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Spruce Grove
City
City of Spruce Grove
Spruce Grove City Hall
Spruce Grove City Hall
Flag of Spruce Grove
Flag
Official logo of Spruce Grove
City boundaries
City boundaries
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Municipal district Parkland County
Incorporated  
 • Village March 14, 1907
 • Dissolution August 30, 1916
 • Village January 1, 1955
 • Town January 1, 1971
 • City March 1, 1986
Area
 (2016)
 • Land 32.2 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Elevation
709 m (2,326 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total 34,066
 • Density 1,057.9/km2 (2,740/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2016)
33,640
 • Estimate (2020)
38,951
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
T7X - T7Y
Area code(s) 780, 587, 825
Highways Highway 16, Highway 16A
Railways Canadian National Railway

Spruce Grove 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 Jeff Acker.

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 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

Homesteaders in the area date back to 1879. Spruce Grove originally incorporated as a village on March 14, 1907, but it subsequently dissolved on August 30, 1916. 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.

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. It is part of the Edmonton Capital Region.

Demographics

The population of the City of according to its 2017 municipal census is 34,881, a change of 3.7% from its 2016 municipal census population of 33,640.

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/sq mi) in 2016.

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/sq mi) in 2011.

Spruce Grove Alberta Grain Elevator (10100112966)
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.

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.

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. 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 Alberta Junior Hockey League.

As of 2021, the Spruce Grove Metro Ballpark is under construction. Upon completion, it will become the home stadium of the Edmonton Prospects.

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.
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. However, the nearest major international airport is the Edmonton International Airport, just south of Edmonton.

Education

Public schools

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

  • Brookwood School
  • Copperhaven School
  • École Broxton Park School
  • Greystone Centennial Middle School
  • Millgrove School
  • Parkland Village School
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School
  • Woodhaven K-9 School
  • Prescott Learning Centre
Separate schools

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

  • 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

Notable people

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