R. Wilson. In 1903 he was president of the newly formed Board of Trade.[15][16]

Grosvenor Park School opened in 1958 and was named after the subdivision as it was the first school in the area.[17] Due to declining enrolment, the school was closed and in 1993, the building was purchased by the Muslim Community of Saskatoon. Today it is the Saskatoon Islamic Centre.[18]

Government and politics[edit]

Grosvenor Park exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon-Humboldt. It is currently represented by Brad Trost of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006.

Provincially, Grosvenor Park lies within the constituency of Saskatoon Greystone. It is currently represented by Rob Norris of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2007.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Grosvenor Park lies within ward 6. It is currently represented by councillor Charlie Clark, first elected in 2006 and re-elected by acclamation in 2009.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

A former public elementary school, Grosvenor Park School, is now the Saskatoon Islamic Centre; they offer Quranic, Arabic and other Islamic studies on weekends during five months of the year. Public elementary school students who reside in the neighborhood attend Brunskill School in neighboring Varsity View. In 2008, the Saskatoon Public School Division made the private Saskatoon Misbah School an associate school, which operates out of the Islamic Centre.[19]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Grosvenor Park
  • Albert Olton Park - 0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
  • Latham Park - 1.0 acre (0.40 ha)
  • Rod V. Real Park - 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
  • Grosvenor Park - 6.8 acres (2.8 ha)

The Varsity View Community Association organizes events, delivers recreational and leisure programs, coordinates sports programs for children/youth and maintains the outdoor rink at Brunskill School. Its jurisdiction includes the neighbourhood of Grosvenor Park.[20]

Commercial[edit]

Commercial development is limited to the southern edge of the neighbourhood, where businesses lie within the 8th Street business district. Grosvenor Park Centre, a large strip mall complex with about 30 businesses, is located on the corner of 8th Street and Preston Avenue.[21] It is Saskatoon's second-oldest shopping centre; the Churchill Shopping Centre in the Adelaide/Churchill neighbourhood is the oldest.[22] Another large strip mall complex is Cumberland Square, on the corner of 8th Street and Cumberland Avenue. In addition, there are 19 home-based businesses in the neighbourhood.[1]

Location[edit]

Grosvenor Park is located within the Nutana Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by 14th Street to the north, 8th Street to the south, Cumberland Avenue to the west, and Preston Avenue to the east. Roads are laid out in a mix of crescents and avenues. Main Street is a minor arterial street in the south part of the neighbourhood, separating the single detached housing area to the north from the apartment buildings to the south.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Grosvenor Park neighbourhood profile - 2007" (PDF). City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Grosvenor Park". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ Community Services Department (Spring 2006). City Planning Branch, ed. Populace 8 (1). City of Saskatoon. p. 5. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 31. ISBN 1-55050-336-7. 
  5. ^ "A View From Above - Key to Landmarks". City of Saskatoon - Archives. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  6. ^ "History of Nutana". Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  7. ^ Bate, W.P. (June 8, 1927). "Saskatoon Gen Web Project - Narratives of Saskatoon 1882-1912". The Educational History of Saskatoon. University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Copland, Thomas, Mary & Jessie" (PDF). City of Saskatoon - Parks Branch. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  9. ^ Brown, Archie (June 8, 1927). "Pioneer Settlers in and Around Saskatoon". Saskatoon Gen Web Project - Narratives of Saskatoon 1882-1912. University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  10. ^ DeCoursey, Elaine; Peggy Sarjeant (1994). "Site of the Garrison House - OnBroadway.ca". Saskatoon Heritage Society. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  11. ^ "City of Saskatoon Archives - City Clerk's Office - City of Saskatoon Archives - Historical Resources". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  12. ^ "City History". City of Saskatoon - City Clerk's Office. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  13. ^ Lake, John (June 8, 1927). "The Temperance Colonization Society and the Foundation of Saskatoon". Saskatoon Gen Web Project - Narratives of Saskatoon 1882-1912. University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Pioneer Settlers in and Around Saskatoon". Saskatoon Gen Web Project - Narratives of Saskatoon 1882-1912. University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. June 8, 1927. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  15. ^ Pederson, Jen (2009). Jeff O'Brien, ed. "A Seat on Council" (PDF). City of Saskatoon Archives. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  16. ^ "History of Saskatoon". Saskatoon Gen Web Project - Narratives of Saskatoon 1882-1912. City of Saskatoon Archives. June 8, 1927. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  17. ^ Blashill, Lorraine (1982). Lorraine Blashill, ed. From a Little Stone School... A Story of Saskatoon Public Schools. Modern Press Ltd. p. 141. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) - Community". Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  19. ^ Bernhardt, Darren (June 19, 2008). "Public trustees vote to give Islamic school associate status". The StarPhoenix (CanWest). Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Varsity View Community Association". City of Saskatoon - Community Services. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  21. ^ "Grosvenor Park Centre". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  22. ^ "Business Profile - Fall 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

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