|Sherwood Park Urban Service Area|
Location in Strathcona County
|Region||Edmonton Metropolitan Region|
|Specialized municipality||Strathcona County|
|• Mayor||Rod Frank|
|• Governing body|
|• Total||70.98 km2 (27.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|• Density||990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2018)||71,332|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation areas|
|Area code(s)||780, 587, 825|
|Highways||Highway 14, Highway 21, Highway 216, Highway 630|
Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton's eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta's seventh largest city, but it retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park was founded as Campbelltown by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community's name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is in the Edmonton metropolitan region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.
The industrial area known as Refinery Row is west of Anthony Henday Drive. At least 49 neighbourhoods are located within the portion of the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area east of Anthony Henday Drive.
- Aspen Trails
- Bison Meadows
- Broadmoor Centre
- Broadmoor Estates
- Broadview Park
- Buckingham Business Park
- Centennial Park
- Centre in the Park
- Charlton Heights
- Chelsea Heights
- Clarkdale Meadows
- Cloverbar Ranch
- Davidson Creek
- Durham Town Centre
- Emerald Hills
- Emerald Hills Centre
- Estates of Sherwood Park
- Forrest Heights
- Glen Allan
- Griffon Industrial Park
- Heritage Hills
- Heritage Pointe
- Jubilee Landing
- Lakeland Ridge
- Lakeland Village
- Meadow Hawk
- Mills Haven
- Regency Park
- Regency Park Estates
- Salisbury Village
- Sherwood Business Park
- Sherwood Heights
- Shivam Park
- Strathcona Centre
- Strathmoor Industrial Park
- Village on the Lake
- Woodbridge Farms
- Wye Commercial
- Wye Crossing
- Wye Gardens
|Sources: Statistics Canada and Alberta Municipal Affairs|
Notes: Sherwood Park was listed under its original name of Campbelltown in the 1956 federal census. Populations from 1986 and 1991 federal censuses are not published by Statistics Canada or Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Sherwood Park has a strong economy with over $12.0 billion worth of major projects completed, announced, or under construction. As a founding member of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, Strathcona County is home to Canada's largest hydrocarbon refining cluster. A district known as Refinery Row lies west of Sherwood Park and includes some of the largest industrial facilities in Western Canada, including Imperial Oil's Strathcona Refinery.
Art and culture
Sherwood Park has a vibrant art community with multiple galleries found within the area. These include:
- Gallery @501 - The Strathcona Country Art Gallery@501 provides access to the visuals arts and works to enhance knowledge and appreciation through art education and art practices for the community of Strathcona County. This gallery, centrally located at the Centre in the Park, changes exhibits on a six-week basis and feature local, provincial, and national artists.
- Loft Gallery - Found within the A.J. Ottewell Art Centre, the artwork displayed is the work of Art Society of Strathcona County members. With artwork changing approximately every eight weeks, these local artists and group shows are presented throughout the year.
- Picture This! - This framing company and art gallery have represented over 250 local, national, and international artists for more than 35 years. They feature monthly ongoing art shows and events and also offer seminars to help with art selection.
- Smeltzer House Centre for Visual Arts - Hosted in the hundred year old Smeltzer House, this heritage site is a hub for cultural programs within Strathcona County. From pottery to glass fusing, there are opportunities available for artistic expression for all ages.
- Spark Centre - This performance and event venue hosts art shows and a variety of events, while also being home to the Glen Ronald Gallery. This local artist has captivated international audiences and hosts his works of art within the gallery.
Sherwood Park has a proud history of culture and maintains those ties through various different outlets:
- Bremner House - This multi-use facility portrays the settlement story of Strathcona County and sheds light on the history of the area through the lives of residents from 1900 to the early 1950s. Annual events hosted at this historical site include the Strathcona County Vintage Tractor Association's annual tractor pull in August and Christmas in the Heartland held the last weekend in November.
- Festival Place - This theatre features over 100 professional performances each year from local, regional, national, and international artists. Performances include art events, plays, dance, and music throughout the year. The Café Patio Series by Qualico Communities takes place from September through June and transforms the banquet facilities into an intimate café setting to enjoy a variety of genres. The Patio Series takes place every Wednesday evening from July to August and presents two acts featuring an eclectic variety of genres from local and touring musicians.
- Sherwood Park's Heritage Mile - This open air museum is the preservation of old landmarks from Strathcona County's past including Lord Strathcona, and the Ottewell homestead amongst others. The inclusion of flowers and bushes has turned this into a beautiful way to enjoy the local history at this open air museum.
- Strathcona County Museum and Archives - A hands-on museum which features several different exhibits showcasing pioneer life in Strathcona County. All ages are welcome to interact with several artifacts within the train station, general store, grain elevator, and more.
Sherwood Park's location within Strathcona County provides easy access to a range of natural areas which serves to create harmony between its citizens and nature as a sustainable community. This includes the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere as well as several provincial parks, trails, and natural areas:
The Beaver Hills UNESCO Biosphere provides access to explore open spaces, hiking trails, lakes, and campsites for residents and visitors alike. This outdoor area is available in all four seasons to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. Some of the Biosphere destinations include:
- Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area - With almost 85 km (53 mi) of hiking trails from four staging areas, this area has a wide range of habitats which support numerous wildlife species. Active wildlife management programs results in excellent viewing opportunities along the trail systems.
- Elk Island National Park - This park is a popular destination for day picnics and overnight camping with plenty of wilderness to explore from Aspen woodlands and prairie meadows, to pockets of wetland. Due to conservation efforts, a wide variety of wildlife resides within the park for visitors to spot.
- Ministik Lake Game Bird Sanctuary - Another important habitat for wildlife, this 20,000 acres (81 km2) terrain is a protected area for many threatened migratory birds including the American white pelican, the great blue heron and the more vulnerable horned grebe . Alongside waterfowl, moose, deer, wolves, and small mammals have all been observed in the sanctuary.
Trails and Natural Areas
Sherwood Park has a wide arrange of trails and natural areas for residents and visitors to enjoy. These include:
- Parkway Trail System - There are over 135 km (84 mi) of paved trails located in and around Sherwood Park. Whether cycling, running, walking, or in-line skating, there are several points of interest along the trails for visitors and residents to enjoy.
- Sherwood Park Natural Area - A 3 km (1.9 mi) regularly groomed trail with a wildlife-watching platform allows for bird watching and animal spotting. This trail intersects with the Old Edmonton Trail and is easily followed due to plaques marking several of the original survey markers.
- Strathcona Wilderness Centre - This outdoor adventure centre facilitates four season activities such as hiking, disc golf, geocaching, camping, orienteering, and others. With a variety of programs available, this centre is a popular choice for a wide range of people.
Tourism and attractions
The Activity and Travel Guide has a sampling of the many restaurants, hotels, shops, golf courses, recreation facilities, art galleries and more. At the end of a full day, there are several options available for staying.
Sports and recreation
Recreation facilities within Sherwood Park include the Broadmoor Arena, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park Arena/Sports Centre and Strathcona Athletic Park as well as a BMX bike park, a BMX bike pump track and a skateboard park. The community also has 37 parks and sportsfields.
An important local sports team is a hockey squad, the Sherwood Park Crusaders. The Crusaders play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Sherwood Park has a well-respected Midget "AAA" hockey program, dating back to the mid-1970s, that has produced several top calibre players including former and current National Hockey League players Gerald Diduck, Jim Ennis, Tyson Nash, Cam Ward and Daymond Langkow. The Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club includes levels from Peewee to Midget and with the highest level being the Midget "AAA" program.
Sherwood Park is a large football community. At least one Sherwood Park high school football team has been to the Alberta provincial final since the 1999 season. The bantam team, the Sherwood Park Rams, have won provincials five of the last seven seasons. The 2014 provincial championship is held by the Sherwood Park Wolverines, which is their first title.
Baseball has become a very popular and important sport in the community. In 2008, the Sherwood Park Dukes began their first season in Sherwood Park, playing at Centennial Park in the Western Major Baseball League.
Strathcona County hosted the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games with most of the events held in Sherwood Park. The games included 2,300 athletes, coaches, and officials from the four western provinces and three northern territories. Around 2,800 volunteers helped make the games a success.
According to data collected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2012, crime in Sherwood Park has been on the rise especially impaired driving and domestic violence. Domestic violence reports rose by 32 percent; impaired driving went up 10 percent. Other facts released also pointed out that sexual offenses went up by 20 percent and drug trafficking charges went up 55 percent.
Sherwood Park's school boards are Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division No. 14 (EIPS), Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41 (EICS), and the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN or the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2).
The public high schools are Bev Facey Community High School and Salisbury Composite High School, as well as Strathcona Christian Academy (kindergarten to grade 12), and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School.
Sherwood Park was home to Canada's first charter school: New Horizons Charter School, a public charter school that offers a gifted education program for students from kindergarten to grade 9. It is in Sherwood Park on the edge of the Village on the Lake subdivision.
Sherwood Park's newspaper is the twice-weekly Sherwood Park-Strathcona County News. The Sherwood Park News and Strathcona County This Week newspapers, both owned by Bowes Publishers, in turn part of Sun Media, merged on November 6, 2007 to become Sherwood Park • Strathcona County News.
Due to the community's close proximity to Edmonton, all major Edmonton media, including the daily newspapers (such as the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal) and radio and TV broadcasters, also serve Sherwood Park and immediate area.
- Sara Canning – film and TV actress
- Gerald Diduck – former National Hockey League (NHL) player
- Jim Ennis – former NHL hockey player
- Ryan Rishaug - Sports broadcaster
- Randy Ferbey – curler
- Andrew Ference – NHL defenceman
- Carter Hart – NHL goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers
- Sam Steel - NHL centre Anaheim Ducks
- Blake Dermott – radio personality and former Canadian Football League (CFL) player
- Ken Hitchcock – NHL coach
- Ryan McGill – former NHL hockey player, current NHL coaching staff
- Kaetlyn Osmond – Olympic figure skater
- Mark Pysyk – NHL defenceman for the Florida Panthers
- Duncan Siemens – NHL defenceman
- Tony Twist – former NHL Hockey player
- Miles Holmwood - multi-platinum musician with the band, Stereos
- Cam Ward – NHL goaltender
- Nick Holden – NHL defenceman Vegas Golden Knights
- Brendan Guhle – NHL defenceman Anaheim Ducks
- Kevin Boyer - Olympic skeleton racer
- Chuba Hubbard - Oklahoma State Cowboys football starting running back
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- Gallery@501 Art Exhibits
- The Loft Gallery
- Picture This!
- Visual arts at Smeltzer House
- Spark Centre
- Bremner House
- Festival Place
- Heritage Mile
- Strathcona County Museum and Archives
- Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
- Elk Island National Park
- Strathcona County trails and parks
- Sherwood Park Natural Area
- Strathcona Wilderness Centre
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