Secord Neighbourhood Overview
Secord is a neighbourhood located in west Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It covers an area of approximately 2.5 square kilometres.
Secord is bounded to the north by Stony Plain Road (Highway 16A), south by 92 Avenue, east by Winterburn Road (215 Street), and west by 231 Street (Hillview Road / City Boundary).
The Lewis Farms Area Structure Plan, which was adopted on June 14, 1988, includes the neighbourhoods of Secord, Rosenthal, Breckenridge Green, Potter Greens, Sudder Greens, Webber Greens, Stewart Greens and Lewis Farms Industrial.
The Secord Neighbourhood Structure Plan was adopted by Council on September 10, 2007. Development of the central-eastern portion of the neighbourhood began soon after and has progressed westward and northwards, and then southwards. Development is still underway.
Once complete, the Secord neighbourhood will have a mix of low-density residential (83% of residential area / 63% of population), and medium-density residential (17% of residential area / 37% of population). The neighbourhood is about 50% developed as of 2019.
A commercial site is planned for the northwest corner, and there is an existing commercial area in the northeast corner. A Town Centre (mix of commercial and residential) is planned for the southeast corner of the neighbourhood. Two school-park sites (one Public (David Thomas King School) and one Catholic), and five stormwater management ponds are also planned (4 are constructed).
Why was the Neighborhood named Secord?
The neighbourhood is named in honour of Richard Secord. Richard H. Secord was hired in 1883 as the fourth teacher of the Edmonton public school. He was later approached by John McDougall to accept a position as a clerk. A partnership between McDougall and Secord soon materialized and he became a shrewd fur trader, invested in real estate, and eventually took up private banking. He also possessed a keen political mind and was elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature in 1902.