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Many municipal parks have reopened, but Haligonians asked to stay out of Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park, the Halifax Public Gardens, Victoria Park and Camp Hill will require considerable restoration work
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Point Pleasant Park's Black Rock Beach (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

NEWS RELEASE
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
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With over 900 parks throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, crews are working to assess and remove the significant volume of downed trees and debris left from Hurricane Dorian.
 
All sports fields, artificial turf fields and ball diamonds have reopened.

Many municipal parks have reopened, with the notable exception of Point Pleasant Park, the Halifax Public Gardens, Victoria Park and Camp Hill where considerable restoration work is required. These were some of the hardest hit parks which sustained extensive tree damage as a result of strong winds.

The public can help with the clean-up effort by NOT entering Point Pleasant Park. Given its size and multiple access points, it may appear that there was no damage to the park, however there are a number of areas which are unsafe with downed trees. It is important that the public stay out of Point Pleasant Park until future notice.  This will allow crews to finish their work more quickly and open the park sooner. 

Safety as a priority:

  • Do not clear downed trees or significant debris in municipal parks as this can be dangerous. Also, it can lead to potential contamination and spread of invasive species such as emerald ash borer and floating yellow heart. Please call 311 and debris removal will be handled by professional crews.
  • Do not attempt to enter the restricted area near the collapsed construction crane on South Park Street. A road and sidewalk closure is in place on South Park Street from the south side of Spring Garden Road to the north side of Brenton Place. Part of Victoria Park is also off limits until the site of the collapsed construction crane is deemed safe. These closures will remain in place until officials deem the area safe. See attached map for publicly restricted area.
  • If you see a downed tree in a park or on a trail, please call 311 to report it.

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