Rossdale, Edmonton

Rossdale, Edmonton

Rossdale is a river valley neighbourhood in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada located immediately south of the downtown core. It is a popular residential neighbourhood with easy access to downtown, the University of Alberta, the Edmonton river valley park system, and other amenities.

Telus Field, home to the Edmonton Cracker-Cats of the Golden Baseball League since 2005, is located in this neighbourhood. The Edmonton Trappers also called Telus Field home up to the end of the 2004 season, when the franchise was moved to another city.

A short distance to the west of the neighbourhood, along River Valley Road, are the Victoria Golf Course, Victoria Park, and the Royal Glenora Club.

Located near Telus Field is the Rossdale Power Plant, used by EPCOR to generate electricity. Recently, planned expansion of the generating station generated a fair amount of controversy when it was discovered part of the site was used as an aboriginal burial ground. Originally opened in 1902, EPCOR now plans to decommission the power plant in 2009 and open the site to public access.

EPCOR also operates the Rossdale Water Treatment plant located next to the Rossdale Power Plant.

Residential development

While Rossdale is an older neighbourhood with residential development beginning during the early years of Edmonton's history, there has been a significant redevelopment of the area in more recent years.

According to the 2001 federal census, only one residence in ten (9.9%) in modern Rossdale was built before the end of World War II. Another one in five residences (17.6%) were built between 1946 and 1970 and one residence in ten (11.0%) were built during the 1970s. One in four residences (24.2%) were built during the 1980s and two out of five (37.4%) were built during the 1990s.

The most common type of residence in Rossdale, according to the 2005 municipal census, is a mixture of rented apartments and apartment style condominiums. These account for half (51%) of all residences in the neighbourhood. Two out of three of these residences are in low rise buildings with fewer than five stories while one in three are in high rise buildings with five or more stories. Single family dwellings account for one out of every three (35%) of all residences in the neighbourhood. Row houses account for one in ten residences (10%). Four percent of all residences are duplexes. Three out of every five (62%) are owner occupied while two out of five (38%) are rented.

Population Mobility

The population in Rossdale is highly mobile. According to the 2005 municipal census, one in five (21.5%) of all residents had move within the previous twelve months. Another one in five (22.4%) had moved within the previous one to three years. Only two out of every five (42%) residents had lived at the same address for five years or longer.


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