Spring Garden, Halifax
Spring Garden and South Park on a rainy night.
|Municipality||Halifax Regional Municipality|
|Community council||Peninsula Council|
|Planning Area||Halifax Peninsula|
Spring Garden, along with Barrington Street (which it adjoins) is a major commercial and cultural district in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It acquired its name from the fresh water spring that flows directly beneath it. It comprises Spring Garden Road, South Park Street, and a number of smaller side streets. The area is considered to be one of the trendiest areas in Halifax.
Spring Garden Road is home to a number of pubs, coffee shops and boutiques, making it busy both day and night. On Spring Garden one can also find the Main Branch of Halifax Public Libraries, the Halifax Provincial Court, the school of architecture and the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University (the former Technical University of Nova Scotia), the Halifax Public Gardens, and St. Mary's Basilica. The area is also in proximity to the Citadel and the Halifax Metro Centre, and several major hotels are located nearby.
Spring Garden road runs out to Robie Street, and then becomes Coburg Road, a largely residential thoroughfare. It is served by numerous Metro Transit routes. Routes 1, 10, 14, 18, 20 and 80 provide service from 6am until midnight daily.
The street sees some of the highest foot traffic in the city, and hosts several popular public gathering places. The Lord Nelson Hotel, at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, is a Halifax landmark. During the 1960s its grounds were a popular hang-out for artists and hippies, but the wall outside upon which people sat was subsequently redeveloped into shops. The park outside the Spring Garden Memorial Library is a particularly popular place to stop and rest. Citizens can enjoy the buskers and purchase food from several vendors, including the Bud the Spud chip truck. The low wall around the garden is a very popular place to sit and rest.
Victoria Park, including the square surrounding the Robert Burns statue at the corner of Spring Garden and South Park, is sometimes used for arts events, community gatherings, and demonstrations. In 2011, the site was briefly home to the Occupy Nova Scotia movement, who agreed to relocate there after Mayor Peter J. Kelly requested they vacate the Grand Parade to make way for the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Unbeknownst to the protestors, the mayor controversially issued an order to have the site cleared by police on the morning of Remembrance Day, and several protesters were arrested.
The new Halifax Central Library, nearing completion on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street, should form a new locus of activity on a site which had previously been a surface parking lot for over five decades.
- Barrington Street, Halifax
- Brunswick Street
- Queen Street
- South Park Street
- Martello Street
- Summer Street
- Robie Street
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Sacred Heart School of Halifax
- Victoria Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Lord Nelson Hotel
- Park Lane Mall
- Halifax Central Library (opening 2014)
- Spring Garden Road Memorial Library
- Municipal Law Courts
- St. Mary's Basilica
- Maritime Centre
- "Occupy Nova Scotia: Halifax Mayor Orders Eviction From Victoria Park". Canadian Press. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- "Occupy N.S. protesters plan next move after eviction". CBC News. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014.