Crestwood Community League is the oldest continuous Community League in Edmonton and Alberta. It is believed to be the oldest continuous Community League in North America.
Situated in Northwest Edmonton, our community was founded in 1917 by a group of residents, and was based on the concept of a Neighbourhood and Social Club, whose origins are from New York State. We were known as the 142 Street Community League.
Eventually, we expanded to include civic, social and recreational activities.
Despite many challenges over the decades, this philosophy continues to exist within our community. The first President, George Hall, had applied the “Social Club” concept to the community as a whole with the objective of creating a place where social activities and current events could be engaged. Many neighbourhoods quickly followed this league formation and the EFCL was formed a few years later.
Crestwood is bounded by green space on three sides. We are nestled up against the North Saskatchewan River on the east with McKinnon Ravine on the north and MacKenzie Ravine on the south.
Crestwood is centrally located with easy access to downtown, the west end, and to freeways taking you to the south side of the city.
We have two schools, six churches and one shopping centre. A curling arena and an Esso gas station are also within the boundaries.
Demographics 2012 census
In the City of Edmonton’s 2012 municipal census, Crestwood had a population of 2,323 living in 956 dwellings. With a land area of 1.15 km (0.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 2,020 people/km2 in 2012.
Approximately nine out of ten dwellings in the neighbourhood are single-family dwellings, with the majority of these being owner occupied. Almost all of the remaining residences are apartments, which are almost all rented. The average household has 2.6 people, with one in four households having four people or more. Most of the houses in Crestwood (72%) were built between the end of World War II and 1960.
There are two schools located in the neighbourhood: Crestwood Elementary Junior High School operated by the Edmonton Public School System and St. Paul Elementary School operated by the Edmonton Catholic School System.
Crestwood is an above average household income neighbourhood.
Crestwood installed solar panels on the roof of the community hall in the winter of 2015. In addition, we replaced all high use electric lighting with LED.