The Sir SanfordFleming Park Final Report
The Park’sLocation and Description
TheSir Sanford Fleming Park is a Canadian public and urban propertylocated in Halifax Regional Municipality within the Jollimorecommunity. The park is also known as the Dingle Park, which isanother name for "wooden valley." Of notable importance isthe centerpiece at the heart of the park, which is an impressive andstandout tower, which according to Radford & James (2013),commemorates the achievements made by Nova Scotia. The park ischaracterized by three main features: the woodland trails around thepark, a small sandy beach, and a playground.
When one enters into the main parking lot, one is stroked by thenorthwest arm of the park. This is the point where the playground,the wharf, and the sandy beach, are located. At the side of the sandybeach is a boat for navigation. Towards the northwest direction, thetrail follows the edge of the waters, and at some point, one can notethe spot with the woodland small streams down the cascading waterfallapproximately two feet high. The park`s trail has created a mannerthat it can enter the wooden sections characterized by differentloops.
Other sections of the trail lead into a small forest with largeerratic everywhere. The forest is characterized by a mixture ofdeciduous and mature evergreen trees. Here, larger section of theforest`s ground is covered by the Labrador tea form and pitchermature plants. The roadway entering the parking lot separates thepark into two equal sections. The Sir Sanford Fleming Park is calm,and its serenity during the summers is characterized by a strongsunlight, especially in the mornings. During cloudy winters, the sunis hidden, which in turn makes the park appear spooky, especiallywhen the forest trees have thick branches hanging above the snowyground. The winds also blow through the thick branches making uniquesounds. Additionally, Sir Sanford Fleming Park has snowy whitegrounds with breezing winds blowing across the small sandy beachwetting the benches situated on the shores.
Reasons forChoosing the Property – Sir Sanford Fleming Park
The reason for choosing the property – Sir Sanford Fleming Park –because of the cultural services the property offers. According toRunas & Dahlgren (2010), cultural services are characterized bythe aesthetic value, recreation purposes, essence for art andculture, spiritual experiences, and reasons for learning andcognitive development. My first impression of choosing the part wasfor aesthetic value. The tower standing tall at the center of thepark overlooking the small sandy beach falls nothing short ofincredible. The park is characterized by aesthetic features,especially the serenity the small sandy beach offers its users, givesthe soak playground around the beach the uniqueness it deserves.
Secondly, my choice of the property is based on the fact that it ismeant for recreation. The park presents itself as property, whichstrengthens the Jallimore community in Halifax, more so, its sense ofimage and identity. Thirdly, I was fascinated by the part`s sense ofculture and art. For example, the part owns a centerpiece at theheart of the park – that commemorates the achievements of NovaScotia. The commemoration offers a connection to the community`sculture with the users of the park. The users connect with the artand culture evidenced by the tower. According to Halifax RegionalMunicipality (2012), a sense of inspiration drawn from art andculture could be displayed in the public places on the benches,beaches, and side works.
Again, I choose Sir Sanford Fleming Park because of learning andcognitive development and for spiritual experience. On a sunny day,and especially during off days, the park is characterized by a lot ofpeople – the community around and the visitors – all havingdifferent reasons to be in the park. Halifax Regional Municipality(2012) commented that learning and cognitive development reflects onindividuals` mental growth regarding their memory improvement andperception of people and places. Sometimes people may prefer to havea quiet time to think and process their thoughts. The property offersa quiet place, serene environment, and atmosphere to indulge one`sfeelings, which means that when one seats on a bench or by the smallsandy beach, clarity in everything is emphasized.
Natural AreaCalculation as a Percentage of the Entire Area of the Park
The area of the section of the park – Sir Sanford Fleming Park –show below is approximated at 122,123 m^2. Radford & James (2013)explained that calculating a percentage of an area of the overalltotal area, percentages are important. In mathematics, percentagesfacilitate the comparison between two or more sections of an area,which are not equal to making it a fraction of the other.
The entire areaof Sir Sanford Fleming Park is approximated at 950,000 m^2 (95hectares)
Total area =950,000 m^2
%area = area ofthe section of the park x 100 / total area
= 122,123 m^2 x100 / 950,000 m^2
Fromthe above calculation, the section making up the area of Sir SanfordFleming Park is 12.9% of the total area of the park.
EGS Categories(Audit and Benefits)
EGScategories are made up of four services: provisioning services,habitat services, regulating services, and cultural services.According to Tratalos et al. (2007), provisioning services refer toecosystems that describe material or energy outputs from the setecosystem, for example, water, food, therapeutic services, ornamentalresources, and other raw materials. The second one, habitat services,is audited to include everything that individuals or animals requiresurviving. Sir Sanford Fleming Park, for instance, represents thekind of ecosystem, which offers unique habitat that is important forhuman, plants, and animals` life cycle. Regulating services isanother EGS audited as the kind of services that offers ecosystemsthrough regulators act, by providing food, quality air and soil, anddisease control.
Moderation of disturbance
Regulation of water floor
Culture and art inspiration
Fig1: Summary of audited EGS Categories
There are beneficial services gotten by the park (Sir SanfordFleming) by its users – residents and visitors – as a result ofwater availability, decorative resources, for example, the tower, andornamental services, such as the sandy beach. Sir Sanford FlemingPark is characterized by aesthetic beauty, and in this case, wouldoffer its users with, both the Halifax residents and visitors,specific ideas to apply once they are out of the park. The main rawmaterials available at the park are trees. Runas & Dahlgren(2010) noted that provisioning services are presented by the naturalenvironment, which in turn would be beneficial or its users. In thepark, the trees and other natural resources, including the sandybeach, benefits the users for its availability of timber from trees,fruits, and medicinal herbs and roots.
Sir Sanford Fleming Park is a property that is of importance to boththe Halifax and Jallimore community and the visitors. This is becausethe park can sustain lives. De Groot et al. (2012) documented thatthe ecosystems can sustain the natural resources consistencies, forexample, the photosystem and nutrient cycling. A closer look at theSir Sanford Fleming Park is characterized by a sandy beach, trees,and green playground. These features create the kind of conditionswith basic lives sustainability, for example, ecosystems and people.
These services are made up of the kind of climate of a place,regulatory quality of air, and disturbance moderation of anecosystem, the level of erosion, and water flow. As is shown from theaudited description in the table above, Sir Sanford Fleming Park isidentified by the serenity the sandy beach provides, occasional snowcover of the green-covered ground, and the trees surrounding thetower. The paths are aligned with benches facing the sandy beach, thetower, and modest residential houses from the remote Halifax town.
The atmosphere making up the park is serene, which is importantbecause it regulates the quality of air and moderates the amount ofdisturbance that is likely to have been created by the users.Generally, it is important to note that trees clean the air while atthe same time prevent erosion. The snowy ground during the winterprevents the soil from moving into the sandy beach. According toRunas & Dahlgren (2010), all these processes functionconcurrently to ensure there is delicate ecosystem and resilience tochanges.
Urban nature has particular elements that are responsible for havingimportant beneficial effects of the park, which includes sustainingthe urban ecosystems. These ecosystems, in turn, transform materialsfrom the park, including the trees, sandy beach, and playground, intophysical infrastructure, goods, and products. The EGS categoriesoffer sustainability because it regulates the nature of the SirSanford Fleming Park into a favorable facility, for example the sandybeach. Sandy beach, for n instance, is the kind of elemental urbannature, which is drawn from the natural environment representing thefacility – a park (Halifax Regional Municipality, 2012). A clearunderstanding of such kind of elements offers a frameworkinterpretation of nature around the park.
Recommendationsfor EGS Categories to Improve
Toimprove the EGS mentioned above categories at the park – SirSanford Fleming Park – assume residential effort around thefacility. The improvement would also take the effort made by thevisitors, volunteered labor, and volunteer residents. Again, toimprove these categories would require a particular initiative thatwould urge the institutions or communities involved to takeresponsibility (Radford & James, 2013). To improve these EGSservices, apart from proper planning and assessment, well-designedprocesses related to work would have to be managed, maintained, andassessed over a long period.
Another recommendation would be a too well-established institutionto oversee all the participatory and management processes of partiesinvolved with these services in the park. One of the stages would beto have a proper presentation of the situation of the park,importance weighed on the park, and a well-executed process. Again,the improvement in these categories should be based on the importancethe park offers to its users. For example, the park has three mainfeatures the playground, sandy beach with a boat, and the towersurrounded by trees. With such features making up the park, thefeatures will help in planning the park to facilitate theincorporation of specific needs for feasibility (Tratalos et al.,2007). Additionally, the improvement of these EGS categories would beattained by determining the kind of nature the park offers to itsusers, natural resources around the place, and the landscapeoverlooking Halifax town.
Sir Sanford Fleming Park is located in Halifax, Canada. The park ischaracterized by a well-manicured playground, a sandy beach, and atower surrounded by trees. The serenity the park offers to its usersis known as the cool breeze from the sandy beach, wet playground, andsnowy surfaces, especially during winter season. As was discussedabove, the main reasons for choosing the property for this finalreport ranges from having a sense of aesthetic value, for recreationpurposes, cognitive development, and disturbance control from theresidents and visitors alike.
The percentage of the representation area calculated on the entirearea was found to be 12.9%. The actual area of the park is 950,000m^2, and the representation area is 122,123 m^2. The percentage wasfound to be way below the quarter mark. The paper identified four EGScategories services, which include positioning services, habitatservices, cultural services, and regulating services. All thesecategories were found to contribute to the park`s sustainability. Therecommendations made to improve the park were based on planning,assessment, and management of the activities that would facilitateproper care.
Firg2: A section of the Sir Sanford Fleming Park overlooking the sandybeach
Fig3: Sir Sanford Fleming Park sandy beach
Fig4: Sir Sanford Fleming Park during the winter
Fig5: Civic Address (De Groot et al., 2012)
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