where sea meets city is not always a pretty sight – docklands, railyards, industry and in the worst cases some nasty effluents too. it’s cause for celebration when local governments get it right and reclaim urban seafronts for the public with a mash-up of recreational, residential and business opportunities.
residents and visitors to halifax have plenty to enjoy on a 1.5 kilometre boardwalk skirting the downtown core and the shoreline of the world’s largest, ice-free natural harbour. the space is a magnet for special events ranging from tall ships and beach volleyball tourneys to buskers and the night time art extravaganza, nocturne.
it’s also a place where fun and play abound as the kids showed us this weekend. the last thing we expected to come across was a bubble machine. but there it was manufacturing magical bursts of shimmery shapes (click for larger images).
all hail the bubble maker
bubble poppin’ finale
for kids, the grown-up rest stops are quickly transformed into swing buzzes and obstacle courses…
p is for pivot
stretching and hiding
then there is art as affordance, an irresistible invitation to skitter up to the crest of the wave sculpture and then slide down to the base…
cresting the wave
a hop, skip and a jump from the wave is halifax’s own orange sub complete with conning tower, escape slide, a jules verne see through nose and springrider whales flanking its seaward side.
we all play in an orange submarine
the sub is no longer quite as shiny as it appears in this photo from a few years ago but it continues to be a waterfront favourite with the kids. thanks to develop nova scotia as well as the municipal, provincial and federal governments for working together to make the land meets sea zone a kid friendly place with playable spaces.
what’s happening on your waterfront?