Adelaide/Churchill Neighborhood Profile

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Adelaide/Churchill, Saskatoon

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Coordinates: 52°5′55″N 106°38′27″WCoordinates52°5′55″N 106°38′27″W
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
City Saskatoon
Suburban Development Area Nutana
Neighbourhood Adelaide/Churchill
Annexed 1910-1919
Construction 1946-1960
 • Type Municipal (Ward 7)
 • Administrative body Saskatoon City Council
 • Councillor Mairin Loewen
 • Total 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,445
 • Average Income $78,438
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Website Adelaide/Churchill Community Association

Adelaide/Churchill is a mostly residential neighbourhood located in south-central SaskatoonSaskatchewanCanada. It is a suburban subdivision, consisting mostly of low-density, single detached dwellings. As of 2009, the area is home to 3,445 residents. The neighbourhood is considered a middle-income area, with an average family income of $78,438, an average dwelling value of $287,976 and a home ownership rate of 90.3%.[1]


Churchill School was built in 1956, but served as a public school for just under thirty years before closing.
[5] Hugh Cairns V.C. School was opened in 1960. It was named after Hugh Cairns (VC), a Canadian soldier from World War I whose hometown was Saskatoon. He was posthumously awarded theVictoria Cross, the British Commonwealth's highest award for bravery in battle.[6] Coincidentally, the school is located on Cairns Avenue; however the street was actually named for local pioneer John Cairns, not the soldier.[7]The most of the land for the Adelaide/Churchill neighbourhood was annexed by the city between 1910 and 1919, with the remaining southern piece annexed between 1960 and 1969.[2] According to a 1913 map of registered subdivisions, the area was divided in two: Victoria Park to the north of Ruth Street and Park Adelaide to the south.[3] The two were developed as Churchill (north) and Adelaide Park (south) - with Ruth Street as the dividing line - but were combined into a single neighbourhood when the city redrew its neighbourhood boundaries in the 1990s. The layout of the streets reflects the urban planning philosophies of the day when the land was developed. The north part of the neighbourhood, developed just afterWorld War II, follows a traditional grid pattern. By the 1950s, the design of residential neighbourhoods used a modern system of curving residential streets, feeding into collector roads that connected to arterial roads. Thus, the southern part of the neighbourhood follows this design practice.[4]

A divisive debate occurred in 2008 when the Saskatoon Full Gospel Church, owners of the former Churchill School, sought approval to demolish the structure and build a new church and attached condominium complex. Area residents complained that the new building would increase traffic on residential streets, and clash with the existing character of the neighbourhood. Ultimately, city council approved the project and it was under construction as of 2013.[8]

Build-out of the neighbourhood was mostly complete by the mid-1970s, however some additional development in its southwest corner occurred in the late 1980s. In addition, construction of an interchange at Clarence Avenue and Circle Drive, in the planning stages since the 1960s, was completed in the late 2000s, facilitating resident access to the freeway and to the major commercial development at Stonebridge.

Government and politics

Adelaide/Churchill exists within the federal electoral district of Blackstrap. It is currently represented by Lynne Yelich of theConservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Provincially, Adelaide/Churchill overlaps two constituencies. Most of the neighbourhood is within the boundaries of Saskatoon Eastview. It was previously represented by Judy Junor of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, first elected in 1998 and re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In the 2011 provincial election, Junor was replaced by Corey Tochor of the Saskatchewan Party. The northwest corner lies within the constituency of Saskatoon Nutana. It was represented by Pat Atkinson of the Saskatchewan NDP, first elected in 1986 and re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. Since the 2011 provincial election, it has been represented by Cathy Sproule of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Adelaide/Churchill lies within ward 7. It is currently represented by CouncillorMairin Loewen, who was elected to city council on February 9, 2011 in a by-election. At the time, she was the youngest person ever elected to Saskatoon's City Council.[9] She was re-elected in 2012.