Halifax recognizes that fostering lifelong participation through a variety of accessible recreational opportunities contributes to healthy lifestyles, vibrant communities, and a sustainable environment. Well planned, maintained, and operated recreation facilities play a key role in city building, strengthening communities, and the local economy through attracting residents and business to Halifax. Regional Council has adopted several strategic documents related to community facility planning:
Long Term Aquatic Strategy
On May 14 2019, Regional Council approved the Long Term Aquatic Strategy. This strategy will inform decisions and provide guidance regarding the provision of aquatic facilities for the next 15 years. It includes municipal indoor and outdoor pools, training and competition aquatic sport facilities, municipally supervised beaches and splash pads.
Community Facilities Master Plan 2
February 7, 2017: Regional Council Approved the [PDF] as a framework for municipal decision-making regarding recreation facilities and incorporate its recommendations in future annual Business Plans for Council’s consideration.
Regional Mountain Biking Strategy
On January 29th 2019, Regional Council approved recommendations related to the Development of a Regional Mountain Bike Strategy. Please note a correction to Attachment B. The trails marked in grey are “Proposed Trails for Future Consideration” not “New Trails Scheduled for 2018.”
Long Term Arena Strategy
August 14, 2012: Regional Council approved the Long-Term Arena Strategy (LTAS) [PDF]. The purpose of the strategy is to guide long term arena planning and decision making through to 2022.
June 20, 2017: Regional Council approved the Indoor Ice Surfaces Review recommendation report [PDF]. The report is a supplement to the Long-Term Arena Strategy. It confirms the appropriate number of indoor ice surfaces required in Halifax, and includes direction relating to the Gray, Bowles, Devonshire, Lebrun, and Halifax Forum Complex ice surfaces.
Community Access Plan
April 1, 2013: Halifax implemented the Community Access Plan [PDF] for all municipal ice surfaces to promote participation in recreational sports and create greater equity in the distribution of ice time.
Halifax Forum Renovation Feasibility
On August 14, 2018, staff submitted a staff report to Regional Council regarding the renovation feasibility of the Halifax Forum. Regional Council directed staff to complete the following;
- Consider a building program of two ice surfaces at the Halifax Forum complex as per the discussion section of the report dated August 3, 2018 and undertake the cost/benefit analysis of replacing or renovating the Civic, as well as adding other appropriate recreation uses, community space and an ice plant that can be expanded to support an additional, third ice surface should conditions change to justify further expansion;
- Prepare a class D estimate for inclusion in the 2020/21 capital budget process;
- Undertake a heritage impact analysis; and
- Prepare an estimate for inclusion in the upcoming capital budget for HRM to undertake necessary repairs and maintenance to ensure the facility is able to be maintained while the analysis is undertaken.
Sheet Harbour Lions Club / Eastern Shore Lifestyles Centre
Following the seasonal closure of the Sheet Harbour Lions Club, staff have engaged with the Eastern Shore Lifestyles Centre Society in the planning for a potential replacement of the Lions Club centre. Staff have reviewed a proposed business case and will be presenting the findings to Regional Council.