Carlington / Experimental Farm Neighbourhoods of Ottawa-Gatineau
Carlington, a quiet community located south of Carling Ave, between Clyde Ave and the Central Experimental Farm agricultural lands. The community is home to the Carlington Industrial Park, alongside the Queensway/417, between Kirkwood and Maitland. Carlington Hill, in the middle of the community used to be a ski hill and is now a City-approved sledding hill. The western part of the hill, formerly quarried for limestone for the production of cement, is now used as a city snow dump, and the top of the hill has a water pump station.
For other amenities, the community is close to the Ottawa Royal Hospital, and hotels at Carling & Queensway. The community has two churches; St. Elizabeth's Church and St Teklehaimanot Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (Ethiopian Orthodox) and a synagogue called Agudath Israel Congregation.
Central Park, just south of Carlington, is a newly built neighbourhood and located across Merivale Road from the Central Experimental Farm. Central Park, built by Ashcroft Homes, provides a variety townhomes, semi-detached, and single homes, as well as a retirement home and condo tower. The area, with its New York-themed street names has about 1000 homes, and continues to be developed
Close proximity to the Queensway makes this Ottawa neighbourhood an easy commute by car or transit to downtown or the city's western commercial areas.
The community has a population of about 15,000.
Carlington has some 400 older pre-1945 homes along Fisher Avenue, and 2000 newer dwellings were built from 1945 to 1960 further away. Houses built immediately after World War II for returning veterans, and street names from that era reflect this military heritage. An additional 1400 homes were built during the 1960s, and again in the1970s. Since then only 400 homes were added to the community. These days, larger new homes are replacing some of the smaller veteran's homes.
Homes in the Central Park neighbourhood are fairly new, having been built in the late 1990s and early 2000s. There are also retirement and nursing homes in the neighbourhood.
One of Canada's biggest community project housings is on Caldwell Avenue featuring two high rises and many townhouses.
Carlington is a somewhat older neighbourhood which has experienced some re- development in recent decades. While 10% of homes pre-dated 1946, 44% were built 1946 -1960, and 36% were built 1961 -1980, 15% were buit 1981-1990, and another 9% were built since 1981. The community's 4,500 dwellings are 28% single-detached, 7% are semi-detached, 13% are row houses, 23% are apartments in buildings over 5 stories, 26% were apartments lower than 5 stories, and 3.4% were other types of dwellings. Most of the residents (64%) rented and 36% owned their homes.
The community has three English public elementary, a French emersion elementary, and English Catholic elementary, two middle schools, and is home to St. Nicholas Adult High School (Catholic School Board) and the Turnbull School and Learning Centre (private school). For high schools, students go to Nepean High School, Glebe, Woodroffe, Elizabeth Wyn Wood or Merivale High School. It is also a short commute to Algonquin College and Carleton University.
The former Laurentian High School was demolished in 2009/2011 to become Laurentian Place featuring Wal-Mart and other stores.
Shopping, restaurants and amenities are found along Merivale Road, which cuts diagonally through the community. Westgate Shopping Centre is just north of the Queensway, and the busy Merivale Shopping district is nearby, south of Baseline Dr.
There are several community centres in the neighbourhood: Alexander Community Centre, Bellevue Community Centre, Carlington Recreation Centre, J. Deude. Parks include Carlington Park, which has the Carlington Toboggan Hill, the J. Alph Deude Arena and 4 softball diamonds. There are others park which are Bellevue Manor, Alexander, Harold, Meadowvale, Raven Park, and John Smith Field.
South of the neighbourhood lies the NCC recreational path connecting to the Experimental Farm, the Rideau Canal, and Parliament Hill. There is also the Boy Scouts of Canada Museum on Baseline Road east of Merivale.