King George, Saskatoon

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King George
Saskatoon Neighborhood
Municipal water treatment plant
Municipal water treatment plant
King George location map
King George location map
Coordinates: 52°7′9″N 106°41′12″W / 52.11917°N 106.68667°W / 52.11917; -106.68667Coordinates: 52°7′9″N 106°41′12″W / 52.11917°N 106.68667°W / 52.11917; -106.68667
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Core Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhood King George
Surveyed 1907
Construction 1907-1960
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 2)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Pat Lorje
Area
 • Total 0.83 km2 (0.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,902
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
 • Average Income $36,345
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Website King George Community Association

King George is an older inner city neighbourhood located near the centre of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It consists mostly of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2011, the area is home to 1,902 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a lower-income area with an average family income of $47,581, an average dwelling value of $146,941 and a home ownership rate of 69.1%.[1] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $198,822.[2]

History[edit]

A buffalo kill site was found in the King George area, documenting its history back 6000 years.[3] In modern times, the neighborhood was surveyed in 1907 and originally named Riverview. After the arrival of the Barr Colonists in 1903, the land now referred to as Victoria Park (named after Queen Victoria) was sold to settler and entrepreneur, Frank Butler. Shortly thereafter, the land was subdivided and housing constructed despite an earlier plan that identified the riverbank be reserved for public use. When the City of Saskatoon acquired the land for recreational park purposes, all of the Butler subdivision (with the exception of the gardener's residence) was removed.

In 1911, the Public School Board decided to relocate Prince of Wales School to the present site of King George School at 721 Avenue K South. In 1912 the name of the school was changed to honour King George V. Around 1929 the neighborhood was renamed to incorporate the name of the new public school, and the boundary was redrawn to include the west portion of Spadina Crescent, along Victoria Park.[4] The new boundaries also enclosed an area called Andrews Addition, identified on a 1913 map of registered subdivisions.[5]

Saskatoon's Municipal Swimming Pool (now Riversdale Pool) on Avenue H in Victoria Park opened on July 15, 1925, replacing the "swimming hole" cordoned off at the river's edge. Filtration and chlorination systems were primitive, and the pool was quickly dubbed the "Avenue Itch" pool. Despite having "its own peculiar smell, which was obvious for blocks", the pool was hugely popular with the people of Saskatoon.[6] During the Great Depression, admission was "five cents if you had it, free if you didn't".[7]

The housing stock in King George was mostly built before 1960, with a slight majority being constructed prior to World War II.[1] In 1980, the Saskatoon Public School Board designated King George as an Interagency Community School, being one of the first in the province to receive that designation.[4]

King George has struggled in its recent history, with a portion of the population living below the poverty line. The social ills that accompany poverty - substance abuse, violent crime and dilapidated housing - have often cast the area in a negative light.[8] The municipal government and community groups are working to improve the neighbourhood and the lives of its residents.[9]

Government and politics[edit]

King George exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. It is currently represented by Carol Skelton of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 and 2006.

Provincially, the area overlaps two constituencies. The west part is within the constituency of Saskatoon Riversdale. It is currently represented by Danielle Chartier of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, King George lies within ward 2. It is currently represented by Councillor Pat Lorje. She first elected in 1979, and was re-elected in 1982, 1985, and 1988. Lorje then moved into provincial politics; she ran for the NDP and was elected in 1991, and re-elected in 1995 and 1999. She left politics in 2003 and moved to San Francisco with her husband. She returned to Saskatoon after a couple of years, and was again elected as Ward 2 councillor in 2006.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

King George School
King George School.jpg
Address
721 Avenue K South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7M 2E7,
Information
School type Elementary Public
Opened 1912[10]
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Principal Kathy Pryor-Hildebrandt
Vice principal Jim Klenz (acting)
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Age range 5 to 12
Language English
Website
  • King George School - public elementary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division.[11] This school was built in 1912 from a design by David Webster, and constructed with Estevan brick with stone trim. The Masonic symbols on the façade are typical of Webster's designs. Plans called for a domestic science room on the upper floor, quarters for the caretaker, and a dining room. The final cost of construction was $156,210.[12]

Other[edit]

  • Royal Canadian Legion Chapter 63 - This branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was originally located in downtown Saskatoon. It relocated to the Pensioners and Pioneers Pavilion on Spadina Crescent West in 2007, when the Legion Hall on 19th Street was sold and demolished as part of the River Landing development.
  • Water Treatment Plant - Originally built in 1906 as a power plant, a filter plant for water services was added in 1911. Two unique features of the Plant include a geodesic dome built in 1988 to cover one of the clarifiers used in the water treatment process, and the reuse of the old Bay walkway that spanned 2nd Avenue between the former Bay building and its adjacent parking lot.[13]

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • St. Andrews Park (2.3 acres)
  • Victoria Park (38.8 acres) - named for Queen Victoria, this public park houses many facilities.[14] While most of the park is in King George, a small portion of the park lies within the Riversdale neighbourhood. The facilities in the park include:
  • Riverside Lawn Bowling Club - Lawn bowling club that operates from April to October.[15]
  • Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club - Members-only tennis club with both indoor and outdoor courts.[16]
  • Lions Skatepark - Skateboard park opened in 2003 with 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of space.[17]
  • Riversdale Pool - Features a 180 ft (55 m) waterslide, zero depth water for toddlers, diving boards, playground, volleyball court, basketball, lawn area with electric barbecue and concession.[18]
  • Boat house and launch - Owned by the city, its tenants are the Saskatoon Rowing Club, Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club, Saskatoon Canoe Club, and Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club.

The King George Community and School Association was created to promote a positive image of the neighbourhood and assist in the development of the cultural, educational, recreational, and social well-being of residents.

Commercial[edit]

Only a few businesses are located in King George, on Avenue P and Avenue H. 33 home-based businesses are based in the neighbourhood.[1]

Transportation[edit]

King George is served by Saskatoon Transit bus route #3.

Location[edit]

King George is located within the Core Neighbourhoods Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by 11th Street to the south, Avenue P to the west and the South Saskatchewan River to the east. The northern boundary starts at South Saskatchewan River and follows west down 17th Street; it then runs down the easement between Avenues M and N until 16th Street; finally, it follows 16th Street to Avenue P. Roads are laid out in a grid fashion; streets run east-west, avenues run north-south. A key three-way intersection at 11th Street, Avenue H and Spadina Crescent has been closed for several years to allow for expansion of a water treatment plant, forcing motorists transitioning between Avenue H and 11th Street to cut-through King George.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "King George" (PDF). Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ "King George". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Plains Indian City". Virtual Saskatchewan. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b O'Brien, Jeff. "King George History". Riversdale Business Improvement District. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 48. ISBN 1-55050-336-7. 
  7. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 62. ISBN 1-55050-336-7. 
  8. ^ "Exploring the Link between Crime and Socio-Economic Status in Ottawa and Saskatoon: A Small-Area Geographical Analysis". Government of Canada - Department of Justice. 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  9. ^ "About Quint". Quint Development Corporation. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  10. ^ Saskatoon Public Schools. "King George Public Community School". Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "King George School". Saskatoon Public School Division. Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  12. ^ "Exploring the Wonder City - Driving Tour". Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division. 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  13. ^ "Water Treatment Plant". City of Saskatoon _ Utility Services. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  14. ^ "Exploring the Wonder City - Driving Tour". Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division. 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  15. ^ "Older Adults - Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Guide" (PDF). Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  16. ^ "Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club". Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  17. ^ "Lions Skateboard Programs". City of Saskatoon - Leisure Services. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  18. ^ "Riversdale Pool". Tourism Saskatoon. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 

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