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A plan for restoration after the storm

On September 28, 2003 Hurricane Juan hit Halifax and devastated Point Pleasant Park. The park had been damaged the previous winter by a massive ice storm and the Spruce Longhorn Beetle had done significant damage a few summers prior; the previously densely forested park was a mess of upended roots and downed trees. 75% of the trees had been lost.

In 2005 the Point Pleasant Park International Design Competition began. Through extensive public consultation it was determined that restoring the forest was of primary importance to the people of Halifax. The competition was won jointly by Ekisitics Planning and Design and NIP Paysages of Montréal.

The resulting plan provides a guide for forest management and natural regeneration through selective planting and monitoring, guidelines for shoreline retention, as well as recommendations for protecting the historic artifacts found within the park. 



park planning, landscape management, masterplan, landscape architecture


    Halifax Regional Municipality



    Halifax, Nova Scotia


    Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) - National Honour
    Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) - National Citation