Halifax residents vote to fund playground, waterfront furniture, skates

Residents of Halifax's district 7 voted Tuesday night to spend $94,000 on 8 municipal projects. Money is set aside in each district for citizen-led initiatives.

District 7 residnts voted Tuesday night to spend $94K on 8 municipal projects

Citizens voted to spend $4,000 on urban furniture for the Halifax Waterfront.

Residents of Halifax's District 7 voted Tuesday night to spend $94,000 on eight municipal projects.

All 16 councillors in the Halifax Regional Municipality are allotted some money to spend on small projects in their district.

This year south-end citizens voted to fully fund the following projects:

- A playground for Le Marchant St. Thomas Elementary school- $20,000 
- OPEN Projects urban furniture for the Halifax Waterfront- $4,000
- Speedy Kids Oval Program skate equipment- $5,000
- Spring Garden area bike racks and beautification- $20,000
- Halifax Cycle Coalition picnic tables and bike racks- $15,695
- Peter Green Hall Green space enhancements- $20,000
- Park to Park for Gorsebrook benches and signage- $4,500

Halifax Minor Baseball received partial funding of just under $5,000 for dugouts at Conrose Field.

"We had record numbers of participants, families, students, and folks of all ages come out and vote," Coun. Waye Mason said in a release.

About 335 people were at the Halifax Central Library Tuesday night to learn about the projects and vote on the five they felt were most important. That's up from 260 voters last year.

This is the third year District 7 residents have been allowed to vote on what projects they would like to see funded.
 
"It is amazing and humbling to see residents of Halifax south downtown come and say what matters to them," said Mason. 

City staff will look at the options chosen by citizens and if they are approved, the organizations will receive funding in just over a month.