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Dalhousie students dream up plans for rebooted Shannon Park

Students in Dalhousie's Faculty of Architecture and Planning used Shannon Park as a real-life case study in planning a major development. Here are a few of their ideas.

Put the focus on people walking in an area they live and work in, architecture and planning students say

Students in Dalhousie's Faculty of Architecture and Planning used Shannon Park as a real-life case study in planning a major development.

Here are their ideas for the Big Build.

Julia Million 
Julia Million says focus on people walking, not driving cars. (CBC)

  • No cars — instead, put parking near the entrance to the community and prioritise walking. 
  • Build a farmers' market similar to Seaport Farmers' Market.
  • Light-scale industrial development, such as workshops, so that people could live and work in Shannon Park.
  • A main street boulevard.
  • Space for research, perhaps part of one of the local universities or colleges.
  • Keep the trees. 
  • Don't develop too close to the coast.

Jillian Vardy ​
Jillian Vardy says the waterfront should be saved for restaurants and shops. (CBC)

  • Create a design that embraces the industrial feel of the area, rather than fighting it.
  • Redevelop Windmill Road into more of a vibrant retail main street with businesses that are fun to pop into.
  • Make it an area where people live, work, study and play — and where they can walk between all of them.
  • Build a main boulevard leading to the waterfront. Leave room for pop-up markets and play structures for kids.
  • Erect eight- to ten-storey buildings with stores and restaurants on the main level, office space for the second and third, and apartments above. That way, you have people in the buildings all the time and avoid having a business district that is dead at night and on the weekends.
  • Put restaurants and shops on the waterfront, not condos. 
  • No stadium. 
Alex Leung ​
Alex Leung says a ferry terminal would be perfect. (CBC)

  • Build a ferry terminal.
  • Use a main street designed for cyclists and pedestrians. Build narrow car lanes to slow drivers. 
  • Put the parking underground, not on the surface. 
  • Limit the asphalt used in the rebuild. 

Kyle Whynot ​
Kyle Whynot thinks it's the perfect spot for an aquarium. (CBC)

  • Build an aquarium tapping into Halifax's coastal waters and the knowledge of the nearby Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
  • Improve public transit. 
  • Create plenty of places for people to sit and gather. 
  • Avoid creating big roads that are dangerous to cross. 

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