A milestone: Halifax Council votes 14-1 to begin negotiations for Urban Wilderness Park

This is a huge milestone in realising the vision of a centrally located Urban Wilderness Park. During the September 20 Council meeting, several of the councillors noted the strong and reasoned public support for this proposal in the form of letters, calls and open house attendance. In short - your voice matters and your continued support remains important. 

Staff report released! Going to Council Sept. 20

Today, City of Halifax staff released their report to Halifax Regional Council regarding the Urban Wilderness Park proposal from the Shaw Group and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

Read the full report here.

The report recommends that Halifax Regional Council directs staff to proceed with negotiations to acquire the lands and return to Regional Council for consideration of the key terms and conditions for the 379 acres that address several items outlined in the full report.


Independent research shows strong support for Urban Wilderness Park acquisition

Research conducted by Corporate Research Associates in August 2016 confirms that a strong majority of Halifax residents (83 percent) support the current and ongoing efforts involving Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Shaw Group and the city to acquire a large portion of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands (379 acres) in public ownership for future recreation and programming.