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Capital Projects

about 3 years ago

Currently the municipality is spending $198 million on the rehabilitation and replacement of existing assets, expansion and/or the addition of new assets. Where would you like to see your capital dollars spent?

1. Roads

2. Sidewalks

3. Recreation Facilities

4. Buildings/Infrastructure

5. Other venues, facilities, projects?

Please provide comment


Consultation has concluded

  • Geoff Bennett almost 3 years ago
    HRM is in dire need of a new 50m pool. Our current facilities are well-used and aging. From competitive swimmers of all ages, divers and synchronized swimmers; from recreational swimmers, kids learning to swim and seniors in an aquacize class – we all make good use of the aquatic facilities we have. Recent unfortunate incidents have shone the spotlight on the very real need for a new aquatic facility to service the HRM sooner rather than later. Dalplex (opened in 1979) has been closed since December 13 due to as-yet-to-be-found (and fixed) leak; date of reopening is uncertain. Sackville Sports Stadium was closed for a month or so due to a fire. Centennial Pool (opened in 1967) has a limited life span remaining. Dartmouth Sportsplex (opened 1982) will be closed for 18 months starting in May for its revitalization project. When one facility closes, pressure is put on the other facilities to accommodate the displaced swimmers. Swimming is a life-long sport. We need council to commit to building a much-needed aquatic facility now.
  • Jeff Blair almost 3 years ago
    New recreation infrastructure. High quality, regional facilities that can host events.
  • adventurer almost 3 years ago
    I would like HRM to build or at least support single track trails for hiking and mountain biking. I have traveled to other parts of North America and ride some wonderful trail systems. This is a fast growing sport that attracts all ages. I am retired in my 60's and just love it.
  • bent6543 almost 3 years ago
    There are no single track trails that are sanctioned for mountain bike use in HRM, I would like to see high quality multi-use single track trails in our parks and undeveloped municipal lands that are suitable for mountain biking. The sport of Mountain biking is about progression of abilities so these trails should cater to all ability levels, that means some trails would not be suitable for beginner or even intermediate level mountain bikers. A great place to build these trails would be the in the proposed Blue Mountain Park. There can be mountain biking and hiking on the same trails, there are examples of this all over the world.
  • brw almost 3 years ago
    Our venues & buildings need to be located in the centres of our existing communities, not in business parks. They need to be built in ways that can be reached without a car, in ways that the majority of the population can easily access recreation options.We need to stop building new roads. Our roads budget keeps climbing, but we clearly aren't spending enough money keeping potholes at bay, and generally improving the state of our streets. Until we can maintain what we have, we can't add lane kilometres.
  • #101 almost 3 years ago
    I want to see the city invest and approve developments and recreational facilities that will differentiate us from every other boring concrete box developments every other city in North America does because it's cheaper to build. We need parklands like Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes to give young (and old) people a reason to stay in Halifax and not move out west for work. Recreational opportunities like this improve quality of life for everyone. Cookie cutter subdivisions and boring high rise concrete boxes that block the sun from city streets and create wind tunnels downtown instead of beautiful and distinct historical architecture are never going to improve quality of life here but just line the pockets of people who purchase land with one zoning at a price fair for that zoning and then expect rules to be changed just for them and ignore all of the zoning compliant neighbors. Spend money on things to differentiate us and we will see improved tourism and and retention of residents.
  • Scott Asling almost 3 years ago
    I want to see the city invest in mixed-use parkland, such as could be done with the Birch Cove Lakes - Blue Mountain wilderness area. Green spaces with opportunity for many levels of recreation (walking, dog areas, biking, camping, paddling, birding, etc) are vital to a city's quality of life.
  • SusanMurray almost 3 years ago
    It's time - really - to purchase the Birch Cove Lakes-Blue Mountain wilderness area and create the regional park as outlined in the 2006 Halifax Regional Plan. The monetary gains that Annapolis Group Inc. and Susie Lake Development seek absolutely do not outweigh the public good that will come of protecting this culturally and ecologically significant area. We should be encouraging urban density, tourism prospects, healthy living, and environmental sustainability, not unnecessary urban sprawl in an area the city will be forced to spend more money to maintain. I have written more on this topic; it’s in the stack of over 1,400 letters you received in July.Here's a great article about the flaws in Annapolis Group's ridiculous lawsuit against the city. Shame on them for expecting $119 million of taxpayer money meant to be spent on all our well-beings.http://www.metronews.ca/views/halifax/halifax-matters/2017/01/23/tristan-cleveland-fact-check-blue-mountain-birch-cove.htmlThank you for listening.
  • roger almost 3 years ago
    We have the highest aging population per capita in Canada , we have an unfit population both kids and adults, pickleball may sound like a crazy name but the health benefits are high and game is easy to play for all ages and families. We need HRM to provide us with outdoor and indoor court access. as stated earlier in another post, "With 300 under-utilized tennis courts in the HRM, surely we can open up some courts dedicated to this sport". We can resurface already existing non used tennis courts, one tennis court can make three pickleball courts , this game is bursting in the USA, look it up, google it, its here too but we need more access. The city needs these facilities which helps active living and healthily lifestyles for everyone . Currently,there is one pickleball court by larry'Connell field and a 2 repainted courts in Dartmouth. Even one resurfaced tennis court in each area of Halifax , Dartmouth and Bedford /Sackville would be awesome to start. Tennis has the Daniel nestor center and recently received huge financial support, there are used beach volleyball courts in burnside, new hockey areas being built .Pickleball is for everyone, give it a try contact PickleballNS or eastcoast pickleball . We also are having a hard time finding gym space - affordable as well. We need space. We need gyms and recreational centres to start including pickleball court lines when refinishing floors, municipal councilors who represent each of our areas, we will be calling on you, small amount of financial dollars to resurface outdoor tennis courts will go a long way to benefit the city and its and the health benefits of our community. Sports & Fitness Industry Association reported pickleball currently has 2.46 million players. This game is growing in NS and in Canada, municipal councilors we need your support!!! this game needs facilities that will benefit our communities and our citizens , . The research is out there , our demographics, aging population, health impacts and healthy living, the cost are small , the benefits are high. for all nova scotians. I realize there are lots of issues in HRM ,this is one small amount that can have a big impact on healthy living in our community
  • Grace Child almost 3 years ago
    Connecting Seniors to Active Living Project – Final Report 2007, states that, “Active living and physical activity are paramount to seniors’ health and well-being. Numerous studies maintain the relationship between the use of regular physical activity and improvement in overall quality of aging and health.An active lifestyle has been linked to the prevention or delay of many chronic diseases and disabilities. Despite the benefits, only 30% of Nova Scotia citizens over the age of 65 years are moderately active (i.e. 30-15 plus minutes of exercise a day). This percentage continues to decline with age and, as a result, older adults face increased risk of mobility loss, functional capacity and, most importantly, independence.”Pickleball, is one of the fastest growing, age-friendly, sports in North America. Fast-paced, easy-to-learn and inexpensive to play, Pickleball has gained enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels since it was invented in 1965. It’s smaller courts, underhand strokes and slower balls are finding favor among baby boomers - keeping them active and competitive, despite any limitations they may have. We have players with Parkinson's, MS, or sport related injuries, playing this sport successfully around Nova Scotia. The average age of Pickleball players in Canada is 62.There is a high level of evidence that suggests that less active older adults are more likely to fall. As such, Pickleball specifically works on balance and agility while offering the same benefits of other regular exercise. Exercise improves muscle strength and reaction time and contributes to the reduction of sway when peripheral sensation and ankle support are challenged. Physical activities like Pickleball can make an important contribution to stability.Pickleball may have a funny name, but as you can see, its’ health benefits are nothing to laugh at. Pickleball is a game that anyone can play for a lifetime of fun and health.One doctor wrote, that one key element defined most of his success when trying to get a patient physically active. Getting the person to choose an activity that offered them a good mixture of enjoyment, social interaction, and movement patterns that they are able to perform safely and confidently. PICKLEBALL, encompasses them all.That is why we need to promote PICKLEBALL NOW.... please provide us with better outdoor and indoor court access. With 300 under-utilized tennis courts in the HRM, surely we can open up some courts dedicated to this sport. We also are having a hard time finding gym space - affordable as well. We need space. We need gyms and recreational centres to start including pickleball court lines when refinishing floors.
  • avidcyclist almost 3 years ago
    Recreation Facilities. HRM currently has no recognized mountain bike trails. While many other jurisdictions in the maritimes have sustainable single track mountain bike trails available to the public, HRM still has nothing in place. Its unfortunate that HRM is lagging behind areas such as the Annapolis Valley and Anitgonish in the establishment of sustainable single track trails for mountain bike use. Mountain biking is a growing sport and with HRM's unique geography, has the potential to add a tourism opportunity to the city while providing a much needed resource to its residents.
  • JA almost 3 years ago
    Parks and recreation! Urban forests, gardens to grow food (food security issue), and opportunities to connect with nature, art and water especially, more readily. Please invest in a good accessible plan and make the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Regional Park happen sooner than later! Also focus more on structures and facilities in neighbourhoods rather than large scale complexes and facilities that are less accessible to get to due to our transportation system, and for those who don't have vehicles. For instance it would be better to have more smaller scale facilities and buildings in neighbourhoods for community health and recreation projects and initiatives. This also creates a sense of place and belonging where one inhabits. We need warming centers run on renewable energy, as a vulnerable region affected by storms, and climate change.
    • hiker almost 3 years ago
      HRM Rec Programming needs a major review....a recent HRM Report on Facilities does not really touch on programmes that can be used by residents of all ages and mobility. It would be interesting to have a postal code survey of participants.....how may bus rides to reach a mini basketball team or a drop in facility, if there is a school open after hours for senior drop ins, classes for Spanish, quilting or woodworking or other 'life long learning' offerings. My District currently does not have any HRM programming on the schedule, I may have missed it! Neither are there any fun, drop in family events that might peak interest in a new offering or other idea.....lets be creative ......physical, social, mental health...all part of needs of a healthier community.
    • Jen almost 3 years ago
      I think it would be great to invest in Blue Mountain-Birch Cove and make that a new regional park. The Annapolis Group is threatening to sue the city but they do not have a leg to stand on. The area cannot be developed for another 14 years and the municipality can easily renew it as a no-development area. Environmental lawyer David Donnelly has written a legal opinion on the matter for EAC. The city should also invest in the backlands, near Purcell's Cove and William's Lake.
  • RobertRoss almost 3 years ago
    I do not believe in spending more money to build NEW roads. Adjusting existing thoroughfares to reducing idling time, providing dedicated bus lanes (more so at peak periods though), and perhaps looking at an amber signal change to green for long red light periods for some to turn their cars off. Paying for for-profit commercial endeavours, even partially, should not be allowed (unless the municipality is getting a royalty, not just a promise of increased business) - if they can't make it alone, they don't have a good business case. The one exception might be a land grant or lease in certain circumstances. A few more parkades downtown & in other key areas would be nice, like near hospitals. Any near a hospital should have a validation method to allow for free or reduced rate parking for those visiting or getting care.We have enough parks, for goodness sake; many of them barely used to half capacity. If we need anything it's ways to reduce costs to the municipality & province (like LED light retrofits - done when a bulb burns out, not before, or heat pumps & solar panels).Sidewalks in key areas would be great, but remember the cost of maintaining them in the winter. Burnside could use a few more sidewalks, as could Bayer's Lake area.A nice project would be additional parking zones (free) for mass transit hubs.
  • Rowan almost 3 years ago
    Acquiring the land necessary to complete the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Regional Park
  • Dartmouth Mum almost 3 years ago
    HRM is in dire need of a new 50m pool. Our current facilities are well-used and aging. From competitive swimmers of all ages, divers and synchronized swimmers; from recreational swimmers, kids learning to swim and seniors in an aquacize class – we all make good use of the aquatic facilities we have. Recent unfortunate incidents have shone the spotlight on the very real need for a new aquatic facility to service the HRM sooner rather than later. Dalplex (opened in 1979) has been closed since December 13 due to as-yet-to-be-found (and fixed) leak; date of reopening is uncertain. Sackville Sports Stadium was closed for a month or so due to a fire. Centennial Pool (opened in 1967) has a limited life span remaining. Dartmouth Sportsplex (opened 1982) will be closed for 18 months starting in May for its revitalization project. When one facility closes, pressure is put on the other facilities to accommodate the displaced swimmers. Swimming is a life-long sport. We need council to commit to building a much-needed aquatic facility now.
  • OneTwoThree almost 3 years ago
    The city needs to begin using these funds to transform arterial roads into the city into "complete streets" so roads and sidewalks are very important. Also the city needs to invest in more electric car charging facilities through HRM, we fall behind other cities in Canada.
  • Sophie almost 3 years ago
    5. Other venues, facilities, projects - please take a break from this one!! With the big lift and the new convention center, those are two huge projects for now and I think we could use a bit of a break, especially with talks of putting in a stadium in the not so distant future. I support money going toward roads and sidewalks, and upgrading them if need be. Some roads in HRM are always full of potholes (Hammonds Plains Road comes to mind among many). Not sure where it would fall but if we could give employers incentives to give employees incentives to carpool, that could help our roads, traffic, and parking a lot. Employees get an extra $200-300/year if they carpool 75% or more of the time. Maybe more if there are more people in 1 car, or less if there are only 2. Could make our road maintenance go a lot further.
  • hiker almost 3 years ago
    #3 Parks and Recreation...Hiking and walking are some of the top activities as determined by a recent survey by Participaction....common Wayfinding and Signage of existing Trails all over HRM and the creation of new recreation and active transportation trails will only help to save stretched health dollars...we want a Healthy Community. Indeed, our environment lends itself to helping with mental health concerns as well.......the academics call it forest bathing...a walk in the woods helps us wash away some of our stresses of life!!
  • Valerie van Spengen almost 3 years ago
    We would like to see more pickleball outdoor and indoor facilities. Would like to see outdoor courts near the Woodlawn United Church (Morash) - it is unused tennis courts, that could be converted into 4 Pickleball courts.. encouraging seniors, young adults and children to play together.
  • jimmyflynn almost 3 years ago
    The roads and sidewalks here are some of the worst in the country but we could really use more recreation facilities also. I like the previous comment...whatever you do at least learn from past mistakes.
  • acalder64 almost 3 years ago
    These projects are typically run poorly and over budget. I would recommend Council review past projects that were over-budget and devise a way to prevent this from occuring before they start future projects.
  • Its_Mike_K almost 3 years ago
    Would love to see additional protected bike lanes and recreation areas infused with public art.
  • matthvm almost 3 years ago
    The Roads, Sidewalks,. Recreation Facilities and other Buildings/Infrastructure need repair and upgrading forget about stuff like logos ,name games etc, which a total waste of resources
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