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Greenfield Park

Greenfield Park, Quebec

Greenfield Park is a borough of the city of Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. It covers an area of 5 km², with a population of 17,491 as of December 2004. Greenfield Park is the only borough of Longueuil that has an officially bilingual status. It is divided into two sections. The section between Victoria avenue and Taschereau Boulevard is known by locals as the "old part", and the other section from Grande-Allée Boulevard to the Laflèche/Saint-Hubert border is commonly known as the "new part".

History

Seigneury of Longueuil

Prior to becoming a town, the area known as Greenfield Park was land belonging to the Seigneury of Longueuil. It had been an agricultural area up until the end of the 19th century. Greenfield Park benefited from its proximity to neighbouring St. Lambert's rail line connected to the newly constructed Victoria Bridge, which was the only major rail link between Montreal and the South Shore. At the time, the bridge was the longest railway bridge in the world. Development had begun to spread into Greenfield Park, which merited the establishment of a town to provide services for the population.

Town

Greenfield Park was named after the area's primary geographical features, which were in fact green fields and forests. The town was established on March 24th, 1911. The original Charter of Greenfield Park gave reasoning for the town's creation:
Whereas the rate-payers of the territory comprised in cadastral lots Nos . 225 to 244 of the parish of Longueuil have by a large majority in number and value represented that, in consequence of the rapid increase of population within the said territory being a suburb of the city of Montreal and in consequence of the necessity for local improvements similar to those of other suburbs of Montreal, it is necessary that the said territory be created into a separate municipality and they have prayed, that the general principles of the Cities and Towns' Act be applied to the said municipality and also that they be granted several powers similar to those of other suburbs of Montreal which are not contained in said act . . .
With the creation of the town came to need to put infrastructure and services in place. The only way for citizens to reach nearby Montreal, was by rail, through the Grand Trunk Railway or the Montreal and Southern Counties Railway. In 1913, Greenfield Park, along with neighbouring municipalities St. Lambert, Montreal South and Longueuil, built a shared sewer system and water filtration plant. The town also used artesian wells as a source for drinking water.

World War I and II

During World War I, such a high percentage of Greenfield Parkers served in the Canadian forces that regular town meetings could not be held.

Similarly, in World War II, Greenfield Park was the Canadian community that had the highest participation rate of military volunteers. This fact was recognized by both Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and the Minister of National Defence, J.L. Ralston.

Following the war, returning veterans were able to purchase homes with financial assistance through a purchasing program put into place by the town.

Recent History

In the early 1960s, Greenfield Park acquired 40% more land by annexing part of Saint-Hubert. This land was located on the opposite side of Taschereau, and A large amount of veterans housing was built on these lands, particularly along Bellevue Street North. During the early 60s, over 60% of the town's population traced their ancestry to the United Kingdom, roughly half of that number live in the town today.

Merger with Longueuil

Greenfield Park was a town until January 1, 2002, when it along with several other suburbs on Montreal's South Shore were merged into the amalgamated city of Longueuil. (On January 1, 2006, Boucherville, Brossard, St-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert were "demerged", or reconstituted.) Following these demergers, Greenfield Park became one of only three remaining boroughs of Longueuil, along with Saint-Hubert and Vieux-Longueuil.

Politics and Government

Greenfield Park is in the federal riding of St. Lambert and its Member of Parliament was Maka Kotto (Bloc Québécois) until his resignation. It also belongs to the provincial riding of Laporte and its Member of the National Assembly is Nicole Ménard (Liberal Party of Quebec).

Coat of arms

Greenfield Park's coat of arms is golden, with a sable reversed chevron. The chevron supports a sinople coloured tree. Below the chevron are two red roses. Above the shield is a crown, shaped like a wall with five turrets. The shield is surrounded by branches of maple. Below the shield the branches meet, tied with a red and black ribbon. The Greenfield Park motto, "Fortis Fortunam Superat," or "Fortune Favors the Brave," is attributed to Villar.

Town Mayors

Former Mayors of Greenfield Park
Mayor Term Began Term Ended
William Murray 1911 1913
Robert Smith Chalmers 1915 1918
Robert J. Walker 1918 1922
Colin Duncan Campbell 1922 1926
Robert J. Walker 1927 1928
Herbert William Clark 1928 1930
Ernest A. Nightingale 1930 1932
Stanley Isaac Coote 1932 1940
E. F. Backhoven 1940 1942
Alfred George Cobb 1942 1946
Aban Perras 1946 1948
Joseph. C. Plante 1948 1953
Lawrence J. Galletti 1953 1967
Maurice J. King 1967 1978
Stephen Olynyk 1978 1994
Marc Duclos 1994 2001
Part of Longueuil 2002 present

Borough Councilors

Longueuil District Councilor Party
District 16 Mireille Carrière Parti municipal de Longueuil
District 17 Robert Myles Independent
District 18 Bernard Constantini (Borough President) Independent

Demographics

Mother tongue
From Canada 2006 Census
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 7,930 46.7%
English 5,740 33.8%
Both English and French 295 1.7%
Other languages 3,015 17.8%



Historical Population

Year Population
1921 1,112
1931 1,610
1941 1,819
1951 3,379
1961 7,807
1971 15,348
1981 18,527
1991 17,652
1996 17,337
2001 16,978
2006 17,084

Education

Primary

Secondary

Adult Education

  • CEA des 16–18 ans

Religion

Protestant


Roman Catholic

  • Saint Mary Church
  • Église Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Transportation

RTL buses

Greenfield Park is currently served by Réseau de transport de Longueuil.

Currently, the following RTL buses lines travel through St. Lambert:

Route Name Route Map Schedule
1 (Terminus Longueuil - Boul. Grand-Allée [via Churchill])
3 (Terminus Longueuil - Laflèche (St-Hubert) [via Taschereau])
4 (Terminus Longueuil - Boul. Maricourt [via Taschereau])
6(Terminus Longueuil - Terminus Brossard-Panama [via Victoria])
13 (Terminus Longueuil - Terminus Panama [via Riverside])
15 (Terminus Longueuil - Terminus Panama [via Alexandra] and on to Terminus Centre Ville at rush hours only)
21 (Terminus Longueuil - Boul. Grande Allée [via Grande Allée])
34 (Terminus Centre Ville - Bellevue South [via Champlain Bridge])
54 (Terminus Longueuil - Terminus Brossard-Panama [via Taschereau])
59 (Terminus Centre Ville - Boul. Kimber [via Champlain Bridge])
77 (Brossard Industrial Park - Collège Edouard-Monpetit [via Taschereau])
106 (Terminus Longueuil - Brossard {B section}[via Victoria])
115 (Terminus Centre Ville - Greenfield Park [via Champlain Bridge]}
177 (Terminus Panama - Ch. Chambly [via Taschereau]}

Important roadways

  • Victoria Avenue
  • Churchill Boulevard
  • Taschereau Boulevard
  • Grande-Allée Boulevard
  • Bellevue Street
  • Regent Street
  • Empire Street

Places of interest

Notable people

Geographic location

See also

References

External links

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