Greenfield Park, Quebec


Greenfield Park, Quebec

Infobox Settlement
name = Greenfield Park, Quebec
settlement_type = Borough
official_name = Borough of Greenfield Park
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motto = Fortis Fortunam Superat
(Latin for "Fortune Favours the Brave")


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map_caption = City of Longueuil
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subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = QC
subdivision_type2 = City
subdivision_name2 = Longueuil
leader_title = Borough President
leader_name = Bernard Constantini
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established_title = Established
established_date = March 24, 1911
established_title2 = Merger with Longueuil
established_date2 = January 1, 2002
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population_total = 17084
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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website = [http://ville.longueuil.qc.ca/vw/asp/siteweb/Accueil.asp?CHANG_ARROND=30 www.ville.longueuil.qc.ca]
footnotes = Area code = 450

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

eigneury 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. [http://www.geocities.com/heartland/hills/5559/ Greenfield Park Historical Society] ]

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 . . ." [http://www.geocities.com/heartland/cabin/1066/16greenfieldpark.html History of Greenfield Park] .]
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..] [http://home.primus.ca/~branch94/ Greenfield Park Legion] .]

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. .] [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/highlight/ETO/Table1.cfm?T=501&Lang=E&GV=4&GID=2458015&Prov=24&S=1&O=D Ethno-Cultural Portait of Canada] .]

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

Historical Population .]

Education

Primary
* Greenfield Park International/École Internationale de Greenfield Park
* St. Jude Elementary
* École Primaire Pierre Laporte

Secondary
* Centennial Regional High School
* École Secondaire Participative l'Agora
* École Internationale Saint-Edmond

Adult Education
* CEA des 16–18 ans

Religion

Protestant
* Anglican: St. Paul's Anglican Church
* United Church of Canada: Greenfield Park United Church [http://gpkunited.tripod.com/]
* Baptist: Greenfield Park Lutheran Church [http://www.gpbc.net/]
* Mormon: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Pentecostal: South Shore Community Church
Roman Catholic
* Saint Mary Church [http://www.dsjl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=9]
* Église Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys [http://www.dsjl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=9]

Transportation


=RTL buses=

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

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

Important roadways

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

Places of interest

* Mail Carnaval, shopping mall
* Place Greenfield Park, strip mall
* Cynthia Coull Arena
* Pierre Laporte Park, home of the Greenfield Park Packers

Notable people

*Elisha Cuthbert, actress
*Garry Galley, former NHL player
*Steve Green, professional baseball player
*Émilie Heymans, Olympic diver
*Anthony Kavanagh, stand-up comic
*Julie Masse, singer
*Torrey Mitchell, NHL player
*Isabelle Morneau, soccer player
*Craig Norman, basketball coach
*Nils Oliveto, actor/screenwriter
*Kevin Parent, singer/songwriter
*Stéphane Roy, electroacoustic music composer
*Myriane Samson, figure skater
*Julie Snyder, Television Presenter
*Cynthia Coull, Olympic figure-skater
*Dan Wilcox, painter
*Wally Weir, former NHL player
*Wally Zatylny, CFL Football player
*Steve Zatylny, CFL Football player
*Paul Adey, International Hockey Player
*Bill Knight, Canadian and NCAA Track Star
*Beryl Rodriques Centre, Canadian Basketball Champs, Int'l Track Star

Geographic location

Canadian City Geographic Location (8-way)
Northwest = LeMoyne (Longueuil)
North = Laflèche (Longueuil)
Northeast =
West = St. Lambert
Centre = Borough of Greenfield Park
East = St. Hubert (Longueuil)
Southwest = Préville (St. Lambert)
South = Brossard
Southeast =

ee also

* Municipal reorganization in Quebec
* List of mayors of Longueuil, Quebec
* Longueuil City Council
* Boroughs of Longueuil
* Urban Agglomeration of Longueuil

References

External links

* [http://www.longueuil.ca/vw/asp/gabarits/Gabarit.asp?ID_CATEGORIE=18&ID_MESSAGE=168&CAT_RAC=12 Official Website of the city of Longueuil]
* [http://www.geocities.com/heartland/hills/5559/ Greenfield Park Historical Society]
* [http://www.geocities.com/heartland/cabin/1066/16greenfieldpark.html History of Greenfield Park]
* [http://greenfieldparkgazette.com The Greenfield Park Gazette]
* [http://home.primus.ca/~branch94/ Greenfield Park Legion]
* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0010758 The Canadian Encyclopedia: Greenfield Park]
* [http://gfpk100.myevent.com/ Greenfield Park Centennial]


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