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Spruce Grove

Spruce Grove
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City of Spruce Grove
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Spruce Grove is located in Alberta
Spruce Grove
Spruce Grove
Location of Spruce Grove in Alberta
Coordinates:
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Incorporated [1]
 - Village 

January 1, 1955
 - Town January 1, 1971
 - City March 1, 1986
Government[2]
 • Mayor Stuart Houston
 • Governing body
 • CAO Robert Cotterill
 • MP Rona Ambrose
 • MLA Doug Horner
Area (2011)[3]
 • City 32.37 km2 (12.50 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 709 m (2,326 ft)
Population (2011)[3][5]
 • City 26,171
 • Density 808.6/km2 (2,094/sq mi)
 • Urban 27,947
 • Municipal census (2015) 32,036[6]
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T7X
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 16A
Yellowhead Highway
Website Official website

Spruce Grove is a city in the vicinity of Edmonton, Alberta. Like neighbouring Stony Plain it is surrounded by Parkland County.

With a population of 32,036,[7] Spruce Grove is the 9th largest city in Alberta. The Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre is the local theatre, and its TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre is a popular recreation facility. As it is 11 km west of Edmonton, many citizens travel there to shop. However, there are a great number of businesses on the west end that citizens commonly utilize.

The current mayor is Stuart Houston.

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 national women's hockey team.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Arts and culture 5
  • Attractions 6
  • Sports 7
  • Infrastructure 8
    • Transportation 8.1
  • Education 9
  • Media 10
  • Notable people 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

History

Homesteaders in the area date back to 1879.[8] 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

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.[9] It is part of the Edmonton Capital Region.

Demographics

The City of Spruce Grove's 2015 municipal census counted a population of 32,036,[24] a 8.5% change from its 2014 municipal census population of 29,526.[7]

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 33.9% change 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.[3]

Economy

Grain elevator in Spruce Grove, 2009.

Arts and culture

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.[25]

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.[26]

Another cultural facility within the city is the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum.

Attractions

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

Spruce Grove has an abundant number of youths and adults involved in amateur sports, that run year round. 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

Transportation

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.[9]

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.

Air

Local air travel is provided by Parkland Airport and Villeneuve Airport.

Education

Public schools

Spruce Grove is part of the Parkland School Division No. 70. The following public schools are located in Spruce Grove.[27]

  • 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.[28]

  • 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[29]

Media

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.[30] The area has a radio station, 88.1 The One is dedicated to Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and area.[31]

Notable people

See also

References

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  25. ^ Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove
  26. ^ New Magic Lantern Parkland Cinema 7 to open this week
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  30. ^ Spruce Grove Examiner
  31. ^ Blackgold Broadcasting awarded licence for local radio station

External links

  • Official website
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