Join us for a Walk around the Common – June 23, 4pm to mark the 258th anniversary of the Halifax Common, a gift ‘to and for the use of the inhabitants of the town of Halifax as Commons, forever.” We’re following the German tradition of a Grenzgang –when people walk around a property to check the borders and to protect it against intruders. We all need to become familiar with our collective Common and help protect it for future generations. Details below…
The North Common is about 20% or 1/5 of the 240 acre Halifax Common grant.(David Garrett)
Meeting Place: Victoria Park (Spring Garden Road and South Park Street)
Time: 4pm, Wednesday, June 23. (rain or shine)
Route: We’ll walk clockwise/south along South Park, South, Robie, Cunard, North Park, Ahern, Bell and back to Victoria Park.
Distance: ~4km, 1 – 1.5 hour
Picnic: 6pm Victoria Park— Bring food and invite friends to share it with. This is a good option if you are unable to join us for the walk. (weather dependent)
COVID has reminded us all of the importance of nature for physical and mental health. Dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. We’ll do respectful social distancing. Excited to see you there!
Can’t join us? Then please consider joining or donating to the FHC.
The Common Link is a pilot pathway that links the green spaces within the Halifax Common – Victoria Park, Public Gardens, and the Halifax Common North.
The Common Link is a pathway currently being developed to link the green spaces within the Halifax Common – Victoria Park, Public Gardens, and the Halifax Common North. See pathway on the attached map. Friends of Halifax Common are excited to be working with the Common Link folks who have taken inspiration from the Boston Common’s Emerald Necklace and are working to to re-connect Halifax’s green space.
The walk is about 4 – 5 km long and takes ~ one hour to complete. Consider joining the Common Link Association to help with this important initiative.
Please attend this important meeting and make comments on the 19 proposed developments…
The classic 3-storey Coburg Apartments, an Edwardian-era building at Spring Garden and Robie, on the South Common, is one of a dozen+ buildings that will be demolished by two developers if their plans for 16 & 30 storey and 20 & 26 storey high-rises in the single block between Carlton, College, Robie and Spring Garden Road are approved.
Most of the 19 proposals are for highrises that break existing height restrictions and are out-of -scale with neighbourhoods. They’ll cause dozens of affordable small-scale, mixed-use residential units, commercial spaces & historic houses to be demolished. This will harm Halifax’s Common in various ways. Examples are:
- 13 storey on Robie, Cunard – Compton
- 14 storey on Robie St, Pepperell – Shirley
- 16 & 30 storey on Spring Garden Rd & Robie west of Carlton
- 20 & 26 storey on College & Robie St west of Carlton
You are invited by the recently formed Common Link Association to join us for a walk along a newly proposed ‘Common Link.’ This route is designed to connect the green spaces and blue vistas through the heart of Halifax. Please come and support our efforts to create and promote a continuous, easy-access loop through the existing trails within the Halifax Common (including Victoria Park, the Public Gardens and North Common) as well as the Citadel. This walk is free and open to all. Bring friends.
A greenway in the heart of the city.
When? 10 am Saturday, Oct 24th, 2015
Rain date: 10 am Sunday, Oct 25th, 2015
Where? Victoria Park at Spring Garden Road/South Park St. by Robbie Burns Statue Statue.
Why? To enjoy and promote the creation of The Common Link, a continuous loop trail.
Who? Walking enthusiasts and all others who are interested.
How long? Approximately 1.5h.
Membership: Should you wish to be a part of the initiative to develop The Common Link you are invited to start the process by becoming a Common Link Association member.
Please RSVP if you plan to join us, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and writing ‘CONFIRMED’ in the subject line so we know numbers in advance.
The SW corner of South & Robie has 1 of 50 perimeter flags & 4 corner gardens to mark when we enter or leave the Halifax Common.
For FHC 100 in 1 Day is the perfect way to Celebrate the Common. To remind Haligonians of the Halifax Common’s real size the Friends have marked the perimeter by hanging approximately fifty small flags silk-screened with “Halifax Common” and an outline of its shape. And as well the group has marked the four corners of the Halifax Common by planting small garden boxes and installing painted signs.
“The flags around the perimeter and four common corner gardens at South/Robie, South/South Park, Cunard/Robie, and Cunard/North Park are to help remind us when we are entering or leaving the 240 acre Halifax Common,” said participant Jyelle Vogel. “Everyone will be surprized at how large our Halifax Common is,” said Vogel.
“Halifax isn’t just giving away the common green space, its now privatizing the blue space on and around the perimeter by permitting developers to build out of scale high-rises so they can sell the luxury view to their paying clients,” says Peggy Cameron, Friends of Halifax Common, Co-chair. “This changes the experience of being on the Halifax Common by blocking the view, the access to light and Continue reading
The path of Freshwater Brook as commemorated by Friends of Halifax Common for Earth Day 2011
Did you know that Halifax has its own lost river system? Join Jane’s Walk guide, Ben Wedge on the North Common to explore Halifax’s river system and its influence on development patterns in a growing garrison town. After centuries of development burying our beautiful urban streams, cities are rediscovering them and starting to bring them back. Inspired in part by the documentary “Lost Rivers” Halifax Council is debating daylighting Dartmouth’s Sawmill River.
Here is a nice facebook page and previous posts on Freshwater Brook can be found here…This post about HRM’s 2006 daylighting policy for both Sawmill River and Freshwater Brook. This post includes links to excellent essays by Matt Neviille and Sam Austin. Continue reading