City Manager’s Subject Files (102-4)
The City Manager kept files relating to executive-level planning and maintenance of Point Pleasant Park.
- Point Pleasant Park 1978-1981 (102-4.01.330.15). Includes excerpts of city council minutes, minutes of the Directors of Point Pleasant Park meetings, and information reports, correspondence, and memos relating to Point Pleasant Park. Records cover a variety of topics including finances, board appointments, canteen operations, rules and regulations, and reports from the Directors of Point Pleasant Park and/or their Chairman. There are also records relating to a case of extreme vandalism which occurred in 1980.
- Point Pleasant Park 1983 (102-4.01.330K). Includes a copy of a pamphlet outlining Point Pleasant Park regulations. This pamphlet is also in Regulations, Director of Point Pleasant Park records (102-59C).
- Point Pleasant Park 1985 (102-4.1985.01.330K). Includes correspondence relating to a proposal for the Halifax Engineering and Works department to take over management of Point Pleasant Park, and a proposal for Parks and Grounds to maintain the park (as opposed to the Superintendent). Also contains a report from an engineering firm assessing the deterioration of the park gates (which also discusses the Public Gardens gates).
- Point Pleasant Park 1986 (102-4.1986.01.330K). This file contains meeting minutes from the Directors of Point Pleasant Park and an information report on the appointment of a Chairman of the Directors. Also includes correspondence about the park, including correspondence and a report on the gatehouse.
- Point Pleasant Park 1987 (102-4.1987.01.330K). Contains records relating to park maintenance, including correspondence relating to sewer lines, specifications, tender and architectural drawings on the restaurant building in the park, correspondence concerning the toilets in the park, and correspondence on park lodge.
- Point Pleasant Park 1990 (102-4.1990.01.330K). These records largely relate to park maintenance, especially protection of forest and flora within the park. They include a report to the Board of Directors about park flora; various documents about the Forest Improvement Project, including a copy of “A Forest Management Strategy for Point Pleasant Park”; records from the Point Pleasant Park Technical Advisory Committee, including correspondence, memos, meeting minutes, status reports, a user study, and other research materials; correspondence about seawall repairs (also referred to as shore protection); and letters to the park superintendent from the Canadian Forestry Commission.
- Point Pleasant Park 1992 (102-4.1992.01.330K). This file contains correspondence on financial matters, discussion of registering heritage properties in the park, and off-leash dogs.
- Point Pleasant Park 1993 (102-4.1992.01.330K). This file contains requests and correspondence for the funding of a park user study.
- Point Pleasant Park 1994 (102-4.1994.01.330K). This file contains documents on the maintenance of the park and its structures, including correspondence on the assessment of the Point Pleasant Park battery, the lease for Point Pleasant Park, and a determination of responsibility for maintenance of the fortifications. Also includes correspondence and meeting minutes concerning the Park’s heritage designation, including a report on the historical relationship of the park. There is also correspondence on hiring summer staff as well as correspondence, memos, reports, and meeting minutes on repair work for the lodge.
- Point Pleasant Park 1995 (102-4.1995.01.330K). This file contains documents on the maintenance, staffing, and security of the park, including correspondence and select meeting minute items on updates to the park gates and harbor/lower parking lot. There are additional documents on park security, tendering for equipment, and correspondence on a sewer easement. Note: Parts of this file is restricted due to personnel information of park staff – ask an archivist for more details.
Planning Department reference files 1959-1995 (102-105-3)
This sub-series within the Development and Planning Department records consists of reference files used by the department to assist in the planning, development, and redevelopment of various pieces of land throughout Halifax.
- Parks - Point Pleasant Park 1982-1987 (102-105-3-Box15). Includes newspaper clippings from various publications and authors (including local historian Lou Collins) regarding the history and current events of the park, and a photocopied publication about the Prince of Wales Tower (author and publisher unknown).
Mayor's Office records, 1922-1996 (series 102-3)
Series includes records created or collected by the Mayor’s Office, including correspondence, scrapbooks, and subject files. These files cover a wide range of topics; Point Pleasant Park may be referenced in other files. Researchers should also browse file lists for this series in the archives’ database.
- Point Pleasant Park Commission, 1932-1937 (102-3B-43)
- Point Pleasant Park Commission (T.E. Fripps, Supt.) 1938-1944 (102-3B-76)
- Point Pleasant Park Commission, 1992-1994 (102-3-5-019)
City Council minutes and submissions, 1841-1996 (series 102-1A and B)
Council minutes and submissions are an excellent source of information about decisions and development of municipal issues, including issues relating to Point Pleasant Park.
We recommend you start by searching the indexes to find relevant references, and then consult those minutes directly. Reports, correspondence and petitions mentioned in the minutes are not included in this digitized content; contact the Municipal Archives to obtain copies of these submissions.
Lou Collins records (CR30)
Local historian Lou Collins collected research and records on multiple historic sites and buildings in Halifax for general interest, academic work, and his advocacy for the preservation of local built heritage. Collins was Civic Historian, member of the Landmarks Commission and the Heritage Advisory Committee.
- Heritage trust report on Point Pleasant Lodge, July-August 1990 (CR30I.133). This file consists of correspondence between Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia and the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee, and research related to the Point Pleasant Lodge. The research is compiled into an application to register the lodge as a Heritage Property, and covers the history of the park and lodge, its architectural importance, and background on architect J.C. Dumaresq. It also includes a basic bibliography and photographs which appear to be from the Pam Collins photography sub-series (CR30K-1-24).