Saskatoon Home Neighbourhoods: River Heights / Lawson Heights / Silverwood Heights
These communities lies north of downtown above Circle Drive and between Warman Rd / Wanuskewin Rd and the South Saskatchewan River. The area has excellent road access to the airport, industrial employment lands, the University of Saskatchewan across the River and to downtown. This area has grown in to Saskatoon's largest suburb
River Heights is the neighbourhood with 4,400 residents just south of the Mall at Lawson Heights and has homes ranging from the early 1960s into the early 1980s. The River Heights suburb has a population of 4,385 residents
Lawson Heights, named for homesteader from PEI, a Presbyterian minister Reverend Stephen George Lawson. Lawson Heights was developed in the 1970s thorough to the 1980s, and lies roughly south of Lenore Drive (51st Street) and between Warman Rd and the scenic Whiteswan Drive (which continues from Spadina Crescent further south) along the river. The streets are mostly crescents that are named after Saskatchewan lakes.
Silverwood Heights is the residential neighbourhood north of Lernore Dr (51st Street), an dhas Meewasin Park along the Saskatchewan River, several connected parks in the middle and the Silverwood Golf Course to the north. The area was settled as early as 1891 and by 1907 William Alexander "Billy" Silverwood had arrived from Ontario to set up a cattle feedlot and a water bottling plant. Early success attracted industry prior to World War I, but everything slowed down with the war. The area grew in the 1970s and 1980s as a modern car-focused residential suburb with cured streets leading to collector roads.
This neighbourhood has 4 public elementary schools, 4 Catholic elementary schools and is home to Marion M. Graham Collegiate a public secondary, and the Bishop James Mahoney High School, a Catholic secondary school. There is a public library in the Mall at Lawson Heights and the community is close to the SIAST Kelsey Institute to the south and the University of Saskatchewan across the river.
There is some convenience shopping in Silverwood Heights, but most area residents shop at the Mall at Lawson Heights
Along the riverfront is the Meewasin Park, and the Meewasin Trail recreational pathways, accessed nicely by Whiteswan Drive. In the middle of the community are two clusters of connected parks. Umea Vast Park (beside the Mall of Lawson Heights, has a civic centre, a wave pool, 7 baseball diamonds, 4 soccer/football fields, 3 tennis courts, 4 churches and3 schools.
North of Lenore Drive is the WJL Harvey Park which connects the lands of 5 schools. There are 3 soccer fields, and ball diamond and 4 tennis courts in the south park, and 9 ball diamonds, 3 outdoor ice rinks, and a wading pool in the north park. The 19 hectare Rochdlae park to the east of the others, has 5 baseball diamonds and 2 outdoor ice rinks, The Silverwood Heights Community Association organizes a variety of recreational, social, and educational programs for area residents.
River Heights: is about 80% owner occupied, and has homes averaging $256,0000 Lawson Hieghts homes average $260,000 and area 65% owner occupied, with a cluster of multi-family units north of the Mall along Cree Crescent and south of Lenore between Harvey and Rochdale parks. Silverwood Heights, home to 12,000 residents is mostly of single detached dwellings and some multiple-unit apartment and semi-detached dwellings with an average value f $195,000 and 80% owner-occupied. The newest homes were recently built, just north of the Silverwood Golf Course.