Dartmouth North Renovation Project News

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February 5, 2018

Snow is falling on our outdoor project, but there's a wonderland beneath it all! The exterior changes are rolling along steadily, and you can see it all through our brand new Library sliding door—your portal to the upcoming Outdoor Library.

December 22, 2017

A new, large library window has been installed and outdoor improvements are appearing across the landscape.

With the arrival of the window, construction workers can remove the temporary exterior wall and resume building the Library deck and general structure. If weather is on our side, community members will soon be enjoying a new, grand view from inside their cozy Library.

October 27, 2017

We are watching our outdoor space as it transforms.

Right now, we see plenty of construction fences, plenty of machinery, and plenty of progress. It's easy to get excited about our future space as it changes before our eyes. The project is currently running on schedule with anticipated completion in late 2017.

We're still open during regular hours. Just follow the signs and we'll see you inside!

September 18, 2017

Construction has begun on our outdoor space.

Construction will not change the open hours of the building or the programs inside.

You will see construction happening on the Highfield Park Drive side of the building. There will be fencing and machinery present.

Please note that if you are driving to the Centre to drop off an item, you will need to park on the Pinecrest Drive side of the building.

September 11, 2017
Groundbreaking Ceremony
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July 26, 2017
Take a look at the latest Design Development Drawing

July 11, 2017

Preview Picnic
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What’s Happening?

Your Dartmouth North Public Library and Community Centre is venturing outside its walls!

The Dartmouth North Public Library and Community Centre has been the heart of its community since 1995. And now, it’s time for a breath of fresh air. Renovations will begin Summer 2017 to greatly improve our shared outdoor spaces and the ways we use them to share, learn, and grow.

The outdoor improvements are Phase 1 of the Dartmouth North Renovation project and have been made possible by a grant from the TD Common Ground Project (#TDCommonGround), funding from ACOA, and HRM capital funding.


Before Photos

Creating Vibrant Spaces

Library and recreation programming in the great outdoors awaits!

A furnished outdoor library; new playground; improved landscaping; and free 24-hour WiFi will take the Dartmouth North Public Library and Community Centre beyond its walls and build on its legacy. 

We anticipate Phase 2 of the Renovation Project –interior changes - will begin in late 2018.



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-Call Dartmouth North Public Library at (902) 490-5840
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Project Events

Groundbreaking Ceremony
September 11, 2017
We officially turned the sod on our Exterior Renovation Project, thanks to the support of all partners at TD, ACOA, and Halifax Parks & Recreation.

Preview Picnic
July 11, 2017 

The Library and Recreation teams were happy to host an outdoor experience that hinted at the fun to come in our new and improved space. Featuring Roots & Drum Dance, a spoken word performance by Guyleigh Johnson, interactive fun with the Discovery Centre and Nova Scotia Nature Trust, plus delicious local food, our Preview Picnic was a day for the books!


Community Show & Tell
May 17, 2017
The Library and Parks & Recreation were proud to host a community gathering to share conceptual plans for the space and celebrate the generous support of our donors.

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What is the Dartmouth North Exterior Improvement Project?

The outside of the Dartmouth North Community Centre is going under construction. 

Grassy areas, parking, and the playground will all be updated, and some new areas will be created. The Library and Parks & Recreation will be able to run programs and try new things outside. The outside of the Community Centre will be made safer and more modern.

Once the outside of the Community Centre is renovated –Phase 1, an inside renovation will begin-Phase 2. The details of the inside renovation are still being decided. We are working with the community to find out what changes are needed.

When does construction start and when will it end?

Construction outdoors begins September 18, 2017 and will be completed in December.

We anticipate indoor renovations will begin in late 2018. This timeline is still in the works.

Can I still use the Library and Community Centre during construction?

Yes. The outdoor renovations will not change the open hours of the building or the programs inside.

When the indoor renovation timeline is ready, we will share any changes to programs or open hours.

Why is the renovation happening?

The Dartmouth North Community Centre was built in 1995. The building and outdoor space around it need to be updated to match the community’s needs in 2017. Renovations and exterior improvements will help the Library and Community Centre to run better programs. Renovations will also help the space look more modern.


Where did the money come from?

Halifax Public Libraries and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) applied for funds from the TD Common Ground Project. The TD Common Ground Project gives money to projects that bring new life to green spaces across Canada and our idea was one they selected. On top of this money, we received funding from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and HRM’s capital budget.

Plans and funding for the inside renovation are still being determined.


What will the outdoor space be like after improvements are made?

The outside of the Dartmouth North Public Library and Community Centre will have:

-A furnished outdoor library
-Large, new windows looking out from the Library into the outdoor library space
-A new playground
-Free 24-hour WiFi that can be used outside even when the building is closed
-Better walkways
-Fun spaces for outdoor Library and Recreation programs
-New windows and doors leading out to the outdoor library
-Improved landscaping
-Improved safety
-Improved accessibility

What is an outdoor library?

Outdoor libraries are a new idea in Canada. The vision for this space is for the Library to be able to spill into the community. Halifax Public Libraries is proud to launch a space that has all the regular benefits of a library – connection, learning, growth – combined with fresh air and active living. 

How can I share my ideas or concerns?

-Share your input at the Dartmouth North Community Centre on our comments board
-Stay tuned at the Community Centre and halifaxpubliclibraries.ca for public events

What happens when construction ends?
We celebrate! Stay tuned for information about our Grand Outdoor Opening.

How can I find out about the progress of the project?

-Updates will be posted at Dartmouth North Community Centre and on the What’s Up section at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca
-Major updates will be shared on the @hfxpublib Twitter account
- You can also call the Library at (902) 490-5840


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