Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Recovery for a Wonderful Park

When I was a kid in the north end of Halifax, it was a routine in the summer for my brothers and I to hop a bus in the morning and go to the extreme other end of the city to Point Pleasant Park. We'd stay for the day, make a fire on the shore, and roast hotdogs and marshmellows.

 It is situated at the mouth of Halifax Harbour and up until September 2003, it was full of very old, large trees.Point Pleasant Park: The Challenge

Hurricane Juan hit hard and the damage is still visible at the Park and as well around the municipality. We lost about twenty trees here. It certainly opened everything up and created a lot of cleared spaces.

PP Park lost thousands of trees and it will take a couple of generations for it to have any semblance of its former grand self.

But, in the meantime, it is interesting to watch the changes happening.......all the new growth, and the views now from the centre of the Park are incredible. It's amazing how we can adapt to change.

Here are a few pics of yesterday's 'walk in the Park'. The orange coloured ship is carrying cars/autos and dropping them off across the harbour in Dartmouth.

This next 'container' ship is heading to one of two container piers in the harbour.

Imagine the Park with trees everywhere! That's what it was like before Juan. Here's a few more pics to convince you to get out to the nearest PARK and enjoy it.

Ron and Sophie........

New growth.......

Old Victorian bandstand.......

New species......Cranus Imaginatus.
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