Carleton Junction: Four Season fun in Lanark County’s newest park

Whether you’re looking for a spot to cycle, skateboard, walk, or for a place to unwind with some outdoor fun, the Town of Carleton Place’s newest park will offer four-seasons of activities. Construction on the 4.5-acre green space, Carleton Junction, is beginning in 2018, creating an outdoor recreation area that is sure to become the gem in this community’s crown.

Named in recognition of Carleton Place’s railway history and the former ‘Carleton Junction’ stop on the rail line, Carleton Place’s newest park will flank the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail (OVRT), the former rail line recently converted into a four-season recreation trail running from Carleton Place to Mississippi Mills. Serving both motorized and non-motorized users, the OVRT in Carleton Place will stretch from Coleman Street to Town Line Road, and will feature two paths running parallel through town, one with a gravel base and the other paved.

Located behind the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers (CCWG) building in downtown Carleton Place, the park will be a community and recreation hub, offering activities for 12 months of the year, and is expected to become the heart of the Carleton Place community. With a train-themed play structure, skateboard area, NHL-sized outdoor rink, trails, pavilion, and outdoor stage, Carleton Junction will have something for everyone to enjoy.

While the park area and facilities will enhance the community green space, the pièce de résistance will surely be the exciting planned addition of a bicycle pump track, an off-road terrain for mountain biking that features a circuit of banked turns and bumps, and is a popular attraction for cyclists of all skill levels. With an anticipated size of 30-metres by 60-metres, the Carleton Junction pump track will become one of less than half-a-dozen outdoor tracks currently found in Ontario.

Cyclists and pedestrians can begin using the OVRT in Carleton Place in 2018, while construction on the remaining facilities at Carleton Junction will continue into 2019, just in time for the town’s 200th anniversary. Whether you’re biking, walking, skateboarding, rollerblading, or just want to have fun, Carleton Junction will be the go-to recreation hub for the region.