A public workshop was held on October 15, 2018 at the Lake Echo Community Centre, 3168 Highway 7, Lake Echo, to discuss the plan and potential opportunities for the park. Staff delivered a brief presentation and led a workshop where participants identified opportunities and issues and shared their vision.
If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide comment, please feel free to contact Stephen Cushing, Landscape Architect, Parks and Recreation, by December 1, 2018.
Staff will begin to incorporate what we heard from participants into a draft park plan which will be presented back to the community in early 2019. This web page will have details regarding a future meeting when they become available.
This fall, as part of our business plan, Parks and Recreation is looking to the Lake Echo community to share their vision for how the Lake Echo Community Centre and Beach can be made more comfortable and functional for park visitors. We want to understand the park issues and opportunities as you see them.
The Lake Echo Community Centre and Beach is classified as a District Park. Identified in the Regional Plan, District Parks serve the recreation needs of several communities with a population in the range of 10, 000 people. A range of recreational uses are typically offered, including, walking and cycling trails, sports fields, picnic areas, supervised beaches, play facilities for children, and areas for passive recreation uses that are left in a predominantly natural state.
In its current state, the Lake Echo lands occupy 1.72 Ha (4.25 acres) on the north-western side of Lake Echo along Highway 7. On the south of the property sits the Lake Echo Community Centre with paved parking for some 80 vehicles. A lower gravel parking lot shared with the Orenda Boat Club holds approximately 20-25 cars. North of Orenda along the shore of Lake Echo is a small municipally-operated beach open during the summer months. The northernmost portion of the property is a gravel lot and currently is not programmed by HRM Parks and Recreation.
The objective of this park planning project is to identify future park upgrades that are consistent with community input and that can be phased-in over time.