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Children’s Playground

Halifax

The popular playground near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic was replaced in 2011. Based on input from local children during consultation sessions, and experts ranging from boat builders and designers to safety consultants, two key features emerged – a two-dimensional octopus wall and a 45-foot submarine. New lighting, seating and landscaping were also part of the project.

Before the new playground took shape, dozens of children and families gathered to pay tribute to the well-loved 25-year-old playground and get a sneak peek of its replacement.

The submarine for the new playground was built in Gold River, NS by boat builder Bruce Thomson and his team at Tern Boatworks. They used the same strip-planking method used in the Bluenose II restoration project. The structure includes a slide, periscope, portholes, climbing feature and interactive elements. The first level is also wheelchair accessible.

The playground team included McGowan Marine Design, Projectworks Artistry, Fogo Creative, Grace Kells Playground Safety Consultants, and BMR Structural Engineers, who refined the concepts to ensure safety while maintaining a custom design for the Halifax waterfront.

Project partners include Halifax Port Authority, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Outside! Planning and Design Studio.