Buena Vista is an older suburban subdivision in the centre of Saskatoon, that was within the city limits when Saskatoon was incorporated in 1906. In 1910 house lots in the area were being advertised for $275, as of March 2013 the average sale price for single family homes in the area is $325,000.
There are 3 parks in the area, including Buena Vista Park, was designed by noted American landscape architect U. Morell in 1911-1912. According to a 1913 map of registered subdivisions, the riverbank portion of the current neighbourhood was originally named the Monroe Addition. The majority of residential construction was done before 1946, and after a few decades of very little construction, infill housing projects jumped starting after 1996.
Buena Vista 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, 2008 and 2011.
Provincially, the area is within the constituency of Saskatoon Nutana. It is currently represented by Cathy Sproule of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, first elected in 2011.
In Saskatoon's non-partisan municipal politics, Buena Vista lies within ward 6. It is currently represented by Councillor Charlie Clark, first elected in 2006.
Buena Vista School forms an integral part of the neighbourhood. It was designed in the Collegiate Gothic style by Scottish architect David Webster, who had previously designed several similar-looking schools in the city (King George, King Edward, Albert, Westmount, Caswell and Alexandra). The cornerstone was laid by school board secretary W.P. Bate on June 9, 1913 and the first rooms opened on April 1, 1914. Six more rooms opened in September of the same year.
The Buena Vista Community Association has a close working relationship with Buena Vista School and is actively involved in maintaining the community outdoor rink and playground equipment on school grounds, even helping with school field trips. It coordinates community events, leisure programs for all ages and sports programs for children/youth.
Brevoort Park is also home to Kilburn Hall, a detention facility for youth offenders.
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