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City of Spruce Grove
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City of Spruce Grove is located in Alberta
City of Spruce Grove
Location of Spruce Grove in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 113°54′03″W / 53.545°N 113.90083°W / 53.545; -113.90083
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Incorporated Village: 1955
  Town: 1971
  City: 1986
Government [1]
 - Mayor Stuart Houston
 - Governing body Spruce Grove City Council
 - Manager Doug Lagore
 - MP Rona Ambrose
 - MLA Doug Horner
Area
 - Total 26.4 km2 (10.2 sq mi)
Elevation 705 m (2,313 ft)
Population (2009)[2]
 - Total 23,326
 - Density 883.6/km2 (2,288.5/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T7X
Area code(s) +1-780
Highways Highway 16A
Yellowhead Highway
Website City of Spruce Grove

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

With a population of 23,326, Spruce Grove is the 11th 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.

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Geography

Spruce Grove is located near the province's geographical centre, at 30 kilometres (19 mi) from downtown Edmonton and 14 km (9 mi) from Edmonton's city limits.[3] It is part of the Edmonton Capital Region.

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Demographics

The population of the City of Spruce Grove according to its 2009 municipal census is 23,326.[4][2] This was a 19.6% increase from the official result of the Canada 2006 Census, 19,496.[5] The city has a land area of 26.40 km2 (10.2 sq mi) and a population density of 883.6 /km2 (2,288.5/sq mi).

Transportation

Major thoroughfares

Two highways pass through Spruce Grove, Highway 16 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.[3]

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.

Railroad

There is a railroad connection between Edmonton and Vancouver running through Spruce Grove. The majority of the rail road traffic is goods, however in the summer there is also passenger transportation between Edmonton and Jasper.

ETS Transit

Edmonton Transit System offers a commuter transit route from Spruce Grove to Edmonton, peak hours only.

History

Spruce Grove was incorporated as a village in 1955, as a town in 1971, and as a city in 1986.[6]

Sports and recreation

Amateur 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 runs from May to October, football runs from July to November and baseball runs from March to October. The Spruce Grove Saints are a Junior A hockey team that play in the AJHL.

Famous athletes

Spruce Grove has produced many professional and accomplished athletes. These include the following (in alphabetical order):

Recreation facilities

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 7th 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.

Culture

Spruce Groove Records is the City of Spruce Grove's own independent record label that releases the music of the Canadian rock band Aderly Saves the World. It was originally formed in 1998 to produce just the records of that band. It's since released the records of other bands such as 3BoxesRed, Exit2, Knife Vs Dinnerplate, Adventure Tour Plan, and My Boy Sherman.

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

In 2009, an online newspaper entitled the Tri Area News was created to serve the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County.[10]

In July 2009, an open online forum, commentary and news portal Local-Yokels was created to provide residents of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County with an open dialog of current affairs. [11]

Education

Spruce Grove is part of the Parkland School Division No. 70. The following schools are located in Spruce Grove[12]

Public School District
  • Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School educates approximately 1,200 students from the Parkland County Area
  • Brookwood Elementary School
  • Broxton Park Elementary School
  • Millgrove Elementary School
  • Woodhaven Middle School
Separate School District
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
  • St. Marguerite Catholic Junior High School
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School
Private School District
  • Living Waters Christian Academy

There have been approved plans for a new separate high school to be built for Spruce Grove and neighboring town Stony Plain that will change the current format of the existing separate schools.

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