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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 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.


2014–15 (masterplan)
2016–17 (detailed design)


masterplanning, landscape architecture, interpretive planning & design


    Halifax Regional Municipality




    Halifax, Nova Scotia


    Atlantic Planning Institute - Award of Planning Excellence, Physical Plans & Design

    In the spring of 2016, Ekistics Planning & Design was hired to complete the detailed design for the implementation of the first phase of the masterplan. Continuing on the work done in the masterplan, the ideas were further analyzed against site conditions and the concept refined. 

    Cor-ten steel elements are featured throughout the park referencing the debris that littered the City of Halifax following the 1917 explosion. Form: Media used these steel walls as part of the larger interpretive story for the Park. The walls feature cut outs detailing the story of the Halifax Explosion and the rebuild that followed.