CFB Halifax building over playground
CFB Halifax is pressing ahead with construction plans for a children’s play area, despite complaints it will damage family life on the base.
Base Commander Angus Topshee said there is no room for compromise. The base needs more housing and that means less green space at 12 Wing Shearwater. He said the swings area will remain in place.
The base has a waiting list of 80 families and the construction is for the first batch of new military housing at Shearwater since 1956.
He apologized for not informing residents about the work.
"I've talked to one of the residents out there and apologised for failing to get that letter out there. But at the end of the day, I think this really is a good news story for the military families in CFB Halifax," he said Tuesday.
Mother to keep fighting for green spaces
Pamela Van Berkel has been asking since October to keep the field at the centre of her neighbourhood, but construction crews are digging it up.
She spoke to CBC about it last week.
Van Berkel said she's still going to advocate for more green spaces in her community.
"The green space is absolutely gone. The only basketball court on the base is gone," she said Tuesday.
Van Berkel says it will spell the end of many neighbourhood activities.
"You name it: baseball, soccer, football, tag. We had an annual water-balloon fight out here. The whole community was involved," she said.
Van Berkel said the nearest field will now be along roads with no sidewalks.
"I would like to keep this in the news and current so someone can help us move forward. [We're] just protecting our open spaces and free-range play for the kids in the neighbourhood," she said.