Silverwood Heights, Saskatoon

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Silverwood Heights
Neighborhood
Silverwood Heights location map
Silverwood Heights location map
Coordinates: 52°10′48″N 106°37′22″W / 52.18000°N 106.62278°W / 52.18000; -106.62278Coordinates: 52°10′48″N 106°37′22″W / 52.18000°N 106.62278°W / 52.18000; -106.62278
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Lawson
Neighbourhood Silverwood Heights
Settled 1907
Annexed 1975-1979
Construction 1971-1990
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 5)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Randy Donauer
Area
 • Total 3.71 km2 (1.43 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 10,786
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
 • Average Income $93,772
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Website Silverwood Heights Community Association

Silverwood Heights is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in north-central Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a suburban subdivision, composed mostly of single detached dwellings and some multiple-unit apartment and semi-detached dwellings. As of 2009, the area is home to 10,786 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle to high-income area, with an average family income of $93,772, an average dwelling value of $324,547 and a home ownership rate of 78.8%.[1][2] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $399,760.[3] By land area and population, Silverwood Heights is the largest subdivision in Saskatoon.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The land that is now occupied by Silverwood Heights was originally owned by a number of parties. They included an 1891 grant to the Temperance Colonization Society, who established the first permanent settlement in the Saskatoon area (Nutana); a farmer from Great Britain, John Malcolm Mark, who obtained land for a homestead in 1900; and Cleeve W. Taylor, another homesteader.

William Alexander "Billy" Silverwood arrived in Saskatoon from Ontario in about 1907 and bought land two miles (3 km) north of the city limits. A livestock dealer by occupation, he built a large barn on his land (known as the Silver Springs Farm) to house his horses and cattle. By 1911, he opened the Silverwood Springs bottling plant, using spring water found on his farm. Saskatoon did not yet have a safe drinking water supply, and deaths caused by typhoid fever from contaminated well water were common. Until the city completed its own filtration system, Silverwood's bottled water was a popular commodity.[4]

Factoria[edit]

Remains of the Silverwood Barn

The natural spring water of the Silverwood farm attracted the attention of Robert E. Glass, a businessman from Chicago. He bought 470 acres (1.9 km2) of land from Billy Silverwood, took over his bottling plant and intended to establish a brewery. While the brewery was never built, Glass had even bigger plans. An article in the November 9, 1912 Daily Phoenix newspaper not only announced his purchase of the Silver Springs Farm, but also his intentions to establish an industrial city called "Factoria" on the site. It was promoted as having abundant natural resources - water, limestone, sand and clay - to support a variety of manufacturing ventures.[4]

By 1913, several businesses had set up shop in Factoria. They included a flour mill, a farm implement dealer, two brick factories, a hotel and restaurant. A CN Railway spur line had been extended to the site, and there were plans to incorporate as a village and to build a school and post office. However, the business owners were unable to pay for electricity to be supplied to the site, and by 1914 the economic picture turned sour. Outside capital (mainly from Britain) that fueled the prewar boom had evaporated in the lead-up to World War I. Banks responded by putting a freeze on credit, which severely curtailed investment.[5]

Glass's grandiose dream of an industrial city had failed, and most of Factoria's businesses closed within a few years. The once-lucrative bottling plant had closed by 1914; by then, the city had constructed its own filtration system, and runoff from Silverwood's livestock operation had contaminated the spring water. Both the Factoria Hotel and Factoria Restaurant were gone by 1915. The Northern Brick, Tile & Supply Company was struck from the province's register of companies in early 1916.

By April 1918, the sought-after power line was finally completed. The new owners of the Northland Milling Company flour mill, Interprovincial Flour Mills Ltd., paid the $4500 cost to secure the line. Saska Manufacturing Company (later Jackson Machines Ltd.) continued to operate until 1923. The flour mill outlasted all its neighbours; it was purchased by the Robin Hood Milling Company in 1927 and reportedly operated until the World War II years.[4]

Later years[edit]

As the businesses of Factoria failed, the land around them reverted to farmland. The structures were abandoned and either gradually fell into ruins or were demolished. In August 1951, the Silverwood barn was struck by lightning and destroyed in the resulting fire. Remains of its stone foundation are still visible, located at the end of present-day Adilman Drive.[4] The City of Saskatoon gained title to much of the land by 1968, and formally annexed the land for Silverwood Heights between 1975 and 1979.[2] The H. McIvor Weir Wastewater Treatment Plant was constructed in the neighbourhood in 1971.[6] The majority of homes were constructed between 1981 and 1985, with a few hundred more being built in the decade before and after that period.[1] All that remains of the former Factoria structures are a few scattered and eroded foundations.[4]

Government and politics[edit]

Silverwood Heights exists within the federal electoral district of Saskatoon—Wanuskewin. It is currently represented by Maurice Vellacott of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.[7]

Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Northwest. It is currently represented by Gordon Wyant of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2010.[8]

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Silverwood Heights lies within ward 5. It is currently represented by Randy Donauer, first elected in 2010.[9]

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

Brownell School
Address
274 Russell Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 7E1,
Information
Type Elementary
Opened 1985
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Superintendent Donnalee Weinmaster
Area trustee Colleen MacPherson
Principal Nilima Douglas
Vice principal Chandra Gerich
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Education system Public
School colour(s) Navy Blue
Sports Volleyball, Basketball
Mascot Brownell Bear
Website
Silverwood Heights School
Silverwood-Heights-School.jpg
Address
403 Silverwood Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 6G1,
Information
Type Elementary
Opened 1979
School board Saskatoon Public School Division
Principal Janet Sondresen
Vice principal Susan Pattison
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Education system Public
Website
St. Angela School
Address
302 Russell Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 6P2,
Information
Type Elementary
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
School board Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division
Principal W. Spooner
Vice principal B. Kirchgesner
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Education system Separate
Website
École Sister O'Brien School
Sister O'Brien School.jpg
Address
451 Silverwood Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 6G1,
Information
Type Elementary
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
School board Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division
Principal M. Colleaux
Vice principal M. View
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8
Education system Separate
Website
  • Brownell School - public elementary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division
  • Silverwood Heights School - public elementary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division
  • St. Angela School - separate (Catholic) elementary, part of the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division
  • École Sister O'Brien School - separate (Catholic) elementary, part of the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division. Named in honour of Sister Ann O'Brien, a distinguished member of the Sisters of Service.[10]
  • Marion M. Graham Collegiate - public secondary, part of the Saskatoon Public School Division[11]

Public Services[edit]

Fire Station #7 provides service to the north end of Saskatoon including Silverwood Heights and Lawson Heights.[12]

Silverwood Heights is a part of the Northwest division of the Saskatoon Police Services patrol system.[13]

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Silverwood-Adilman Linkage - 1.9 acres (0.77 ha)
  • W.J.L. Harvey Park South - 14.9 acres (6.0 ha)
  • Meewasin Park - 20.5 acres (8.3 ha)
  • W.J.L. Harvey Park North - 41.5 acres (16.8 ha)

The Silverwood Heights Community Association organizes a variety of recreational, social, and educational programs for adults, children/youth, and preschoolers. It is also responsible for looking after area rinks and playgrounds, and is active in helping fund park development.[14]

Commercial[edit]

The only commercial development in Silverwood Heights are a couple of neighbourhood convenience stores. The rest of the land is zoned for residential use.

Industrial[edit]

All of Silverwood's former industrial lands from the Factoria period have been converted to residential use. The only modern industrial facility is the City of Saskatoon's wastewater treatment plant on Whiteswan Drive.

Location[edit]

Silverwood Heights is located within the Lawson Suburban Development Area. It is bounded by the Silverwood Golf Course to the north, Lenore Drive to the south, the South Saskatchewan River to the east, and Wanuskewin Road to the west. Roadways are laid out in a modern system of curving collector roads and local roads.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Silverwood Heights" (PDF). Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Populace Spring 2006" 8 (1). City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch. Spring 2006. p. 5 
  3. ^ "Silverwood Heights". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Historical/Archaeological Review of the Silverwood Factoria Site for the Meewasin Valley Authority" (PDF). Meewasin Valley Authority. December 1998. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  5. ^ Jeff, O'Brien (July 2005). "A History of Saskatoon to 1914" (PDF). City of Saskatoon - Archives. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ McFarlane, Susan (November 2003). "Regional Water Works - Sharing Urban Water Services" (PDF). Canada West Foundation. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Voter Information Service". Elections Canada. Retrieved 2008-08-261.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Wyant wins Saskatoon Northwest byelection". CBC News. October 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Ward 5 - Councillor Randy Donauer". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  10. ^ "École Sister O'Brien School - School History". Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Marion Graham Collegiate". Saskatoon Public School Division. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  12. ^ "Divisions - North". Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services. City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Northwest Division". Saskatoon Police Service. City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Silverwood Heights". Community Associations. City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

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