Forest Heights is a sprawling neighbourhood that makes up the southwest section of Kitchener. Bordered by Highland Road West in the north, the Conestoga Parkway in the south and Ira Needles Boulevard in the west and Fischer Hallman Road in the east, the neighbourhood is a winding collection of crescents, drives and parks. The primarily residential area is one of the more established neighbourhoods in Kitchener, especially for families.
Within its borders are a number of schools, a long-term care facility, a library, a public pool, and the Forest Heights Community Centre, which has been in operation since 1998 and includes a gymnasium and three program rooms and is the headquarters for the Forest Heights Community Association. Specifically, the schools in the area are:
– Meadowlane Public School (J1-06)
– Westheights Public School (07-08)
– John Darling Public School (JA-06)
– Driftwood Public School (JA-06)
– St. Mark Catholic School (Boundary)
– St. Paul Catholic School (Boundary)
– Forest Heights Collegiate Institute High School
– Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
The residential areas of the neighbourhood include mature tree-lined streets with prototypical suburban, two-story homes and bungalows. At the centre of the neighbourhood is Westheights Park, which contains a collection of sports fields, as well as a forest and a pond. The park acts as a central node around which a number of the sub-neighbourhoods are connected, and pedestrian and cycling paths wind through the park to connect these areas together. Helping to connect the expansive neighbourhood is also the Forest Heights Community Trail, which traverses the southern edge of the neighbourhood and links together Driftwood, Meadowlane and Forest West parks and allows pedestrians and cyclists convenient access to Highland Hills Mall in the northeast corner of the neighbourhood and beyond.
The neighbourhood is also conveniently located to the Conestoga Parkway and Fischer Hallman Road, both of which provide easy access to the entire Twin Cities. The western boundary of Ira Needles Boulevard also allows quick access to The Boardwalk, Kitchener-Waterloo’s largest shopping complex with large department stores and a theatre. The community is also serviced by a number of bus routes providing access across the region. Bus services are focused on a terminal at Highland Hills Mall.