HRM Survey

BROOKLINE CONNECTION

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has released its first survey to ascertain usage patterns and needs for access for the future Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) Regional Wilderness Park.  Although some preliminary planning for potential access sites was done in 2012 by HRM, little was done until Cobequid Consulting was hired to design a Hobson’s Lake trail to connect with the new Brookline Park Subdivision in Bedford West. This survey also gives contributors the opportunity to add general comments related to the future of the BMBCL park.

 

ACCESS PLAN NEEDED

Access to popular areas within the BMBCL has been a growing problem. There have been increasing numbers using the Collins Road access to the point where it is causing stress on the neighbourhood; this past Fall, blasting warning signs were erected  on the lands to the rear of Kent Building Supplies (the unofficial main entrance) due to the excavation work underway on the adjoining BANC lands and several years ago and no parking signs were erected for safety reasons along Hwy 102 making getting a canoe into Susies Lake extremely difficult.

Initiating the planning work underway (including the selection of access points and their design) for the Regional Wilderness Park has been a major focus of the Friends of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Society – planning is desperately needed to determine the ultimate concept, and from that the boundaries and from that the  access points, their size, location and amenities. Please contribute your voice to this small step forward in the planning for the BMBCL Regional Wilderness Park. 

 

SURVEY ALLOWS FOR PERSONAL COMMENT

 

The survey has three sections where personal comments can be added to regarding the need for developing an overall park concept and management plan, as well as a coordinated system of access points that serve all residents. This represents an important opportunity to have a say not only on the Brookline trail to Hobsons Lake but also on other areas relevant to the future park.

Submissions must be completed by March 5, 2021.

Hobsons Lake is now totally surrounded by property owned by HRM, purchased in 2018. Photo: Mike Bayer

Hobsons Lake is but one of 22 within the wilderness park boundary envisioned by the Friends of BMBCL. Photo: Richard Vinson

The HRM page describes key points relative to the survey.

To date, all trail improvements such as this bridge over the Hobsons Lake outflow have been completed by volunteers.

Groups converge at the stream crossing, Hobsons Lake, December, 2020 Photo: Richard Vinson

Trail degredation can be found throughout the BMBCL but is especially noticeable on the existing trail to Hobsons Lake (from Collins Road cul-de-sac). Photo: Richard Vinson

Wildlife remain in the area and, as of fall, 2020 beaver were still active at Hobsons Lake.

The new trail from Brookline subdivision will parallel part of the Hobsons Lake outflow, seen here. Photo: Richard Vinson

The Hobsons Lake outflow is a popular side trip and is a welcome stop on a warm summer day.

The Collins Road cul-de-sac has seen very heavy use since the start of the pandemic.

CollinsRoad2pmSundayMay 3

Upwards of 60 cars are often seen parked along Collins Road on busy weekends.

Hobsons Lake is now a popular destination year round. Photo: Patricia Patterson

Wildlife remain in the area and, as of fall, 2020 beaver were still active at Hobsons Lake.