Blossom Park neighbourhoods in Ottawa-Gatineau
Blossom Park is a charming neighbourhood located in Ottawa's south end, though was originally in Gloucester, before the 2001 municipal amalgamation. Blossom Park lies south of Hunt Club Road and east of the Airport Parkway, and has Conroy Road to its east and the NCC Greenbelt to its south.
Home to many schools, parks, and a large public library. The mall (the largest on Ottawa's South side) contains large grocery stores, dentists, hair stylists, bargain outlets, a dentist office, and the new Blossom Park Library.
OC Transpo's South-end Transit Station guarantees transportation to everywhere in Ottawa. The north south O-Train rail line pass near the western edge of the neighbourhood, at the South Keys station.
South Keys is the portion along the O-Train line, east of Bank Street, north of Hunt Club, and includes the big box shopping area. Emerald Woods-Sawmill Creek, between Bank St & Albion Rd, is named for the creek and parklands that runs diagonally through the community. Blossom Park-Timberrmill is the area south of Hunt Club, betwee Bank St an Conroy Rd, which is wrapped around Pine Grove Park. Greenboro East lies north of Hunt Club Rd, between Albion and Conroy Rd, and is domkinated by nicely connected greenspaces. Hunt Club Park lies north of Hunt Club Rd, eat of Controy, and west of Hawthorne, which has the Pine Grove Foret Reserve to the south, and light industrial lands to the north and east
The area was cleared and farmed by Scottish and Irish settlers in the early 1800s. The farmers here used the Metcalfe Road, later known as Highway 31 (and in Ottawa, Bank Street) to access markets. The first reference to "Blossom Park" was in a subdivision plan submitted to Gloucester Township in 1911, which included a street grid, but little development happened here until the 1950s with bungalows along Central Boulevard (now Kingsdale Avenue) in the southern portion of Blossom Park. The Aladdin Drive-In on Albion Road was a major local attraction from 1948 until its demolition in the 1990s. The Kmart Plaza (now the Blossom Park Shopping Centre) opened in 1970, and transit service to the community began in 1972.
Blossom Park is a relatively new neighbourhood, with only 1% of homes pre-dating 1960, 14% built 1961-1970, 38% built 1971-1980, 28% built 1981-1990, 10% built 1991-200, and 6% since 2001. Blossom Park had 12,000 dwellings, of which 34% were single family, 4% are semi-detached, 43% are row houses, and 7% were low-rise apartments, and 10% were in high rise apartments. The great majority (76%) of residents owned their homes and 24% rented
Blossom Park has 4 Catholic elementary schools, 3 public elementary schools, and a public library.
The South Keys mall is not far away, to the west. There is also a small mall with a Farm Boy grocery store, Dollar it! , and Giant Tiger bargain outlets.
Blossom Park has access to lots of parkland along Sawmill Creek, and in the Pine Grove Park, as well as an indoor pool at Sawmill Creek Park. The multiplex cinemas are also nearby at South Keys.