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Springbrook entrance sign

Red Deer Regional Airport

mounted Harvard trainer

Springbrook homes

former Mynarski Park

Springbrook fire hall

summer cadet training

hockey academy

Oak St. turnaround playground

mounting the Harvard



Aerial view of Springbrook Alberta
Mynarski neighbourhood ParkSpringbrook Alberta is a hamlet in the County of Red Deer, Canada, developed after the sale of Canadian Forces Base Penhold to private developers in 1995. The original residential area built in the early 1950's was once called Mynarski Park, named after a World War II fighter pilot hero who died saving another as their plane went down in combat.
cadet flag ceremonyThe hamlet includes what was once the active military base, now referred to as Harvard Park, and includes a training facility, several businesses and a new residential area. The barracks area is still used for cadet training in the summer.

visiting F18

Adjoining Springbrook is the Red Deer Regional Airport, home to several businesses, most of which are aviation related. It is also home to the Red Deer International Air Show staged every couple of years in early August.
Situated in the centre of one of the fastest growing economic and transportation corridors in the country, Springbrook has a current year round population of around 1000 but will likely expand dramatically over the next five to ten years.
Alberta Central Railway bridge over Red Deer RiverLocated about 7 km. from the city of Red Deer and about 4 km. from the town of Penhold, Springbrook is adjacent to the main Edmonton-Calgary Canadian Pacific Railway line and Highway 2A. About 1 km. east is Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway, part of the Canamex north-south continental highway system. Also nearby are Gasoline Alley (a commercial and industrial strip south of Red Deer), the Red Deer River, the historic Calgary and Edmonton Trail and a major trestle across the river on the abandoned right of way of the Alberta Central Railway.

recreation facilityThe community boasts a private recreational facility built for the armed forces that includes a gymnasium, weight room, theatre (now the community centre), curling rink (now a hockey training facility), a general store, restaurant-lounge, 3 new playgrounds (one named after A.C. Mynarski), an all-purpose pad, a new fire hall and meeting and training facilities.

new fire hallFuture plans include the expansion of the airport, residential and industrial development, a new major sports field, an elementary school and possibly a new regional high school, a new community centre, new trails including a section of the Trans Canada Trail, an aviation museum, a second road access, and possibility high speed rail in the next 10 years.
(proposed Heritage Urban Design Plan 2007)


Waskasoo CreekWaskasoo
Creek meanders along the Hwy. 2A - CPR corridor from south-east of Penhold, past Springbrook, through Red Deer College to the Red Deer River in central Red Deer. Waskasoo is a Cree word for 'red elk' or 'wapiti', named after the abundance of elk in the area. The Red Deer River was named by the aboriginals as 'Waskasoo Seepee' or 'Elk River'. The early settlers renamed it after thinking the local elk were related to the 'red deer' of Scotland.
Springbrook is the largest hamlet (pop. 1,000) in Red Deer County and contains about one third of the population of Division 3.

Summary of Issues Impacting Springbrook and Division 3 (Photo Summary)
Summary of Issues Impacting Springbrook and Division 3 (Detailed)

History of the Penhold Base

My vision for Springbrook

A vibrant, diversified and beautiful community with its unique small town character that values its:

       - military heritage and history,

       - people of all ages and backgrounds,

       - peaceful environment, and

       - convenient location.

aerial view of recreation and open spaces of Springbrook     aerial view of former CFB Penhold
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