Fort Needham Memorial Park

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Fort Needham Memorial Park is one of the largest public open spaces in the north end of Halifax.  It provides recreational green space for local residents with a football field, backstop, tennis courts, a children’s playground and a recently added community garden. The park is also designated as an off-leash dog area.

Thank you for your interest. Upgrades to Fort Needham Memorial Park as outlined in the Fort Needham Master Plan were approved by Regional Council in October 2015. Phase 1 updates are underway and expected to be completed by December 2017 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.


The municipality is developing a park master plan for Fort Needham Memorial Park. The 6.3 hectare (15.5 acre) park is located in Halifax’s North End. Set on the top of a glacial drumlin, Halifax’s Other Hill has born witness to the history and evolution of Halifax, from its strategic location for defending the city and historic naval dockyards, to the devastation of the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917 and the rebirth of the community in the aftermath.

With the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion in 2017, this is an opportune time to develop an overall master plan for the Park. There are numerous sites throughout Halifax and Dartmouth that are intimately associated with the events of the Halifax Explosion. Fort Needham Memorial Park is the most notable of these sites, with the ceremonial gathering every year on December 6th at the base of the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower.

The purpose of the master plan will be to develop a design vision for the Park that balances the national and regional commemorative significance with the local recreational needs and open space objectives. .

[1] Halifax’s Other Hill – Fort Needham From Earliest Times; by Paul A. Erickson; Halifax Library call no. 971.622 E68h Published in 1984 by the Department of Anthropology, Stain Mary’s University.


Thank you for your interest. Upgrades to Fort Needham Memorial Park as outlined in the Fort Needham Master Plan were approved by Regional Council in October 2015. Phase 1 updates are underway and expected to be completed by December 2017 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.


The municipality is developing a park master plan for Fort Needham Memorial Park. The 6.3 hectare (15.5 acre) park is located in Halifax’s North End. Set on the top of a glacial drumlin, Halifax’s Other Hill has born witness to the history and evolution of Halifax, from its strategic location for defending the city and historic naval dockyards, to the devastation of the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917 and the rebirth of the community in the aftermath.

With the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion in 2017, this is an opportune time to develop an overall master plan for the Park. There are numerous sites throughout Halifax and Dartmouth that are intimately associated with the events of the Halifax Explosion. Fort Needham Memorial Park is the most notable of these sites, with the ceremonial gathering every year on December 6th at the base of the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower.

The purpose of the master plan will be to develop a design vision for the Park that balances the national and regional commemorative significance with the local recreational needs and open space objectives. .

[1] Halifax’s Other Hill – Fort Needham From Earliest Times; by Paul A. Erickson; Halifax Library call no. 971.622 E68h Published in 1984 by the Department of Anthropology, Stain Mary’s University.