As part of the Halifax Common Master Plan, the new outdoor aquatic facility was constructed on the Halifax Common in partnership with Marco Group and other leading partners.
Now open to the public, the Aquatics Facility includes a 13,500 square foot pool with capacity for 300 people, a new playground and a year-round pavilion with a community room, kitchenette and modular stage for performers.
Key features of the revitalized space
- The new pool will feature a sloped, beach-style entry, as well as a barrier free lift to allow safe access for users of all abilities. The six-foot deep end will contain roped-off swimming lanes for lap swimmers and aquatic climbing walls. The pool will have the capacity for 300 bathers and the total area of the water surface will be 13,500-square feet. An exterior water plaza, and spray features will provide additional entertainment for users of all ages.
- The pool change room building will contain universal (gender neutral) change rooms and washrooms. The washroom facilities will be accessible to all visitors to the Common. Large overhangs on the facility building will provide shade and shelter for pool users, summer camp groups and park patrons.
- The splash pad will be replaced with a new water plaza that features interactive inground fountain sprays with lighting and sequencing that will provide a multi-sensory and interactive play experience for people of all ages. The water plaza will be surrounded with new park development with tables, seating, and benches under a grove of shade trees.
- The existing Pavilion will be replaced with a new building with two sections connected by a breezeway. It will be constructed to be net-zero ready with solar panels on the roof and natural ventilation in the summer.
- The Multi-purpose room will operate year-round and will have a community space with a capacity of up to 100 people that can be booked for a range of events such as live music events for youth, community celebrations, meetings, or recreation programming. There will be public washrooms open to all park users, a modular stage, as well as a kitchenette.
- The new playground area will be an accessible, inclusive playground with natural play features and plantings. It will include shade structures, benches, and seating surrounded by new trees.
- Landscaping will feature natural boulders, grasses, and vegetation reminiscent of Nova Scotia’s coastal environments.