Spring Garden Road Enhancements

Imagine Spring Garden Road
Working together to develop a shared vision for a great street in Halifax

Update - September 2019

We’ve had great public input to get to this point! Thanks to everyone who took the time to join the conversation. Most recently, we asked for feedback on the Pocket Park & Paver Promenade options and heard this:
Pocket Park: People liked the vegetation the most and that it was pedestrian friendly. They also seemed to appreciate the seating and storm water management.
Paver Promenade: People liked the open space/flexibility and that it was pedestrian friendly.

There was overwhelming preference for the Pocket Park design. However, people liked the open space found with the paver promenade design. So we've created a hybrid design with a combination of vegetation and more open public spaces. In that process we considered:
•Reduction of linear planting beds to create more flow through on the street. Increase in rain garden vegetation to help with storm water mitigation. Raised curbs around the planting areas to discourage pedestrians walking through the beds.
•Addition of flexible and moveable bright coloured seating – including different types of seating and benches with backs and armrests.
•Public art component and allow for special event flexibility.

This final schematic will be part of the fall 2019 request for proposal (RFP) to hire a consultant to do the detailed designs for the Spring Garden Road enhancements.

Want to check out the final design? View the online photo gallery or video.

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Council approved the Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report on April 16, 2019. This report included two recommendations on how to proceed:

  1. Design and construct Option 4, streetscaping improvements between South Park Street and Queen Street.
  2. Collect data during construction and come back to Regional Council with a recommendation on loading, traffic diversion and a daytime transit priority corridor.

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Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major bus corridor. Regional Council has approved a major project further to the Halifax Economic Strategy, to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Following the success of the Argyle/ Grafton project, completed in 2017, Imagine Spring Garden Road aims to beautify the street and improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus. First, a functional plan was undertaken for the entire corridor between Barrington and Robie Streets. This functional plan was approved by Council, and now that we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, a design exercise is identifying key elements to make the core area linking the popular Central Library to the spectacular Public Gardens a beautiful and welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.

Imagine Spring Garden Road
Working together to develop a shared vision for a great street in Halifax

Update - September 2019

We’ve had great public input to get to this point! Thanks to everyone who took the time to join the conversation. Most recently, we asked for feedback on the Pocket Park & Paver Promenade options and heard this:
Pocket Park: People liked the vegetation the most and that it was pedestrian friendly. They also seemed to appreciate the seating and storm water management.
Paver Promenade: People liked the open space/flexibility and that it was pedestrian friendly.

There was overwhelming preference for the Pocket Park design. However, people liked the open space found with the paver promenade design. So we've created a hybrid design with a combination of vegetation and more open public spaces. In that process we considered:
•Reduction of linear planting beds to create more flow through on the street. Increase in rain garden vegetation to help with storm water mitigation. Raised curbs around the planting areas to discourage pedestrians walking through the beds.
•Addition of flexible and moveable bright coloured seating – including different types of seating and benches with backs and armrests.
•Public art component and allow for special event flexibility.

This final schematic will be part of the fall 2019 request for proposal (RFP) to hire a consultant to do the detailed designs for the Spring Garden Road enhancements.

Want to check out the final design? View the online photo gallery or video.

___________________________________________________________________________

Council approved the Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report on April 16, 2019. This report included two recommendations on how to proceed:

  1. Design and construct Option 4, streetscaping improvements between South Park Street and Queen Street.
  2. Collect data during construction and come back to Regional Council with a recommendation on loading, traffic diversion and a daytime transit priority corridor.

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Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major bus corridor. Regional Council has approved a major project further to the Halifax Economic Strategy, to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Following the success of the Argyle/ Grafton project, completed in 2017, Imagine Spring Garden Road aims to beautify the street and improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus. First, a functional plan was undertaken for the entire corridor between Barrington and Robie Streets. This functional plan was approved by Council, and now that we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, a design exercise is identifying key elements to make the core area linking the popular Central Library to the spectacular Public Gardens a beautiful and welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.