Willowgrove, Saskatoon

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Willowgrove
City of Saskatoon neighborhood
Willowgrove entrance sign
Willowgrove entrance sign
Willowgrove location map
Willowgrove location map
Coordinates: 52°8′56″N 106°33′19″W / 52.14889°N 106.55528°W / 52.14889; -106.55528Coordinates: 52°8′56″N 106°33′19″W / 52.14889°N 106.55528°W / 52.14889; -106.55528
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area University Heights
Neighbourhood Willowgrove
Annexed 1975-1984
Construction 2004-present
Government
 • Type Municipal (Ward 10)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Zach Jeffries
Area
 • Total 2.114 km2 (0.816 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,973
 • Average Income $96,002
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website wuhca.ca

Willowgrove is a primarily residential neighbourhood located in northeast Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It comprises a mix of mainly single-family detached houses and fewer multiple-unit dwellings. As of 2011, the area is home to 3,973 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle to high-income area, with an average family income of $96,002, an average dwelling value of $218,357 and a home ownership rate of 84.8%.[1][2] According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $456,157.[3]

History[edit]

The land for Willowgrove was annexed between 1975 and 1984.[2] Residential construction did not start until 2004.[4] The housing stock is mostly composed of single-family detached houses, as well as some multiple-unit condominiums.[1]

Willowgrove was planned as a neighbourhood that centered around a village square. It incorporates features from older neighbourhoods (e.g. Nutana) such as narrow, long lots and back lanes. A system of linear parks connects the various parts of the neighbourhood with green spaces, and provides pedestrian linkages. The village square, still under construction at present, will feature limited commercial development as well as higher density residential housing.[5] The urban design of Willowgrove reflect some of the concepts of New Urbanism and the urban village.

Government and politics[edit]

Willowgrove 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 and 2011.

Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Silver Springs. It is currently represented by Ken Cheveldayoff of the Saskatchewan Party, first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Willowgrove lies within ward 10. It is currently represented by Zach Jeffries, first elected in 2012.

Institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

At present, no schools exist in Willowgrove. Both the public and separate school boards made plans to build schools in Willowgrove in 2007.[6] Land was allocated for the construction of schools and a multi-use community centre at the corner of Willowgrove Boulevard and Stensrud Road.[7] On March 18, 2010, the provincial government announced funding for the construction of a joint public/separate school building.[8] Construction began in April 2013, with the schools intended to be ready for occupancy by September 2014.[9] However, construction delays have moved the schools' openings to late 2014 or early 2015.[10]

Parks and recreation[edit]

William Sarjeant Park
  • Wallace Park 11.6 acres (4.7 ha)
  • Kusch Park 2.7 acres (1.1 ha)
  • Foster Park 2.3 acres (0.93 ha)
  • John Duerkop Park 1.7 acres (0.69 ha)
  • Varley Park 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
  • William Sarjeant Park 0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
  • Rouillard Park 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
  • Willowgrove Square 0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
  • Genereux Park 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
  • Kershaw Park 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)

The Willowgrove/University Heights community association works to provide activities to promote quality of life and a sense of community for all residents.[11]

Commercial[edit]

Willowgrove has limited commercial development (under construction) around its "village square". The area's main commercial needs are met by businesses in the neighbouring University Heights Suburban Centre.

Location[edit]

Willowgrove is located within the University Heights Suburban Development Area and is located at the eastern edge of the city limits. It is bounded by McOrmond Drive to the west, Highway 5 to the south, an arbitrary boundary to the north and Holmwood SDA, Saskatoon (annexed from R.M. of Corman Park) to the east. Roads are laid out in a modern system of local roads and collector roads connecting to the primary arterial road (McOrmond Drive). To the north and east, farmland maintained by the University of Saskatchewan provides greenbelt separation from other current and future neighbourhoods in the region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Willowgrove" (PDF). Neighbourhood Profiles. City of Saskatoon. 2012. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b Populace Spring 2006 8 (1), City of Saskatoon - City Planning Branch, Spring 2006, p. 5 
  3. ^ "Willowgrove". Saskatoon Realty. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Willowgrove Schools Community Facility". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  5. ^ "Willowgrove". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  6. ^ Martin, Michelle (June 26, 2007). "Willowgrove school gets priority" (PDF). The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Willowgrove Neighbourhood Map" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  8. ^ French, Janet (March 19, 2010). "Gov't unveils funds for new schools". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  9. ^ Warren, Jeremy (2013-04-18). "Saskatoon construction season will not be affected by weather". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  10. ^ French, Janet (2014-05-16). "Opening of Willowgrove and Holy Family schools delayed". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Willowgrove/University Heights Community Association". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 

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