Maple is one of the newest developments in Edmonton, located in the Meadows region in the southeast quadrant of the city. This neighbourhood was established in 2010 with the announcement of the Maple Neighbourhood Structure Plan. As a relatively new real estate locale, Maple provides an excellent opportunity for those seeking to purchase brand new property in a quiet residential setting. Terrific new community facilities will be completed in 2014, which clearly signals that the city is interested in supporting residents of the Maple neighbourhood, especially families.
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In 2014, Maple will enjoy close access to the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, a new building that will provide residents of southeast Edmonton with fantastic new facilities. A new health centre will offer a weight training area, two fitness studios and a cardio area with a running track. The gymnasium will host basketball, badminton, gymnastics and volleyball games and feature an elevenmetre ceiling, spectator seating and a space divider. A new arena will have two NHL-sized ice surfaces. Outdoor facilities will include outdoor skating, baseball diamonds, spray parks and multi-use trails. Alongside the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, the 15,000 square foot Meadows Library will offer book lovers a reading garden and a culture court. Maple is also close to Wild Rose Park, Larkspur Park and Silver Berry Park.
The West Edmonton Mall is the biggest mall in North America and was the largest in the world until 2004. This sprawling complex features over 800 stores, the second largest indoor waterpark in the world, a saltwater habitat for sea lions, an ice rink, theatres, mini-golf and Galaxyland, which is the second largest indoor amusement park on Earth. Another superb stretch for consumers is located on Whyte Avenue in the Old Strathcona area, offering terrific shopping, dining and nightlife. Both Whyte Avenue and the West Edmonton Mall are located within a half-hour drive of Maple.Notable cultural facilities nearby include the Art Gallery of Alberta, which is located close to the North Saskatchewan River. The downtown area also features the Royal Alberta Museum and the Telus World of Science, both of which are also located only 30 minutes away from Maple.
The hospital closest to the Maple region is the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. This healthcare facility is located on 1100 Youville Drive West and features a 24-hour emergency department and 347 beds for the purposes of patient care.
The main street in the Maple region is Maple Road NW, which connects to 17 Street NW, leading to Whitemud Drive NW and Anthony Henday Drive. This links Maple with highways that lead to the rest of Edmonton and beyond.Highway 2, also known as the Queen Elizabeth Highway, runs north and south through and away from Edmonton, eventually connecting to Calgary in the south. The Yellowhead Highway is another major Edmonton highway, traversing the city and eventually leading to Jasper, west of Edmonton.The Edmonton Transit System services Maple via bus number 89, which finishes its route at Maple Way and Maple Road before carrying passengers to other parts of Edmonton.
A. Blair McPherson School, located at 430 Tamarack Green NW, provides education for children from Kindergarten up to Grade 9. The philosophy of this school revolves around the belief that all members of the community can grow to be successful and contribute to society. Velma E. Baker School is another option for elementary schools in the area, which operates under the motto "Growing into Greatness."Nearby secondary schools include J. Percy Page High School and Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Located at 2707 Mill Woods Road northwest, J. Percy Page High School focuses on delivering a superb, well-rounded education for students the community. Holy Trinity Catholic High School, situated at 7007 28 Avenue, is considered to be one of the finest academic high schools in the city, living by the motto "To Care, To Serve and To Share."
Residents of Maple share in the wealth of income generated by Alberta's oil reserves. Edmonton has one of the highest averages for household income in Canada, with approximate earnings of $107,659 per year as of 2012. The municipal property tax rate in 2013 was 0.0052854 percent while property tax derived for provincial education funds totalled 0.0025353 percent.The city determines property tax rates each year according to the amount of funds needed to provide services for residents, adjusting for changes in property value in order to ensure fair taxation. Households also pay additional property taxes for local improvement and community revitalization projects that increase the quality of living when the work specifically increases the quality of living in their immediate vicinity.
Edmonton is known as the city of festivals due to the many fantastic gatherings that take place annually, especially during warmer months. The longest running summer festival is K-Days, previously known as Klondike Days and Capital Ex. Originally established as the Edmonton Exhibition is 1879, this festival offers carnival rides, games, fireworks, live music, food, trade shows and other fun.The Edmonton Folk Music Festival started in 1980 and has grown to become one of the most significant folk music fests in North America. Another significant yearly event is the Canadian Finals Rodeo which takes place in November. This rodeo is considered the second most important in North America, second only to the National Finals Rodeo that takes place in Las Vegas.
The Edmonton International Fringe Festival is the second largest fringe theatre festival in the world, second only to Edinburgh's gathering. Other major festivals include the Edmonton Heritage Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Edmonton International Film Festival and the Free Will Shakespeare Festival. The newly developing Maple region promises a bright future for those, especially families, who take advantage of the opportunity to live in this new neighbourhood.
The area is close enough to allow residents to enjoy the many festivals and events that take place in Edmonton while being far enough from the noise of high-density residences. Continued investment in the neighbourhood will make it a prime target for both investment and families seeking a high-quality suburban lifestyle.