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Rolston’s family-friendly nature stems from it being a smaller neighbourhood, which makes it easier for residents to get to know each other. The neighbourhood has slightly higher proportions of children and seniors compared to nearby neighbourhoods, and programming at the local library and recreation centre reflects this. About a quarter of the neighbourhood’s residents identify as a visible minority, making Rolston a diverse place to live. Rolston’s proximity to major highways provides residents with easy access to the rest of the city.
Located southwest of downtown Hamilton, Rolston extends from Garth Street in the west to West 5th Street in the east, and from Mohawk Road Win the north to the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway in the south. The neighbourhood is easily walkable and offers public transportation, so residents can easily travel throughout the city. Parks and a recreation centre provide activities for people of all ages, and the neighbourhood library offers a variety of programming.
Many entertainment options can be found in nearby neighbourhoods. Movie lovers living in the Rolston neighbourhood can choose from two theatres: Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster (located in the Meadowlands neighbourhood west of Rolston) or SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas (located in the Albion Falls neighbourhood east of Rolston). Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster features one IMAX screen, one DBOX screen, four 3D screens, ten regular screens, and two party rooms. SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas offers one DBOX screen, six 3D screens, one UltraAVX screen, ten regular screens, and two party rooms. A great shopping option is CF Lime Ridge, located in the Bruleville neighbourhood east of Rolston, which features over 100 stores and services including clothing, housewares, gifts, accessories, electronics, health and beauty, jewelry, optometry, banking, travel advising, sporting goods, and a large food court.
Residents of Rolston must also look outside of their neighbourhood for dining options.Lemongrass Restaurant on Garth Street (south of Rolston) offers fresh, bright flavours with its variety of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The elegantly decorated space provides a nice place to gather, and the restaurant also provides catering for private functions. Nellie’s Fish and Chips Restaurant on Mohawk Road W (west of Rolston) features a combination of Chinese, classic diner, and fish and chips dishes in a comfortable space. The busy location offers large portions and friendly service. Exotic flavours can be found at Alamin Charcoal Flame on Upper James Street (east of Rolston), a Mediterranean/Indian establishment with a varied menu. Behind the unassuming exterior and counter-style system is plenty of interesting, satisfying fare. A unique, pet-friendly experience can be had at Munchies Coffee House and BARKery on Upper Gage Avenue (east of Rolston), which offers human and dog-safe baked goodies in one place. The casual spot allows dog owners to dine with their pets, and there are many toys and products available for purchase.
Rolston is a mix of single-family detached homes, side-by-sides, condos, and apartment buildings. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $278,195, which is much lower than the average price for single-detached homes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Rolston is 4,700, and this has increased slightly over the past 15 years. Families make up 41% of the population here, 35% are couples, and 24% are single. The average annual income is $71,115, which is similar to the average annual income in the city as a whole, and 48% of residents are university or college educated.
Heavy traffic and industry in the city of Hamilton affect the air quality of the Rolston neighbourhood at times. Noise can be an issue in the areas closest to main roadways/highways.
Rolston doesn’t experience a usual amount of crime compared to other neighbourhoods nearby, and the most common types of crime in the neighbourhood are motor vehicle theft and robbery.
Westwood Elementary School, Westview Elementary School, and Westmount Secondary School are all public schools in the neighbourhood and are operated by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School and Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School are two Catholic school options in the neighbourhood. While there are no post-secondary options directly in the neighbourhood, there are some nearby, including Mohawk College (offering programs in business, arts, healthcare, social work, trades, and technology), and Canadian Career College. Closer to Hamilton’s downtown (northeast of Rolston) is McMaster University, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a number of fields.
Hamilton Street Railway bus routes 35 (College), 41 (Mohawk), and 41A (Mohawk East) run through Rolston and connect the neighbourhood to other areas of Hamilton, including downtown.
Rolston has a few parks and greenspaces within its boundaries, including King’s Mead Park, a parkette with open greenspace and treed areas; Newlands Park, which has a picnic shelter, walking paths, flowerbeds, a play structure, and swings; and Captain Cornelius Park, featuring soccer fields, play structures, swings, walking paths, and a natural space with a forest and grassy areas. Parks in nearby neighbourhoods include William McCullough Park in the Gilbert neighbourhood (west of Rolston), a large sports park that has baseball diamonds, a play structure, and swings; Buchanan Park in the Buchanan neighbourhood (north of Rolston), featuring baseball diamonds, swings, and two play structures; and Gourley Park in the Gourley neighbourhood (south of Rolston), with a forested area, a basketball court, tennis courts, play structures, a picnic shelter, walking paths, and a spray pad.
Westmount Recreation Centre provides drop-in programs for youth and registered classes and programs for people of all ages. The centre features two pools, bookable rooms for meetings and workshops, exercise equipment, a gymnasium, a dance studio, and a youth room. Classes and programs offered include dance, swimming, aquafit, fitness, after school, board games, badminton, pickle ball, and bocce.The Hamilton Public Library (Terryberry branch) is also located in Rolston and features reading/study space, a computer training lab, free Wi-Fi, public use computers, a digital media lab, and programs for people of all ages.