Briarwood is a residential neighbourhood located in the southeast part of Saskatoon. Unlike most Saskatoon neighbourhoods, which name streets to honour noteworthy individuals or places, Briarwood's streets all begin with the letter "B". This makes Briarwood and the neighbourhood of Eastview somewhat unique with their more generic street naming conventions.
The land where Briarwood now exists was originally farmland, owned by the late Mike Boychuk. He would become the owner of Boychuk Construction, a major Saskatoon homebuilder founded in 1945. Boychuk Drive, which forms Briarwood's western boundary, bears his name. The land was annexed by the city in the period between 1975 and 1979. Home construction began in 1988, but reached its peak between 1996 and 2001.
Briarwood exists within the federal electoral district of Blackstrap. It is currently represented by Lynne Yelich of the Conservative Party of Canada, first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Briarwood lies within ward 8. It is currently represented by Councillor Eric Olauson, who was first elected in 2012.
The Saskatoon Public School Division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division opted not to build schools in Briarwood, much to the resentment of some residents, who purchased homes assuming that schools would be built. A conflict ensued between homeowners and the land developers who wished to have the land rezoned for houses.
Briarwood is also home to many green spaces and parks:
- Briarwood Linear Park - 2.2 acres
- Briarwood Swale - 14.3 acres
- Briarwood Lake Park - 16.1 acres
- Briarwood Neighbourhood Park - 17.4 acres
The Briarwood Community Association represents local interests in discussions with the city on quality of life issues. To promote a sense of community, volunteers organize various events throughout the year, operate programs out of the Briarwood Recreation Centre and maintain the outdoor rink on Briarwood Pond.
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