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'It would be a terrible shame' if HRM loses section of Fleming Park says councillor (2 photos)

A 2.3 acre, vacant waterfront lot at the edge of the park is listed for $990,000, according to real estate database

Part of a popular walking trail at Sir Sanford Fleming Park could be lost after a section of land at the park's edge went up for sale late last week.

The 2.3 acre, vacant waterfront lot is listed for $990,000, according to real estate database

Halifax West Armdale councillor Shawn Cleary was surprised when he found out last year part of the trail went through private land.

"It's been used defacto as part of the park for generations ... that looped trail goes across three pieces of land; our park, this private piece of land and a tiny sliver of it is on the Arbourstone land at the end," he explained.

He's now working with Halifax Regional Municipality staff to see if a plan can be put together to purchase the strip of property in a timely manner.

"It would be a terrible shame to lose any portion of that gem," Cleary said. "It's not only a regional park, it's a historic site that has importance for all of Canada."

The executive director of Hike Nova Scotia is hoping the municipality can find room in the budget to retain that section of the park.

"In a world where we're constantly fighting against losing green space, to have part of this wonderful park that holds a special place in the hearts of Haligonians, to have a piece of it cut out would be a real shame," said Janet Barlow.

With a steep listing price of just under a million dollars, it would be an expensive investment for HRM, but Cleary said if the someone else buys it, it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to reconfigure the trail.

Meghan Groff

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