Here’s to You, Halifax Common

This #fetchfriday I want to talk about the Halifax Common (aka “the Commons”). This doesn’t fit the mould of a lot of my previous posts, because the Halifax Common is well known to most Haligonians, us included. Nonetheless, I think this incredible grassy–or snowy–space in the heart of Halifax deserves a shoutout.

For one great summer back in 2010, we lived on Hunter Street, so Dal and I were frequent fliers at the Halifax Common. (Did you know it’s the oldest city park in Canada?!) Now that we live in Dartmouth we don’t go all that often, but it still makes for a handy place to stop if we’re running errands downtown.

Its three biggest strengths are…

  1. Wildly convenient location;
  2. Tons of wide-open grassy fields = fetch heaven; and
  3. Quasi-dog park status.

Regarding the third point, I consider the Halifax Common to be a “quasi-dog park” because it’s not officially an off-leash area. But let’s get real. When is the last time you went by the Commons and didn’t see at least one dog running around in off-leash bliss? The Commons is the place to be for urban fetch games and play dates.

The fact remains that Halifax Common is technically on-leash only.  It’s not even on the list of sports fields that turn off-leash for the winter months (I discuss this fantastic program here). But its use–albeit illicitly–as an off-leash space is so widespread, I have decided to call it a quasi-dog park.

So here’s to you, Halifax Common.  Thanks for giving us tons of wide open space to stretch our legs, chase a ball, and take in this beautiful City.


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