Spring Garden Road Enhancements

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

Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major corridor for Halifax Transit. Anchored by the popular Halifax Central Library at one end and the spectacular Halifax Public Gardens at the other this area could benefit from street and sidewalk improvements. Stemming from the Halifax Economic Strategy, Council approved two priority streetscape projects to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Argyle/ Grafton was completed in 2017 and Spring Garden Road was

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

Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major corridor for Halifax Transit. Anchored by the popular Halifax Central Library at one end and the spectacular Halifax Public Gardens at the other this area could benefit from street and sidewalk improvements. Stemming from the Halifax Economic Strategy, Council approved two priority streetscape projects to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Argyle/ Grafton was completed in 2017 and Spring Garden Road was approved as the second project. The Integrated Mobility Plan approved in December 2017 underscores the need to take a “Complete Streets” approach which considers how streets function as places as well as a transportation links, and aims to improve comfort and safety, particularly for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

What’s Happening Now?
Three options for the functional plan for Spring Garden Road have been developed. This next phase focuses on major components of the street like relative widths of the road and sidewalk, transit priority, and space to enhance pedestrian and retail experience. These options have been developed from the background analysis of the street completed over the fall 2018, and what we heard from you over the summer.

We are currently collecting feedback on which option is your favourite, and what you like and don’t like about the different plans. This will inform the final selected option. Thanks to everyone who attended the public engagement on Monday, January 7, 2019. Online options for feedback are available here.

What’s Happened So Far?
This past summer, in partnership with the Spring Garden Area Business Association, the municipality tested some ideas developed in the past for Spring Garden Road and engaged with the public and stakeholders about future possibilities. A colourful deck (the ‘stoplet’) was installed on the north side of Spring Garden Road, between Birmingham Street and Dresden Row as a pilot project. Pilot projects allow project ideas to be tested before further decisions are made. With more space for people getting on and off the bus, seating, planters, bike racks and a sense of play, the ‘stoplet’ aimed to engage people’s imagination about future possibilities for this significant city street. Check out "What We Heard" in the document section.


We are still encouraging people to use the #ImagineSGR and share your thoughts, photos and ideas for your vision to improve the Spring Garden Road streetscape experience.

  • Imagine Spring Garden Road Functional Plan

    We’ve developed three options for the functional plan for Spring Garden Road between Robie Street and Barrington Street. Please tell us which option is your favourite, what you like,and what you don’t like about the plans. Your input will help inform the final option. 

    If you have trouble viewing the images in the survey, please visit the documents section of this project to view higher resolution images of each option that you can enlarge to see all the plan details.

    We’ve developed three options for the functional plan for Spring Garden Road between Robie Street and Barrington Street. Please tell us which option is your favourite, what you like,and what you don’t like about the plans. Your input will help inform the final option. 

    If you have trouble viewing the images in the survey, please visit the documents section of this project to view higher resolution images of each option that you can enlarge to see all the plan details.

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