Contact me at:
Phone: 902-240-0441
E-mail: paul.russell@halifax.ca

 

Constituency Coordinator:
Quentin Hill
Phone: 902-490-1463
E-mail: hillq@halifax.ca

 

Splashifax – Water Park for First Lake

On Tuesday, April 27, a new video appeared on Facebook that talked about a water park coming to First Lake.

Splashifax (https://splashifax.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Splashifax) is working to set up a water park on the shores of First Lake, by the Sackville Arena or by Sack-a-wa.

Everyone has been wondering about the water park. We’ve been wondering things like: how big is the park, how much is admission, when will it be open, how safe is it, what about water quality and boating, and much more. I’ve been collecting the questions and have been sending them to Splashifax. 

On Tuesday, May 11, I hosted a public information meeting along with the owners of Splashifax. A lot of information was presented and a lot of questions were answered.

I put together a block post, which you can see by clicking here, that contains the answers to much of this information. As I am able to, and as more information comes in, I will update this page.

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

Neighbourhood Speeding

We had one election in 2019 and another in 2020.

In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

Splashifax – Water Park for First Lake

On Tuesday, April 27, a new video appeared on Facebook that talked about a water park coming to First Lake.

Splashifax (https://splashifax.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Splashifax) is working to set up a water park on the shores of First Lake, by the Sackville Arena or by Sack-a-wa.

Everyone has been wondering about the water park. We’ve been wondering things like: how big is the park, how much is admission, when will it be open, how safe is it, what about water quality and boating, and much more. I’ve been collecting the questions and have been sending them to Splashifax. 

On Tuesday, May 11, I hosted a public information meeting along with the owners of Splashifax. A lot of information was presented and a lot of questions were answered.

I put together a block post, which you can see by clicking here, that contains the answers to much of this information. As I am able to, and as more information comes in, I will update this page.

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

Neighbourhood Speeding

We went through one election in 2019 and another in 2020. In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

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With this mailing list, I send out updates about the work that I am doing  and about the HRM work that would affect you.

I have been …

  • Working for our community – making Sackville an even better place to live
  • Working in a professional manner – treating people with respect and making sure that everyone knows what to expect
  • Collaborating with others to ensure that the load is shared and that we get the job done.

I represent your interests by considering …

  • What is best for our community and our country
  • Fiscal accountability, balanced with progressive social policy and individual freedoms
  • Respect for all Canadians equally and supporting Canadians first
  • Personal and corporate responsibility and accountability
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Support for sustainable development
  • A balance between environmental and economic issues

I am always looking to be make myself more available. Each day I have been publishing my agenda, my time at a coffee shop, and a copy of my calendar (this calendar may show some available times that have actually been booked).

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