Stony Plain is an agricultural centre in Parkland County, just 15 minutes west of Edmonton on Highway 16 and 16A. Early settlers were attracted by plentiful water, fish and game in 1881. In 1892, the community's name was changed from Dogrump Creek to Stony Plain. 16 murals around the town's "Heritage Walk" depict the town's history.
The region is dominated by agricultural and other resource-based industry. Stoney Plain has a population of 12,000 (2006) and its stores & services support a market area of about 60,000 people. Stony Plain also has a newly constructed 68 bed WestView Health Centre (public hospital), an RCMP detachment, and a Provincial Court.
Annual events include Farmer's Day (mid June), A Taste of Stony Plain (early July), Blueberry Bluegrass Country Festival (early August), Cowboy Jazz (mid August), Harvest Festival Corn Roast (late August), Bull Bust 'n' Barn Burner (mid September).
Stony Plain is served by the Parkland School Division No. 70 and the Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division #2. Spruce Gove has 1 public elementary schools, 3 public elmentary/middle schools, and 1 public high school, as well as 1 Catholic elementary school, with older students bussed to nearby Spruce Grove. There other small private schools in the community. NorQuest College also operates a small satellite campus, offering a variety of adult academic upgrading programs.
Stony Plain has a number of stores and services in its central business district, along Highway 16A.
The Town of Stony Plain (with Spruce Grove) jointly owns & operates the new TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre sports complex. The town is home to several important civic and cultural institutions such as the Stony Plain Public Library, the Multicultural Heritage Centre, and the Pioneer Museum. The town has three major parks, a skate park, a BMX park, and a green path system running through the middle of the town.
Annual events & festivals include Farmers' Days (June), the Kinsmen rodeo, the Great White North Triathlon (July), the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival (August), the Cowboy Poetry and Country Music Gathering (August), the New Year's Eve Family Fest.
About 70% percent of homes in Stony Plain are single family detached homes, with another 15% being apartments under 5 storeys, and another 10% being semi-detached or townhouses. About 25% of homes in Stony Plain are rental dwellings, and 75% are owner occupied.
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