Named in honor of Dr. Norman L. Terwillegar (1884-1948), Terwillegar Towne, in Edmonton Alberta Canada, is a picturesque neighborhood equally suitable to starting a family or settling down for retirement.
Located in Ward 9, Terwillegar Towne, was the very first community in Edmonton to embrace the concept of the neo-traditional community and provides a wonderful example of the new Urbanism style of development. As a result, roadways were specifically constructed to encourage pedestrian traffic, houses are situated closer to the street in order to encourage interaction between neighbors and a beautiful town square with neighbourhood parks was provided to be the focus for the community. The neighborhood is bounded by 23rd Avenue, which is to the north, Rabbit Hill Road to the east, Terrillegar Boulevard to the south, and to the west is Terwillegar Drive.
As a relatively new development, this began in the late 1990’s and continued well in to the new millennium, Terwillegar boasts residential units within single and semi-detached homes, row houses and apartment-style buildings. Commercial areas are primarily focused in the town center, located along Terwillegar Blvd., in order to facilitate the goal of pedestrian traffic and neighbor interaction. Two public schools are located in the area and within walking distance to many of the homes in the area. One school is located adjacent to the town centre east of Town Centre Boulevard and the other is located on the western side of the boulevard in roughly the centre of the neighborhood.
Terwillegar also offers easy access to transit services; the Leger Transit Center is located on the northern edge of the neighborhood along 23rd avenue. Also located next to the Leger Transit Center is the new Terwillegar Community Recreation Center.
The Terwillegar Community Recreation Center is the pride and joy of the neighborhood and, quite frankly, the envy of many of the surrounding areas. The Terwillegar Community Recreation Center offers an aquatic center, a fitness center, track, 3 full sized gymnasiums, the Subway Arena, a Children’s wing and four commercial spaces.
The Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre’s aquatic centre features:
- Salt-water pool with 8 53 meter lanes, 1 & 3 meter diving boards, and a 5 meter diving platform
- Salt-water leisure and wave pool with spray features
- Salt-water whirlpool for 30 people
- Salt-water lazy river and waterslide
- Salt-water tot pool with ramp access
- Steam room for 18 people
Fitness Centre & Track
The fitness centre and track features a:
- State-of-the-art exercise equipment
- 2 program studios
- 206 meter indoor walking/jogging track
Realty Executives Flexi-hall
- Flexi-hall with 3 full-sized gymnasiums
- 4 NHL-sized ice sheets including Realty Executives sponsored Rink B
- 20 dressing rooms
- Room for up to 710 spectators in Rink #1 (between 200-260 spectators in the other 3)
- 3 tournament rooms
- 3 multi-purpose rooms
- Skate sharpening
- Indoor playground
- Child-minding services
- 3 children’s programming rooms
Four Commercial Spaces
- Rejuvination Health Services
- DQ Orange Julius
- Second Cup
- Running Room
For those of you who are serious about raising a family, Terwillegar Community Recreation Center Children’s wing is an excellent resource. Here parents can take advantage of the Indoor Playground that hosts children up to 10 years of age from
8am-8pm daily. Here parents and children alike can enjoy the drop-in indoor playground where children can climb, slide, balance and roll in a spacious room full of tyke-sized play equipment. There is also the Kids Den (child minding service) that hosts children form the ages of newborn to day one of grade one (up to 11 yrs evenings and Saturdays). The Kids Den, is a drop in babysitting service that provides a fun and safe place for children to be active while parents can enjoy their own recreational pursuits. For more information, you can visit the web site for the recreation center.
Given that this is a “new” community, the population density is that of mostly young couples and families with a few local professionals. According to the last census the median age for adults was between 25 to 40 years old and the majority of the children were 4 and under. As the community has grown, in addition to the two public schools, two private Catholic Schools have been built; the Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School and the Monsignor William Irwin Catholic School.
As of the last census, over 93% of the homes were owner occupied with families that had an average income of over $114,028 Canadian. Of that, 77% of the homes were single detached houses, 6% were either semi-detached, triplex, or fourplex, and 7% were row houses. The Apartment rental market comprises the remaining 11%. There are over 10 parks in the area, many of which are in walking distance of residential areas, two children’s play grounds and the Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve is a mere 5 minute drive away. This neighborhood was specifically designed to provide the “small town” feel to its residents despite being within a City. With beautifully landscaped and tree-lined roadways, rolling grassy knolls, ponds and lakes, is it no wonder that there is a 97% occupancy rate in Terwillegar?
There is very strong home ownership demand in Terwilleger and this is reflected strongly in the median home prices of the neighborhood. At the time of this writing, there were only 19 homes in the area for sale, the cheapest of which was $232,000 Canadian. The average price ranges between $400,000 and $600,000 Canadian for Single family homes while Row houses and townhomes range from $225,000 to $370,000.
Terwillegar Towne is a unique neighborhood, craftily located within the City that was specifically designed to meet certain aspirations and goals for its residence. With those goals being met, there is a strong desire by the community to maintain them and as such there is the Terwillegar Towne Residents Association.” Its rapid growth has proven that the formula works. More and more families are moving into Terwillegar Towne and making it the place that they call home.