Grafton Park (old library site) Update

Grafton Park is on the verge of being registered and protected as a Heritage site.  The heritage public hearing on the registration is Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 P.M at City Hall. (report here) While keeping an open mind, I think this heritage registration is important. I also don’t want to mislead anyone… without substantial renovation and alteration the current library is hard for anyone else to use, and the mass graves under the site make it very hard to read more


Guest Blog: Using 3D Models as a Tool for Public Engagement – Commons Parkade

Marcel Tarnogorski is a recent Masters of Architecture grad from Dal who approached me and offered to make a correct rendering with the actual scale of the proposed Commons garage.  His bio reads that he ‘loves to make parametric design tools that integrate urban, architectural, and financial facets of a project’.  Marcel has released these images for attributed use under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Halifax is wonderful, Halifax is growing, and Haligonians want to have constructive discussions about read more


Update – letter from the Premier, and my response

The Premier wrote me back, you can read it here: 20200128 Premier NS to Mason, Waye So I wrote him back, letter here, text below: 20200126 premier garage second letter (final) January 28, 2020 The Honourable Stephen McNeil Premier, Province of Nova Scotia P.O. Box 726, Halifax, NS B3J 1X5 Dear Premier McNeil: RE: RESPONSE TO PLANNED HOSPITAL RENEWAL QE2 SITES HALIFAX Premier, thank you for your letter dated January 28, 2020. I am pleased to let you know that read more


Letter to Premier McNeil RE Planned Hospital Renewal and Commons parking garage

Read my letter to Premier McNeil regarding planned hospital renewal QE2 sites Halifax here: 20200127 common garage concerns (final)


Gorsebrook Park Plan consultations

The municipality held a public open house on December 10, 2018 at the Dalhousie Student Union Building. A lot of what was heard in my public session in 2016 was reflect in the proposed design, though there are some concerns.  The public was in attendance to review a preliminary park concept and to provide feedback on design and layout options. The feedback received at the open house and via electronic submission has informed an updated concept. More info here


Saint Mary’s Boat Club Park

Significant work has gone into the building itself, the tennis area, and a new playground was installed in 2018.  Concerns are: landscaping issues, looking for some trees along the perimeter wooden platform next to play area at the lawn bowling needs to be replaced Lawn Bowling is not accessible, need to come up with a strategy Refresh the park signage and wayfinding, at the street, at the entrance and there is no indication any of the other assets are in read more


Raymond Taavel Park

I am so pleased that this Inglis Street Park has been renamed Raymond Taavel Park. You can read about his story here.  I love the ideas that the Friends of Raymond Taavel have generated and look forward to seeing these changes happen over this summer. On Wednesday August 19 2015 we set up a tent and played some funk and R&B music on a little boom box and asked people what they thought of Inglis Street Park.  What we heard read more


Marlborough Woods

MARLBOROUGH WOODS  After meeting with residents on site the following improvements are in the works Get a park sign there at the edge of the street leading to the water to better confirm access and when open and closed. residents would like it to have “no dumping, pack in it pack it out, no winter maintenance” and hours on it Picnic table was installed,  community is also hoping for a bench Medium term looking to bring back the old switchback read more


Update Queen and Green Park

We met with residents and passers by on Friday August 21 2015.  There was general concern about the comfort and attractiveness of the park.  While it is centrally located, it lacks a sign to say it is a park, and it is not clean or maintained.  The park is not busy.  There is no evidence of sociability, volunteerism, and pride of ownership. As a result, the bushes were removed, trees planted, new benches put in, and the failing brick replaced read more