Sherwood Park is the residential and shopping center of Strathcona County, located on the eastern edge of Edmonton. Sherwood Park has 60,000 resident (2008)s, about 2/3 of all the residents of Strathcona County, which are a unique combination of urban and rural areas under a single municipality. Strathcona County is Alberta's fourth largest community, after only Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge.
A roadway 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 community is leads western Canada in oil refining and is home to more than 1,500 businesses.
Annual events include: Canadian Birkebeiner Cross County Ski Festival (Early February), Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair (mid April), Kinsmen Festival Days (end May), Canada Day at Broadmoor Lake (July 1), Strathcona County Fair (mid August).
Sherwood Park is serviced by two school boards are Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS).
There are 9 public elementary schools, 5 public middle schools, and two high schools. There are 8 Catholic elementary/middle schools, and 1 Catholic high school, as well as the New Horizons Charter School, a public charter school.
Sherwood Park has six shopping malls/shopping centres, clustered along the southern edge on Wye Road, and along the north-south Sherwood Drive.
Sherwood park has a number of competitive teams, including the Crusader Junior A hickey team, The community has strong leagues in Midget AAA hockey, , football, and baseball. In 2007, the County of Strathcona and Sherwood Park hosted the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games with 2 300 athletes.
For outdoor enthuiats there is the Strathcona Wilderness Centre which offers hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping. There's Elk Island National Park to the north of the community. The community has 7 tobogganning hills, 6 outdoor rinks, a public golf course, a skateboarding park, and the 42 kilometre long Heritage Parkway Trail recreational pathway.
In the early 1950s, developers started building a satellite town of 100 houses to accommodate employees of the industries east of Edmonton, which began as "Campbelltown". In 1956, the hamlet was renamed Sherwood Park (to overcome Canada Post objections to the first name). The community has steadily grown ever since.
The community has a number of neighbourhoods, organized in roughly three quadrants around Strathcona Centre. In the Northeast quadrant are Emerald Hills, Lakeland Village, Aspen Trails, Summer Wood, Centennial Park, Cloverbar Ranch, Lakeland Ridge, Davidson Creek, North Clarkdale Meadows. In the Southeast quadrant are Mills Haven, Glen Allan, Craig Avon, Heritage Hills, Sherwood Heights, Nottingham, Forrest Green, Fox Haven, Foxboro, Estates of Sherwood Park, Regency Park and Regency Park Estates. In the Southwest quadrant are Broadmoor Centre, Woodbridge Farms, Mills Haven, Westboro, Sherwood Heights, and Maplegrove.
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