|Urban service area (hamlet)|
|Sherwood Park Urban Service Area|
|Specialized municipality||Strathcona County|
|• Mayor||Linda Osinchuk|
|• Governing body|
|• Total||70.98 km2 (27.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation3||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Postal code span||T8A to T8H|
|Area code(s)||+1-780, +1-587|
Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.5 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).6 Smaller portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Highway 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.6
Sherwood Park was first established in 1954/55 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 61,660 in 2009,78 Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta's seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.9
The Cree and Saulteaux Nations are the First Nations peoples who lived in this territory for centuries. The first Europeans did not arrive in the region until in the late 18th century. Buffalo was abundant in the region, and an important source of food and clothing for the local First Nations. Though the local First Nations had maintained sustainable buffalo hunts in the area for generations, the newcomers slaughtered and nearly decimated the buffalo herds which dramatically disrupted the Natives' way of life.
Some local First Nations in the area began trading at nearby Fort Edmonton. The majority of Nations signed Treaty 6 on August 21, 1877, which relegated them to small reserves far from the growing settler communities.
In the early 1950s, developers John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell envisioned a satellite town of 100 houses to accommodate employees of the industries east of Edmonton. In 1953, they received approval from the Municipal District of Strathcona for the development of the residential hamlet named "Campbelltown" and in September 1955, the first model homes were opened to the public. Later in 1956, the name of the hamlet was changed to Sherwood Park, because Canada Post would not approve Campbelltown, since there were several Canadian communities with similar names.
In the 2011 Census, Sherwood Park had a population of 64,733,4 a 13.9% change from its 2006 population of 56,845.18 The population of Sherwood Park according to Strathcona County's 2009 municipal census is 61,660.78
Sherwood Park has a strong economy with over $9.0 billion worth of major projects completed, announced, or under construction. A district known as Refinery Row lies west of Sherwood Park and includes some of the largest industrial facilities in Western Canada, including Esso's Strathcona Refinery.
The most significant local sports team is a hockey squad, the Sherwood Park Crusaders. The Crusaders play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.19 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 NHLers Gerald Diduck, Jim Ennis, Tyson Nash, and Cam Ward. 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 significant 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.20
Baseball has become a very popular and important sport in the community.21 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.
Sherwood Park's two school boards are Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS)22 and Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS).23 The public high schools are Salisbury Composite High School and Bev Facey Community 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 now located in Ardrossan.
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 Corporation, merged on November 6, 2007 to become Sherwood Park • Strathcona County News.24
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.
||This article's list of residents may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (June 2011)|
- Sara Canning – film and TV actress
- Chris Ciezki - former CFL football player25
- Gerald Diduck – former NHL player26
- Maria Dunn – singer-songwriter
- Jim Ennis – former NHL hockey player
- Randy Ferbey – Canadian Curler
- Andrew Ference – NHL defenceman
- Patrick Gilmore – film and TV actor 27
- Ian Herbers – former NHL Hockey player
- Ken Hitchcock – NHL coach
- Miles Holmwood – guitarist for the band Stereos
- Ryan McGill – former NHL hockey player, current NHL coaching staff
- Tara Nelson – Global news anchor
- Mark Pysyk – NHL defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres
- Mike Schreiber - Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
- Duncan Siemens - defenseman for the WHL's Saskatoon Blades and prospect for the Colorado Avalanche
- Mark Sochatsky - former ice hockey player who played in the German elite league.
- Tony Twist – former NHL Hockey player
- Cam Ward – NHL goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes
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- "Population of unincorporated places of 50 persons and over, Alberta, 1961 and 1956". 1961 Census of Canada. Population – Unincorporated Villages, Bulletin SP–4. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1963. p. 63-67.
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- "Geographical Identification and Population for Unincorporated Places of 25 Persons and Over, 1971 and 1966". 1976 Census of Canada. Volume 8 Supplementary Bulletins: Geographic and Demographic, Population of Unincorporated Places – Canada. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1978.
- "Table 2: 1981 Place Name Reference List of Census Subdivisions and Unincorporated Places by Census Division". 1981 Census of Canada. Place name reference list – Western provinces and the territories. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1983. p. 2.1-2.19.
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- Shane Jones (2009-07-13). "Ciezki now a veteran with Eskies". Sherwood Park News (Sun Media Corporation). Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Gerald Diduck hockey statistics & profile at hockeydb.com". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
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