Hillhurst United Church on Kensington Close
|• Mayor||Naheed Nenshi|
|• Administrative body||Calgary City Council|
|• Councillor||Druh Farrell|
|• Total||0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,053 m (3,455 ft)|
|• Average Income||$50,822|
|Website||Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association|
Hillhurst is a northwest neighbourhood located within the inner city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The boundaries of the community include 8th Avenue N and 16th Avenue N to the north, 10th Street W to the east, the Bow River to the south and both 14th Street W and 18th Street W to the west.
Most of the popular Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) resides within the Hillhurst community, and it borders the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology grounds to the north-east. The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.
Kensington has seen a revival over the past few years with a host of new residential development by local Calgary builders which will add over 20,000 sq.ft. of new street level retail as well as approximately 240 residential condo-style homes to the neighbourhood. Encompassed by the areas of Hillhurst and Sunnyside, Kensington is an active family-friendly area, abundant with amenities.
Established in 1914, Hillhurst is one of Calgary's oldest neighbourhoods. The first homesteads appeared here in the 1880s – the most notable being that of Felix McHugh. In 1883, he established his homestead in Section 21, now known as Hillhurst. The site of his house is now a playground at corner of 9A Street and Memorial Drive. Ezra Riley acquired the land, and sold it to the city in 1904. He also donated a 20 acre parcel, which is now Riley Park, and a stone structure where St. Barnabas Church is now located.
The city set the size of the lots to 25 feet with lots selling for about $300 each in 1907. In the early days, much of Hillhurst was a slough. As more and more people came, the dirt trails and wooden sidewalks gave way to paved roads; cement side walks, and lit roadways. Now, Hillhurst is a community with a population of approximately 5000. The small well-kept houses and tree-lined streets are the result of over 80 years of care and hard work.
Residents in this community had a median household income of $50,822 in 2000, and there were 18.6% low income residents living in the neighbourhood. As of 2000, 15.3% of the residents were immigrants. A proportion of 48.2% of the buildings were condominiums or apartments, and 56.2% of the housing was used for renting.
In 2006, there were five schools in the district:
- Hillhurst Community School - Public
- Queen Elizabeth Elementary School - Public
- Queen Elizabeth Junior and Senior High - Public
- St. John Fine Arts Elementary - Calgary Catholic School District
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, or SAIT Polytechnic - Post Secondary College
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