The Midfield Trailer Park in northeast Calgary is now officially a place of the past.
Almost four years after the city decided to close the park, Monday marked the last day to move out. Excavators were already on hand removing any trace of the trailers that once stood in the tight-knit community.
It’s a moment that has been coming since May 2014 when the city handed out eviction notices because of deteriorating water and sewer lines for the roughly 170 trailers on site, although the residents fought that decision in court.
They were originally supposed to leave last September, but that was delayed until a judge ruled in December that the city had followed the law. The new eviction date was set for Feb. 19, which happens to be Family Day in Alberta.
The saga started in 2007 when the city said the mobile home park needed to be closed due to its deteriorating condition and residents would be relocated to a new park on 84th Street N.E.
By 2014, though, the relocation plan was scrapped due to costs, but the plan to close Midfield in 2017 was left in place.
The city offered $10,000 for each trailer, and up to an additional $10,000 for moving expenses.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in December the site will eventually be redeveloped, but the city doesn’t have a plan for that yet.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.