|Sherwood Park Urban Service Area|
|Region||Edmonton Metropolitan Region|
|Specialized municipality||Strathcona County|
|• Mayor||Rod Frank|
|• Governing body|
Strathcona County Council
|Elevation||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|• Municipal census (2022)||73,000|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation areas|
|Area code(s)||780, 587, 825|
|Highways||Highway 14, Highway 21, Highway 216, Highway 630|
Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located on traditional Treaty 6 territory, and 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). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 72,017 in 2021, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta's sixth largest city, but it retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
The area was first inhabited by Indigenous people, including the Cree.
In 1881, settlers arrived and started setting up homesteads in the area just north of where Sherwood Park is today.
Sherwood Park was founded as Campbelltown by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada with the same name, so the community's name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is in the Edmonton metropolitan region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.
The industrial area known as Refinery Row is west of Anthony Henday Drive. At least 49 neighbourhoods are located within the portion of the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area east of Anthony Henday Drive.
|Notes: Sherwood Park was listed under its original name of Campbelltown in the 1956 federal census. Populations from 1986 and 1991 federal censuses are not published by Statistics Canada or Alberta Municipal Affairs.|
Source: Statistics Canada and Alberta Municipal Affairs
The population of Sherwood Park according to Strathcona County's 2022 municipal census is 73,000, a 2.3% change from its 2018 municipal census population of 71,332.
In the 2021 census conducted by Statistics Canada, Sherwood Park, as Strathcona County's urban service area, had a population of 72,017, a change of 2% from its 2016 population of 70,618.
Sherwood Park has a strong economy with over $9.0 billion worth of major projects completed, announced, or under construction. As a founding member of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, Strathcona County is home to Canada's largest hydrocarbon refining cluster. A district known as Refinery Row lies west of Sherwood Park and includes some of the largest industrial facilities in Western Canada, including Imperial Oil's Strathcona Refinery.
Sherwood Park has a vibrant art community with multiple galleries found within the area. These include:
Sherwood Park has a proud history of culture and maintains those ties through various different outlets:
Sherwood Park's location within Strathcona County provides easy access to a range of natural areas which serves to create harmony between its citizens and nature as a sustainable community. This includes the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere as well as several provincial parks, trails, and natural areas:
The Beaver Hills UNESCO Biosphere provides access to explore open spaces, hiking trails, lakes, and campsites for residents and visitors alike. This outdoor area is available in all four seasons to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. Some of the Biosphere destinations include:
Sherwood Park has a number of trails and sections, including:
The Activity and Travel Guide has a sampling of the many restaurants, hotels, shops, golf courses, recreation facilities, art galleries and more. At the end of a full day, there are several options available for staying.
Recreation facilities within Sherwood Park include the Broadmoor Arena, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Millennium Place, the Randy Rosen Rink at Sherwood Park Arena/Sports Centre and Strathcona Athletic Park as well as a BMX bike park, a BMX bike pump track and a skateboard park. The community also has 37 parks and sportsfields.
An important local sports team is a hockey squad, the Sherwood Park Crusaders. The Crusaders play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. 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 National Hockey League players Gerald Diduck, Jim Ennis, Tyson Nash, Cam Ward, Daymond Langkow, Brendan Gallagher, Mark Pysyk, Sam Steel and Carter Hart. 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 large 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. The 2014 provincial championship is held by the Sherwood Park Wolverines, which is their first title.
Baseball has become a popular and important sport in the community.[failed verification] 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.
The Strathcona Druids RFC, a Rugby club that plays its home games at Lynn Davies field. The club was founded in 1960 and has multiple teams including mens and womens 1st and 2nd division as well as youth teams from U5 to U19.
Sherwood Park is governed by the Strathcona County Council. The county's mayor is Rod Frank who replaced Roxanne Carr in the 2017 Strathcona County municipal election.
According to data collected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2012, crime in Sherwood Park has been on the rise especially impaired driving and domestic violence. Domestic violence reports rose by 32 percent; impaired driving went up 10 percent. Other facts released also pointed out that sexual offenses went up by 20 percent and drug trafficking charges went up 55 percent. In 2018 the town library was bombed resulting in the death of the suspect and the closure of the library. The reparation costs were estimated at $14M and took six months to complete.
Sherwood Park's school boards are Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division No. 14 (EIPS), Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41 (EICS), and the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN or the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2).
The public high schools are Bev Facey Community High School and Salisbury Composite 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 in Sherwood Park on the edge of the Village on the Lake subdivision.
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, merged on November 6, 2007, to become Sherwood Park • Strathcona County News.
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.
After the first oil industry development in the early 1950s, Council approved the first urban development for the satellite town of Campbelltown as a home for oil industry workers in 1953. ... Due to a name duplication Campbelltown was renamed Sherwood Park in 1956.