Shannon Park


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Shannon Park is a former military community on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is immediately south of the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in the city of Dartmouth. It straddles several transportation routes, namely, Highway 111 and a CN Rail freight line, as well as Halifax Harbour and is bordered on the south by Tuft’s Cove.

History

Shannon Park, along with the adjacent military community of Wallace Heights, was primarily used for housing the families of personnel serving with the Canadian Navy. It was built in the 1950s to remedy the shortage of housing which plagued sailors and their families in Halifax during World War Two. The community was named after HMS Shannon, the Halifax-based frigate which won a notable victory in the War of 1812.

With defence cutbacks reducing the number of personnel serving in the navy and expanded housing available on the civilian market, Shannon Park and Wallace Heights were closed in 2004 and remaining residents were moved to military housing at Willow Park. The former housing structures have fallen into decay. The former Shannon Park high school is now an elementary school.

Immediately north of the community on the Bedford basin adjacent to the MacKay bridge lies the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, as well as a Canadian Coast Guard communication centre, and a Canadian Food Inspection Agency laboratory.

Until the HRM withdrew their bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, urban planners envisioned Shannon Park to be used for locating the proposed sports stadium, athletes village and several additional venues. Disposal of the land is being negotiated between National Defence and the Canada Lands Company crown corporation. Mi’kmaq from the Millbrook Reserve near Truro have applied for a portion of the land. Shannon park now has a French immersion school.

Although presently unused, Shannon Park remains part of the CFB Halifax defence complex.

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