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Lackner Woods Area in Kitchener

Welcome to WRX Property Group (the website). Today, as we continue in our series on the neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo, we move once more toward the eastern edge of Kitchener. Today’s neighbourhood is: Lackner Woods. Territorially, Lackner Woods makes up the southern part of the Idlewood community, and together with the neighbourhoods of Chicopee, Centreville, Heritage Park, Rosemount, Stanley Park, and Grand River (North and South), they comprise the wider community of Eastern Kitchener. This region – stretching between Highway 8, the Grand River, and Ottawa Street North – is served by the Centreville-Chicopee Community Association. Today’s focus, however, will of course be Lackner Woods. Its boundaries are made up approximately by Springmount Drive and Templeton Drive in the north; Lackner Boulevard in the east; Fairway Road North in the south; and Old Chicopee Drive in the west.

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Lackner Woods is a smaller neighbourhood, on the one hand, but it’s part of a much broader community, on the other. The question on everyone’s mind is: what’s it like there? Lackner Woods is a fairly established neighbourhood, meaning streets are lined with mature trees, and most of the houses are a few decades old. To be sure, though, Lackner Woods is neither one of the oldest, nor one of the newest parts of Kitchener in terms of development. As Goldilocks might say (if she were real), “It’s just right.” Prices for homes in Lackner Woods tend to range between $350 000 to over $800 000, with many properties around $400 000 – $600 000 (houses in this price range would typically fall around, or just below, 2000 square feet, give or take). It’s a particularly good neighbourhood for a family looking for their starter home. If you’d like to know more about a property in Lackner Woods (or anywhere else in Kitchener-Waterloo) please feel free to contact us; we’ll do everything we can to answer your questions and provide you with the information you’re after.

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Location

Looming large over Lackner Woods is, of course, Chicopee. The Chicopee Ski Club and Summer Resort has been a Kitchener-Waterloo gem for nearly a century, ever since a determined group of businessmen decided the Region should be able to enjoy Canada’s snowy winters. It started out as simply a ski club, but today it offers activities for all ages, in both summer and winter. During the winter alone, guests can enjoy alpine skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Chicopee has 11 different trails (of varying difficulties) and several ski lifts. During the summer, Chicopee has facilities for rock-climbing, volleyball, tennis, disc golf, and more. Summer and winter camps are available (for several different age groups), and there are several options for memberships and day passes.


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The northern section of Lackner Woods is dominated by Springmount Park. This large green area has dense, forested areas, as well as a network of trails, which lead down along Idlewood Creek, and to Briarfield Park in the south. Idlewood Creek is one of the major natural features in Lackner Woods, and the City of Kitchener has invested over $1 million to rehabilitate it and make it the best creek it can be. A long, pleasant stroll along the newly renovated Idlewood Creek as it winds its way to the Grand River is something Lackner Woods residents can look forward to in the not too distant future. Speaking of the Grand River… Lackner Woods residents have great access to the M. R. Good Family Trailway. This is one of 19 Access Points to the much larger Walter Bean Grand River Trail. The Walter Bean Trail is a 78 kilometer track that in the south, where Cambridge and the Township of North Dumfries meet. It then winds northward, following the Grand River all the way to the border between Waterloo and the Township of Woolwich. This beautiful trail is great exercise, and a wonderful way to experience the Region.

There is very little to speak of in terms of shopping within Lackner Woods, but there is a plaza fairly nearby (the Lackner Centre) which includes a Food Basics, as well as several restaurants and shops. Around the general area of the Lackner Centre are several sports facilities, as well as the Grand River Stanley Park Community Library (part of the Kitchener Public Library network – a great place to hang out or participate in events). Residents looking for more shopping, though, can simply head west along Fairway, and they’ll eventually reach the robust shopping opportunities around Weber Street East and Fairview Park Mall (the largest enclosed mall in Kitchener-Waterloo).

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Activities

As I mentioned earlier, Lackner Woods (and its surrounding neighbourhoods) is currently served by the Centreville-Chicopee Community Association (CCCA). The CCCA is based in the Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre near the intersection of King Street East and Fairway Road South. Neighbourhood and Community Associations exist throughout Kitchener-Waterloo. They’re run primarily from volunteers within their particularly within their respective neighbourhoods, and they serve a variety of purposes: organizing and running local events; connecting members of the community with one another; and representing the community and its needs as a whole, particularly in pursuit of political ends (such as grants). Each Neighbourhood Association offers its own distinct services. The CCCA offers quite a few programs for Lackner Woods residents (and residents of the broader, east Kitchener area), including programs for pre-schoolers run throughout the year, and programs and workshops for children, teens, and adults in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. One example is the COPS program, run in affiliation with the Kitchener Fire Department, Waterloo Regional Police, and the City of Kitchener; it gives children the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports and outdoors activities.


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Education

Though there are no schools within the boundaries of Lackner Woods itself, there are several nearby. Students living in Lackner Woods who are part of the public school board (WRDSB) will attend Chicopee Hills Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6. This school, located by the intersection of Lackner Boulevard and Fairway Road North, has a student population of around 560 and is fully accessible. For Grades 7 and 8, students will then move on to Sunnyside Public School. Finally, for high school, Lackner Woods residents are zoned for Eastwood Collegiate Institute (you can read more about E.C.I. in its WRX article here). For Eastwood and Sunnyside, bussing is available, as they’re a bit further away from the neighbourhood. Students in the Catholic school board (WCDSB) will attend Saint John Paul II Catholic Elementary School for Kindergarten to Grade 8. This school’s located just on the other side of Chicopee from Lackner Woods. For high school, students are zoned for St. Mary’s Catholic High School – due to its relative distance, bussing is available.

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Conclusion

Lackner Woods is a lovely little suburb, with fair prices and fine homes. Because shopping isn’t particularly close by, residents here may want to make use of public transit (particularly for groceries) if they don’t have access to a vehicle. But the numerous natural attractions – and the quiet suburban streets – are enough to make this a great place to call home.

Written by Will Kummer

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