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Spruce Grove
City
City of Spruce Grove
Spruce Grove City Hall
Spruce Grove City Hall
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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 / 53.545°N 113.9008°W / 53.545; -113.9008Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 113°54′03″W / 53.545°N 113.9008°W / 53.545; -113.9008
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Capital Region
Census division 11
Incorporated[1]  
 • Village March 14, 1907
 • Dissolution August 30, 1916
 • Village January 1, 1955
 • Town January 1, 1971
 • City March 1, 1986
Government[2]
 • Mayor Stuart Houston
 • Governing body
 • CAO Robert Cotterill
 • MP Dane Lloyd
 • MLA Trevor Horne
Area (2016)[3]
 • Land 32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 709 m (2,326 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 34,066
 • Density 1,057.9/km2 (2,740/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016) 33,640[5]
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Forward sortation areas T7X - T7Y
Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Hwy 16A (Parkland Highway)
Railways Canadian National Railway
Website www.sprucegrove.org

Spruce Grove /ˌsprusˈɡrv/ is a city that is 11 km (6.8 mi) west of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. The city is adjacent to the Town of Stony Plain and is surrounded by Parkland County.

With a 2016 population of 34,066, Spruce Grove is the ninth-largest city in Alberta. The mayor of Spruce Grove is Stuart Houston.

Spruce Grove is home to the Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, a local theatre, and the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, a recreation facility shared with Stony Plain and Parkland County.

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 women's national ice hockey team.

History[edit]

Homesteaders in the area date back to 1879.[6] 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.[7] It is part of the Edmonton Capital Region.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Spruce Grove recorded a population of 34,066 living in 12,552 of its 13,109 total private dwellings, a change of 30.2% from its 2011 population of 26,171. With a land area of 32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,058.0/km2 (2,740.1/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

The City of Spruce Grove's 2016 municipal census counted a population of 33,640,[5] a change of 5% from its 2015 municipal census population of 32,036.[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 change of 33.9% 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.[22]

Economy[edit]

Grain elevator in Spruce Grove, 2009.

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.[7]
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.

There is also a local transit service run by the city for transportation within the city boundaries.

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
  • École Broxton Park School
  • Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Millgrove School
  • Parkland Village School
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School
  • Woodhaven Middle School
Separate schools

Spruce Grove is part of the Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 2. The following separate schools are located in Spruce Grove.[27]

  • St. Joseph's Catholic School
  • St. Marguerite Catholic School
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Private schools
  • Living Waters Christian Academy[28]

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.[29] The area has a radio station, 88.1 The One is dedicated to Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and area.[30]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  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) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
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  6. ^ Lunan, Esther (1979). As the roots grow : the history of Spruce Grove and district. Inter-Collegiate Press. p. 16. 
  7. ^ a b The City of Spruce Grove. Location
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  10. ^ Ninth Census of Canada, 1951. SP-7, Population: Unincorporated villages and hamlets. Dominion Bureau of Statistics. pp. 55–57. 
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  18. ^ "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. pp. 100–108. ISBN 0-660-57115-3. 
  19. ^ "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. pp. 136–146. ISBN 0-660-59283-5. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ a b "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. 
  23. ^ 2015 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-2630-1. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove". Alliedartscouncil.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 
  25. ^ "New Magic Lantern Parkland Cinema 7 to open this week". Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Our Schools". Parkland School Division No. 70. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Schools". Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 2. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Living Waters Christian Academy". Living Waters Christian Academy. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
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  30. ^ nurun.com (2014-09-19). "Blackgold Broadcasting awarded licence for local radio station". Stonyplainreporter.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 

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