The full masterplan for Fort Needham Memorial Park balances community uses with interpretive elements that tell the story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
A legacy remembered 100 years later
In 1917, the collision of two ships in the Halifax Harbour resulted in an unprecedented explosion— the largest before the advent of nuclear weapons—that dramatically changed the history of a city and country. With an upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the city felt it was an opportunity to refresh the park to improve the grounds for the centennial commemoration, and reflect the diversity of current community needs and interests.
In 2014, with the approaching centenary of the Halifax Explosion, the Halifax Regional Municipality commissioned Ekistics to craft a long-range vision and design concept for the park.
Today, the site has many conflicting uses; lacks visibility, has poor access, and demands a clear plan. The park suffers from a loss of focus from its original purpose and significance as a regional park, and it fails to fully convey the significance of the Halifax Explosion and its impact on the city and country.
The team was tasked with balancing the needs of the local community and objectives for improving the park while significantly enhancing the memorial capacity of Fort Needham as an important regional park destination for the city, province and nation.
2016–17 (detailed design & phase 1 construction)
masterplanning, landscape architecture, interpretive planning & design
Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Planning Institute - Award of Planning Excellence, Physical Plans & Design
In 2014 Ekistics Plan + Design was engaged to complete a master plan for the redesign of Fort Needham Memorial Park. In early 2016, Ekisitcs was hired to continue the work and complete the detailed design for the first phase of construction.