Park Planning for the Rehab Lands

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Landscape vista looking east from the hilltop with family cylcing in the foreground and the Cole Harbour Basin in the background.

The municipality is engaging on the park planning for the former Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre property (Rehab lands) on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour. Share with us what’s important to you as we explore the future possibilities for a new park.

Our Project

The purpose for the park planning is to identify municipal park and open space programming for the former Rehab Centre property. Over the course of the project we will be exploring different park development options and recreation opportunities with you that consider the site’s natural setting, cultural heritage, and function within the broader parks open space network. A dog off-leash area that would serve the community of Cole Harbour is also being considered for inclusion within the new park.

Public Engagement

The Park User Survey is now closed. Thank you everyone who participated! The input we received will help inform the next stage of the park planning process where we will be exploring and presenting back different park planning scenarios and concept plans for comments.

The Idea Board will remain open until February 15, 2021. Over the next couple weeks, we will be posting some other popular ideas brought forward through the survey. Check back and vote on the ideas that you support.

If you have any comments or questions, please email the Project Lead, Carolle Roberts. (Contact info is under Who's Listening in the sidebar)

The Site

Map showing the location of the former Rehab property at 255 Bissett Road in Cole Harbour.

The former Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre operated on the site from 1941 to 2002 providing short and long-term mental health care for patients. When the facility closed, the lands and buildings were returned to the control of the municipality. In 2016, Regional Council passed a motion to designate approximately 16 hectares (39.5 acres) of the site as parkland with the remaining 4.8 ha (12 acres) for potential surplus to be considered for other uses. The recent opening of the Bissett Trail was the first step in the park's development and an essential link in the municipality's active transportation network connecting Bissett Lake District Park with the trails and open spaces around Cole Harbour Basin.

To learn more about the Rehab lands park planning project, please refer to the Important Links in the sidebar.

Related Projects

The municipality is also engaging around the location of a dog off-leash area for Eastern Passage. You can find out more about the public engagement for the Eastern Passage dog off-leash area here.


Landscape vista looking east from the hilltop with family cylcing in the foreground and the Cole Harbour Basin in the background.

The municipality is engaging on the park planning for the former Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre property (Rehab lands) on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour. Share with us what’s important to you as we explore the future possibilities for a new park.

Our Project

The purpose for the park planning is to identify municipal park and open space programming for the former Rehab Centre property. Over the course of the project we will be exploring different park development options and recreation opportunities with you that consider the site’s natural setting, cultural heritage, and function within the broader parks open space network. A dog off-leash area that would serve the community of Cole Harbour is also being considered for inclusion within the new park.

Public Engagement

The Park User Survey is now closed. Thank you everyone who participated! The input we received will help inform the next stage of the park planning process where we will be exploring and presenting back different park planning scenarios and concept plans for comments.

The Idea Board will remain open until February 15, 2021. Over the next couple weeks, we will be posting some other popular ideas brought forward through the survey. Check back and vote on the ideas that you support.

If you have any comments or questions, please email the Project Lead, Carolle Roberts. (Contact info is under Who's Listening in the sidebar)

The Site

Map showing the location of the former Rehab property at 255 Bissett Road in Cole Harbour.

The former Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre operated on the site from 1941 to 2002 providing short and long-term mental health care for patients. When the facility closed, the lands and buildings were returned to the control of the municipality. In 2016, Regional Council passed a motion to designate approximately 16 hectares (39.5 acres) of the site as parkland with the remaining 4.8 ha (12 acres) for potential surplus to be considered for other uses. The recent opening of the Bissett Trail was the first step in the park's development and an essential link in the municipality's active transportation network connecting Bissett Lake District Park with the trails and open spaces around Cole Harbour Basin.

To learn more about the Rehab lands park planning project, please refer to the Important Links in the sidebar.

Related Projects

The municipality is also engaging around the location of a dog off-leash area for Eastern Passage. You can find out more about the public engagement for the Eastern Passage dog off-leash area here.