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:
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.
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.
Dartmouth Sportsplex revitalization
The Dartmouth Sportsplex is undergoing a major renovation and enhancement. Regional Council approved this exciting 23-million-dollar project which will boast a new gymnasium, fitness centre and studios, meeting rooms, renovated pool area and change rooms. The recreation facility will have open, bright, and welcoming public spaces for people to gather with friends and neighbours. The expected completion of the project is the fall of 2018.
Long Term Aquatic Strategy
The Halifax region has many natural lakes, beaches, and aquatic facilities for people to enjoy promoting active and healthy lifestyles for all ages and abilities along with accessible opportunities to gain valuable lifesaving skills that enable safety and enjoyment in and around the water. As part of the Community Facilities Master Plan HRM is creating a Long-Term Aquatic Strategy, which will provide recommendations to Regional Council to help guide decisions to meet future aquatic needs. The study includes indoor and outdoor community pools, competition aquatic facilities, supervised beaches and splash pads. For more information about the Long-Term Aquatic Strategy, please see the Regional Council Information Report . You can also view the aquatic section (Pg.62) of the Community Facility Master Plan 2 . The plan is expected to be completed in 2018/19.
Halifax Forum redevelopment
On June 20, 2017, Regional Council directed staff to undertake additional investigation to determine the cost of redeveloping the Halifax Forum based on the proposal of the Halifax Forum Community Association. The purpose of the report is to define the costs and risks related to redevelopment at the Halifax Forum site and meet the requirements of HRM's Parks and Recreation business unit.