Spruce Grove

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Spruce Grove
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City of Spruce Grove
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Spruce Grove is located in Alberta
Spruce Grove
Spruce Grove
Location of Spruce Grove in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 113°54′03″W / 53.54500°N 113.90083°W / 53.54500; -113.90083Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 113°54′03″W / 53.54500°N 113.90083°W / 53.54500; -113.90083
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Incorporated [1]
 - Village 

January 1, 1955
 - Town January 1, 1971
 - City March 1, 1986
Government[2]
 • Mayor Stuart Houston
 • Governing body
 • CAO Robert Cotterill
 • MP Rona Ambrose
 • MLA Doug Horner
Area (2011)[3]
 • City 32.37 km2 (12.50 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 709 m (2,326 ft)
Population (2011)[3][6]
 • City 26,171
 • Density 808.6/km2 (2,094/sq mi)
 • Urban 27,947
 • Municipal census (2014) 29,526[5]
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T7X
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 16A
Yellowhead Highway
Website Official website

Spruce Grove is a city in the vicinity of Edmonton, Alberta. Like neighbouring Stony Plain it is surrounded by Parkland County.

With a population of 26,171,[3] Spruce Grove is the 9th largest city in Alberta. The Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre is the local theatre, and its TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre is a popular recreation facility. As it is 11 km west of Edmonton, many citizens travel there to shop. However, there are a great number of businesses on the west end that citizens commonly utilize.

The current mayor is Stuart Houston.

Jennifer Heil, the freestyle skier who won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin, Italy and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics is from Spruce Grove, as is Carla MacLeod, a member of the 2010 Canada national women's hockey team.

History[edit]

Homesteaders in the area date back to 1879.[7] Spruce Grove originally incorporated as a village on March 14, 1907, but it subsequently dissolved on August 30, 1916.[1]
Spruce Grove then re-incorporated as a village on January 1, 1955 and subsequently incorporated as a town on January 1, 1971, and as a city on March 1, 1986.[1]

Geography[edit]

Spruce Grove is located near the province's geographical centre, at 30 kilometres (19 mi) from downtown Edmonton and 14 km (8.7 mi) from Edmonton's city limits.[8] It is part of the Edmonton Capital Region.

Demographics[edit]

The City of Spruce Grove's 2014 municipal census counted a population of 29,526,[5] a 19.8% change from its 2010 municipal census population of 24,646.[23]

In the 2011 Census, the City of Spruce Grove had a population of 26,171 living in 9,619 of its 10,105 total dwellings, a 33.9% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 19,541. With a land area of 32.37 km2 (12.50 sq mi), it had a population density of 808.5/km2 (2,094.0/sq mi) in 2011.[3]


Arts and culture[edit]

The Spruce Grove Art Gallery is located in the Melcor Cultural Centre and is operated by the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove. The gallery hosts ongoing shows for original art created by its members, made up of artists from mainly the Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County area.[24]

Horizon Stage hosts many plays and acts throughout the year, as well as a lot of community theatre. Spruce Grove also has a 7 screen theatre complex which opened in the fall of 2007.[25]

Another cultural facility within the city is the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum.

Attractions[edit]

The TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, opened in 2002, provides a pool, soccer fields, a gymnasium, workout gym, and ice rinks to the people of Parkland County. Spruce Grove has bike trails winding throughout the city, called the Heritage Grove Trail, where bike riders can ride for hours through lush forest. On June 7, 2008, Spruce Grove held the grand opening of the West District Park, which features two full artificial surface fields for football, soccer and other activities. The Edmonton Eskimos donated $10,000 towards the event and held practice at the facility as part of the first day activities.

Sports[edit]

Spruce Grove has an abundant number of youths and adults involved in Amateur Sports, that run year round. Box Lacrosse runs from March to July under the organization Parkland Posse [1], which pulls young people from the Tri communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County. Hockey runs from September to April, soccer and rugby run from May to October, football runs from July to December and baseball runs from March to October. The Spruce Grove Saints are a Junior A hockey team that play in the AJHL.


Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Highways

Two highways pass through Spruce Grove, Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and Highway 16A. Highway 16 has no traffic lights but has two exits into Spruce Grove, while Highway 16A has several traffic intersections. Travelling east of either of these highways will lead to Edmonton. Travelling west on Highway 16A will lead to Stony Plain, and going west on either highway will lead to Edson, Hinton, and eventually Jasper.[8]

Local streets

The majority of the streets in Spruce Grove use a standard naming system. Their names share a first letter with that of its subdivision. For example, all streets start with M in Millgrove subdivision; in Woodhaven, they all start with W. Only in the original subdivision of Broxton Park and the downtown core is this naming convention not utilized.

Rail

The Canadian passenger train travels through the city three times a week, in each direction, between Vancouver and Toronto. However, the nearest stop is at Edmonton.

Transit

Edmonton Transit System offers a commuter transit route from Spruce Grove to Edmonton, peak hours only.

Air

Local air travel is provided by Parkland Airport and Villeneuve Airport.

Education[edit]

Public schools

Spruce Grove is part of the Parkland School Division No. 70. The following public schools are located in Spruce Grove.[26]

  • Brookwood School (K-4)
  • École Broxton Park School (K-9)
  • Greystone Centennial Middle School (5-9)
  • Millgrove School (K-4)
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School (10-12)
  • Woodhaven Middle School (5-9)
Separate schools
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Marguerite Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Junior High School
Private schools
  • Living Waters Christian Academy

Media[edit]

Spruce Grove receives almost all of its print, radio, and television media from Edmonton.

However, Spruce Grove has its own weekly newspaper, the Spruce Grove Examiner, delivered to all homes every Friday. This newspaper holds almost exclusively local news.[27]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Alberta Municipal Affairs (September 17, 2010). "Municipal Profile – City of Spruce Grove". Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 31, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "2014 Municipal Census - Preliminary Results". City of Spruce Grove. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  7. ^ Lunan, Esther (1979). As the roots grow : the history of Spruce Grove and district. Inter-Collegiate Press. p. 16. 
  8. ^ a b The City of Spruce Grove. Location
  9. ^ "Table 4: Population in incorporated cities, towns and villages, 1901-1936". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1936. Volume I: Population and Agriculture. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1938. p. 833-836. 
  10. ^ "Table 12: Population of Canada by provinces, counties or census divisions and subdivisions, 1871-1931". Census of Canada, 1931. Ottawa: Government of Canada. 1932. p. 98-102. 
  11. ^ Ninth Census of Canada, 1951. SP-7, Population: Unincorporated villages and hamlets. Dominion Bureau of Statistics. p. 55-57. 
  12. ^ "Table 6: Population by sex, for census subdivisions, 1956 and 1951". Census of Canada, 1956. Population, Counties and Subdivisions. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1957. p. 6.50-6.53. 
  13. ^ "Table 6: Population by census subdivisions, 1901–1961". 1961 Census of Canada. Series 1.1: Historical, 1901–1961. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1963. p. 6.77-6.83. 
  14. ^ "Population by specified age groups and sex, for census subdivisions, 1966". Census of Canada, 1966. Population, Specified Age Groups and Sex for Counties and Census Subdivisions, 1966. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1968. p. 6.50-6.53. 
  15. ^ "Table 2: Population of Census Subdivisions, 1921–1971". 1971 Census of Canada. Volume I: Population, Census Subdivisions (Historical). Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1973. p. 2.102-2.111. 
  16. ^ "Table 3: Population for census divisions and subdivisions, 1971 and 1976". 1976 Census of Canada. Census Divisions and Subdivisions, Western Provinces and the Territories. Volume I: Population, Geographic Distributions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1977. p. 3.40-3.43. 
  17. ^ "Table 4: Population and Total Occupied Dwellings, for Census Divisions and Subdivisions, 1976 and 1981". 1981 Census of Canada. Volume II: Provincial series, Population, Geographic distributions (Alberta). Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1982. p. 4.1-4.10. ISBN 0-660-51095-2. 
  18. ^ "Table 2: Census Divisions and Subdivisions – Population and Occupied Private Dwellings, 1981 and 1986". Census Canada 1986. Population and Dwelling Counts – Provinces and Territories (Alberta). Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1987. p. 2.1-2.10. ISBN 0-660-53463-0. 
  19. ^ "Table 2: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 1986 and 1991 – 100% Data". 91 Census. Population and Dwelling Counts – Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1992. p. 100-108. ISBN 0-660-57115-3. 
  20. ^ "Table 10: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions (Municipalities) and Designated Places, 1991 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data". 96 Census. A National Overview – Population and Dwelling Counts. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1997. p. 136-146. ISBN 0-660-59283-5. 
  21. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  22. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  23. ^ "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 5, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7785-9738-4. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove
  25. ^ New Magic Lantern Parkland Cinema 7 to open this week
  26. ^ "Parkland School Division No. 70". Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  27. ^ Spruce Grove Examiner

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