Albert Park, Alberta

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Albert Park
Albert Park, Alberta is located in Alberta
Albert Park, Alberta
Location of Albert Park in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°02′28″N 113°59′49″W / 51.041°N 113.997°W / 51.041; -113.997Coordinates: 51°02′28″N 113°59′49″W / 51.041°N 113.997°W / 51.041; -113.997
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Census divisionNo. 6
MunicipalityCity of Calgary
SubdividedAugust 4, 1908[1]
Incorporated (village)July 4, 1934[2]
AmalgamatedAugust 1, 1935[3]
Government
 • Governing bodyCalgary City Council
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)

Albert Park is a former village in Alberta, Canada that is now within the City of Calgary. Its village status ceased after just over a year upon amalgamating with nearby Forest Lawn to the east.

History[edit]

Named for Albert Smyth who marketed the community along with a business partner, the subdivision plan to establish Albert Park was registered on August 4, 1908.[1] The community was developed on land used for ranching and farming[1] and it initially supported the surrounding agriculture industry.[4] With slow lot sales in 1912 due to poor transportation connectivity, Smyth and the partner began placing railroad ties between Forest Lawn to the east and Calgary to the west, and initiated a rumour of a forthcoming streetcar connection to increase sales.[1] The ploy was unsuccessful as it was exposed as a scam.[1] Horse and buggy transit between Albert Park and Calgary was eventually established in 1921 to facilitate commuting.[1]

After 26 years as unincorporated community under the jurisdiction of the Municipal District (MD) of Shepard No. 220, Albert Park and nearby Forest Lawn each incorporated as a village on July 4, 1934[4][2] when they had estimated populations of 600 and 1,000 respectively.[5] They amalgamated just over a year later on August 1, 1935, through the dissolution of the Village Albert Park and the addition of its former lands within the Village of Forest Lawn.[3] After another 26 years, the Town of Forest Lawn was annexed by the City of Calgary on December 30, 1961, along with parts of the MDs of Rocky View No. 44 and Foothills No. 31.[6] Today, the former village is located within the Calgary neighbourhood of Albert Park/Radisson Heights.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Albert Park/Radisson Heights Supporting Information" (PDF). City of Calgary, Planning & Transportation Policy. 1989. pp. 4–5 (PDF pages 54–55). Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Table 6a: Population by census divisions and subdivisions showing reorganization of rural areas, 1931-1946". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. p. 420.
  3. ^ a b "The Alberta Gazette, 1935 (Volume 31) – Disorganization of the Village of Albert Park, Approved". Government of Alberta. pp. 970–971. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "History". International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Population Data 1934" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. p. 4. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Public Utilities Board Order No. 25860" (PDF) (PDF). Province of Alberta. December 29, 1961. Retrieved October 14, 2013.