(January 12, 2011) HRM and Waterfront Development Corporation (WDCL)
are working together to revitalize a well-travelled and well-loved
destination on the Halifax waterfront, starting this week.
The two partners are investing in the Nathan Green Square
Revitalization Project to refresh this public area located next to the
Halifax Ferry Terminal, between the Halifax Harbour and the Law Courts.
There will be minimal disruption for pedestrians travelling through
this area and the majority of the work will be completed by March 31,
2011. The improvements include a continuation of the timber boardwalk,
new seating, enhanced landscape which will add year-round interest,
improved lighting, and water views, as well as better access between
this public area and Historic Properties.
As part of a revitalized landscaping plan, a series of trees that are
at the end of their life cycle will be removed as well as some overgrown
shrubbery. This will be replaced with new vegetation designed to
provide a healthier green space, while improving water views and
enhancing safety for the area.
HRM and the WDCL are each contributing $200,000 toward the Capital
District Opportunity Project.
Mayor Peter Kelly said it was an appropriate time to make these changes
because work is already underway to convert the adjacent ferry terminal
to natural gas.
“HRM is always anticipating ways to operate more efficiently,” said
Mayor Kelly. “This is an opportunity to both minimize disruptions to
the public and re-energize this busy public waterfront area while other
work is happening in the vicinity.”
"Partnering with HRM provides another opportunity to reinvest revenue
back into the waterfront for the public's enjoyment," said Colin
MacLean, President and CEO of WDCL. "With these project enhancements,
residents and visitors will continue to experience the water’s edge
and a destination spot like Nathan Green Square, for years to come."
Other partnership projects between HRM and WDCL include the children's
playground on the Halifax waterfront and the Bedford Waterfront Design
The square was dedicated in the name of Judge Nathan Green in 1983 to
honour the work of the first member of Nova Scotia’s Jewish community
to become a judge.
Recognized for his many contributions professionally and personally, he
held the role of Chief Judge of Nova Scotia’s provincial court, and
was a well-respected mediator and sought-after arbitrator within the
legal community. The Halifax Public Library Board, the Shaar Shalom
Synagogue, and the Rotary Club are just a few of the community groups
and associations he actively contributed to over the years.
“Our family is very pleased to see this important public space
revitalized – a space that holds special meaning for us,” said Sean
Green, grandson of Nathan Green. “We look forward to seeing people
enjoying the revitalized square this year and for years to come.”
Local university student TJ Maguire worked diligently to promote the
revitalization of Nathan Green Square through a class project. His
efforts were integral in sparking discussion around the site’s
For more information on the project visit: www.my-waterfront.ca or
WDCL is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially-owned
land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and
Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive
economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect
and protect marine heritage.
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