The Purcell’s Cove Backlands
Massive progress towards an unbelievable urban wilderness park.
Soon, all this may be protected forever.
On September 5, 2017, Halifax Council voted to invest $4.5 million in turning the Purcell’s Cove Backlands into a Nature Conservancy.
A Beautiful Opportunity
In 2014, the Nature Conservancy of Canada approached the owners of this massive property and asked them if they would forego substantial profits from potential development to allow the land to instead be protected.
Now with Council support, two critical steps remain before the project moves forward.
The public must endorse the project at upcoming consultations.
The Conservancy must raise $2.5 million in donations.
The Nature Conservancy will design the protected area to meet multiple goals:
Recreation and Relaxation
The project will include a park with a wheelchair-accessible path and other public amenities.
Hiking and Learning
The deeper wilderness will include rough trails, with a focus on maintaining natural beauty. It will be programmed with educational opportunities.
The project will preserve bird habitat and the area’s unique ecosystems, such as the Jack Pine – Broom Crowberry Barrens.
Local residents have been working to protect this land for years. Time to make that dream a reality.
How you can help
Show support at the public consultations.
Council’s support for this project is contingent on the public voicing support at upcoming consultations. Signup below to be updated on dates and locations.
Write your Councillor
Express your excitement and support for Council’s visionary decision to move forward on this park.
The Nature Conservancy needs every bit of support they can get, big and small, to get to their $2.5 million fundraising target.
Let’s make this happen!
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Halifax has taken a massive step towards protecting this park, but to make sure we get it over the finish line, we need everyone’s support. Signup to find out about public consultations and how you can help make this park a reality.