Halifax Common Master Plan

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Arial view of the Halifax Common.

I’m on the Common!

The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common.

As the city and region continue to grow, this dynamic public space will only take on more significance as a major park and recreation area serving local residents and all people in the Halifax region. The time has come again to take a comprehensive look at the future of the Common, through a master planning process that will define management policies, guidelines for open and green space, as well as concepts and action plans for physical renewal.

The outcomes will serve as a blueprint for future improvements, to guide the City in the provision of open space areas, parks, recreation programs and facilities for the short and the long-term.


January 2020 Update

Staff are currently working on the revisions to the Halifax Common Master Plan, including the analysis and response to the Province’s QEII New Generation Health Care Services Master Plan and the latest proposal to construct a parking structure on the Wanderers Grounds block on the Halifax Common and acquire lands from the municipality.

As part of the Province’s health care redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre on the Halifax Common, the Province is moving ahead with their preparations for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. As part of their parking strategy, a tender has been released to build a replacement parkade on the NS Museum of Natural History’s parking lot, directly across from the Halifax Infirmary on Summer Street.

For more information on the QEII New Generation hospital Master Plan, please visit the QEII New Generation project page found here:

https://healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/qe2

The RFP for the design and construction services for the QEII New Generation Project Summer Street Parkade has been posted on the Nova Scotia Tender Notices site (# DOC349648503)

https://procurement.novascotia.ca/tender-details.aspx?id=DOC349648503


December 2019 Update – Halifax Common Aquatic Area Report Approved

Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update Report

On December 10, 2019, Regional Council approved the recommendation to initiate the capital planning and construction of a new outdoor aquatics area on the Central Common. This is a complete replacement of the existing swimming pool and related facilities on the Central Common. The project includes an outdoor recreation pool, splash pad, community building and playground. This is envisioned as the first phase of the Halifax Common Open Spaces Master Plan.

You can read the full report on the Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update here.

The project team can be reached at commonplan@halifax.ca


Past Engagement Workshops

The meeting in the public engagement series was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, where we shared components of the Draft Master Plan that included key directions and concept plans for the municipal open spaces as well as the Common-wide strategies for connections, character and recreation experiences.

The third meeting in the public engagement series was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, which included a presentation on the key engagement findings from the work to date, along with the overarching themes and values that have emerged. This was followed by an open house of workshops inviting attendees to explore the possibilities and big decisions under consideration.

Our first round of public engagement sessions was held on Jan. 31, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out to share what you value most about the Halifax Common.

Feedback from the December, January, and April engagement sessions has been captured and summarized in our What We Heard documents in the document library.


Who’s Listening?

For questions or to provide direct feedback on the Draft Master Plan:

Project Lead – Carolle Koziak Roberts

Halifax Regional Municipality

Email: commonplan@halifax.ca

I’m on the Common!

The municipality is planning for the future direction of the Halifax Common.

As the city and region continue to grow, this dynamic public space will only take on more significance as a major park and recreation area serving local residents and all people in the Halifax region. The time has come again to take a comprehensive look at the future of the Common, through a master planning process that will define management policies, guidelines for open and green space, as well as concepts and action plans for physical renewal.

The outcomes will serve as a blueprint for future improvements, to guide the City in the provision of open space areas, parks, recreation programs and facilities for the short and the long-term.


January 2020 Update

Staff are currently working on the revisions to the Halifax Common Master Plan, including the analysis and response to the Province’s QEII New Generation Health Care Services Master Plan and the latest proposal to construct a parking structure on the Wanderers Grounds block on the Halifax Common and acquire lands from the municipality.

As part of the Province’s health care redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre on the Halifax Common, the Province is moving ahead with their preparations for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. As part of their parking strategy, a tender has been released to build a replacement parkade on the NS Museum of Natural History’s parking lot, directly across from the Halifax Infirmary on Summer Street.

For more information on the QEII New Generation hospital Master Plan, please visit the QEII New Generation project page found here:

https://healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/qe2

The RFP for the design and construction services for the QEII New Generation Project Summer Street Parkade has been posted on the Nova Scotia Tender Notices site (# DOC349648503)

https://procurement.novascotia.ca/tender-details.aspx?id=DOC349648503


December 2019 Update – Halifax Common Aquatic Area Report Approved

Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update Report

On December 10, 2019, Regional Council approved the recommendation to initiate the capital planning and construction of a new outdoor aquatics area on the Central Common. This is a complete replacement of the existing swimming pool and related facilities on the Central Common. The project includes an outdoor recreation pool, splash pad, community building and playground. This is envisioned as the first phase of the Halifax Common Open Spaces Master Plan.

You can read the full report on the Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update here.

The project team can be reached at commonplan@halifax.ca


Past Engagement Workshops

The meeting in the public engagement series was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, where we shared components of the Draft Master Plan that included key directions and concept plans for the municipal open spaces as well as the Common-wide strategies for connections, character and recreation experiences.

The third meeting in the public engagement series was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, which included a presentation on the key engagement findings from the work to date, along with the overarching themes and values that have emerged. This was followed by an open house of workshops inviting attendees to explore the possibilities and big decisions under consideration.

Our first round of public engagement sessions was held on Jan. 31, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017. Thanks to everyone who came out to share what you value most about the Halifax Common.

Feedback from the December, January, and April engagement sessions has been captured and summarized in our What We Heard documents in the document library.


Who’s Listening?

For questions or to provide direct feedback on the Draft Master Plan:

Project Lead – Carolle Koziak Roberts

Halifax Regional Municipality

Email: commonplan@halifax.ca