This new neighbour is north of Stoney Trail on the east side of 14 St NW. It’s expected that Carrington will take a decade to be built on the 397-acre (161 hectare) parcel of land.
This area of the North West is very scenic, with rolling prairie and lush pastures stretching out across the horizon towards Airdrie. This area is well served by Calgary’s major roadways and is close to existing amenities such as Creekside Shopping Centre and Evanston Towne Centre, not to mention Cross Iron Mills on the QEII Highway at Balzac.
Carrington is designed in a theme similar to other North West communities, with thoughtful use of space. Therefore, 10 acres (4 hectares) will be set aside as environmental reserve; 19 acres (7.6 hectares) will be comprised of ponds as part of the storm water management. A further 19 acres (7.6 hectares) will be developed as park space.
Rather than create one large park in the middle of the community, the dedicated space for parks will be spread out so all areas of the neighbourhood have open space.
The entire community of Carrington will be pedestrian-centric with pathways and thoughtful placement of sidewalks.
During the first phase of development beginning early next year, the Parks Foundation Calgary greenway will be incorporated into the community. This greenway will provide continuity between 55 Calgary neighbourhoods. Known as the Rotary Mattamy Greenway, this corridor will loop throughout the city providing 138-kilometres of interrupted greenspace. It promises to be the longest urban system in the world.
Carrington will offer a unique streetscape and incorporate many styles of homes. That includes town homes, single-family dwellings with front-drive garages and several never-before seen home styles and new architecture.
Choosing the North West
The North West and South East quadrants of Calgary are the fastest growing areas of the city. Of all new communities, Evanston is growing the most quickly.
The North West has many advantages over some of Calgary’s other areas, particularly for those who love to ski or travel. Getting out of town west to the mountains is incredibly fast via Stoney Trail and the new interchange at the Trans-Canada Highway.
The Calgary International Airport is a quick drive east on Stoney Trail and North West residents can avoid traffic slow-downs on Deerfoot Trail.
Residents of the North West also claim that traffic downtown is quicker during rush hour via Crowchild Trail. Accessible from the north on Sarcee and Shaganappi Trails, Crowchild Trail on the north side has no traffic lights until 24 Ave NW.
Other amenities located in Calgary’s North West include the University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), McMahon Stadium, Foothills Athletic Park and of course, Winsport Canada Olympic Park.
The new neighbourhood of Carrington will be an excellent addition to the number of new neighbourhoods in this quadrant. It will bring more housing options for young families looking for a modern home in a contemporary neighbourhood.