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
A staff report is being presented to Regional Council on November 26, 2019. The recommendations from the report are to:
1. Approve the redevelopment approach for the Halifax Forum complex as outlined in the report including the restoration of the Halifax Forum in accordance with the Heritage Property Act, for the development of a second arena, multi-purpose/event space, parking and greenspace;
2. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to:
a) engage with the Halifax Forum Community Association to determine the size and composition of the multi-purpose space on the basis of it being primarily for community events and uses as outlined in this report; and
b) determine the potential for partnerships on the Halifax Forum complex lands for private mixed-use development, as outlined in this report; and report back to Regional Council; and
3. Subsequent to exploring the partnership opportunities, direct the Chief Administrative Officer to include funds in the 2021/2022 capital budget.
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.