Hodgson is located within the Terwillegar Heights Servicing Concept Design Brief area, and began to develop in the early 2000s. Prior to urban development, the land was used primarily for agricultural purposes. There was also limited residential uses, a few woodlots and a natural wetland located within the plan area. Whitemud Creek Ravine forms the eastern boarder of the neighbourhood, providing residents with access to one of Edmonton’s significant natural areas.
The neighbourhood began to experience the bulk of its residential development in the early 2000s, and the housing mix is split between low and medium density housing forms. Access into the neighbourhood is provided by Rabbit Hill Road and 23rd Avenue. A large park is located at the centre of the neighbourhood, and smaller parks and natural areas are connected with pedestrian pathways. A commercial/employment centre is located in the southwest corner of the neighbourhood. Residents have easy access to the Riverbend shopping area and also to the Terwillegar Towne centre outside their neighbourhood.
The Hodgson neighbourhood was named after John Hodgson (1888-1969) who was the city comptroller and financial commissioner for the City of Edmonton for nearly 40 years. John Hodgson came to Edmonton from England in 1913, where he had worked as a chartered accountant. In Edmonton, John Hodgson worked as the chief audit clerk, city comptroller and financial commissioner.
For additional info about Hodgson demographics please see http://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/Neighbourhoods/HodgsonDemographicProfile.pdf