The Victoria ParkFinal Report
The Park’sLocation and Description
TheVictoria Park is urban Public Park along the Spring Garden Road inCanada`s town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, across the Halifax PublicGarden. The park is in the midst of various statues and monumentserected by the North British Society, for example, the Robbie Burns,William Alexander, and Sir Walter Scott. The park is also located atthe northern end of the Colonel Sidney Memorial Fountain. The parklies in the midst of the Hydro-stone Market, Halifax, with notablefeatures including monuments, residential and office buildingssurrounding it, well-manicured grounds, benches, and trees withnarrow paths passing through them, for instance, Truro.
The park has a huge gate made up of two stone poles standing apartfrom each other with metals designed and with the inscriptions,"Victoria Park," which runs between the two poles. The parkis characterized by a lot of trees with the ground covered withgrass, and with some sections separated by trees. The trails followthe loops on the outside and the walking paths from the insidereligiously. From the entrance to the park, one connects with thewoody trees, a mixture of both the mature evergreen and deciduoustrees. The serenity created by the trees is also as a result ofdirect sunlight, more so in the mornings, cutting through the talltrees, and with some reflected by shiny monuments within the park.
Onwinter mornings, the park is gloomy and spooky is appearance,especially inside the trees covered by the thick branches and snowyground. On windy days, the trees block strong wind forces with thethick branches creating unique sounds. Also, the Victoria Park haseverything in it, including the benches, monuments, and paths, fullof color, sheer beauty, and breezy atmosphere.
Reasons forChoosing the Park – Victoria Park
Reasons for choosing the Park – Victoria Park – is mainlybecause of its convenience and leisure purposes, and for itsbeauty/aesthetic value (half of the park is covered by trees). Otherreasons include, for recreation purposes, learning and cognitivedevelopment, and inspiration for art and culture provided by themonuments. According to Radford & James (2013), these featuresmake up the cultural services. I was first impressed with the park`saesthetic value and convenience. The park is located at the center ofthe Spring Garden Park, Halifax, which can easily be accessed. Andwith the monuments characterizing the park from almost all corners,one can connect well with the buildings across the street, making itunique and beautiful to watch.
Ialso choose the property because of leisure and recreation purposes.The park`s location first serves to strengthen the Halifax community,especially with the monuments having unique images with a particularidentity with the community in the area. Again, I was impressed bythe park`s attachment to art and culture considering it is awell-known park. For example, the Colonel Sidney Memorial Fountain tothe east of the park serves as a reminder for Colonel Sidney, one ofthe notable figures in the Halifax community. This fountain is partof the community`s culture, which connects the community with theirpast. According to Tratalos et al. (2007), inspiration is drawn fromsuch pieces as art and having a strong culture connected with thepublic in the form of inscriptions on the walls, drawings in the formof monuments, and fountains in gardens and parks.
Lastly, I preferred the property because of the trees and a sheerbeauty it offered to its users, which according to Runas &Dahlgren (2010), makes up a section of learning and cognitivedevelopment. On a clear warm day, for example, a lot of people crowdthe park, both the community residents and visitors, many of themhaving different reasons for the park. Tratalos et al. (2007) notedthat such learning experiences are a reflection of the mental growthperceived by such places and individuals. The property – VictoriaPark – offers a quiet, breezy, and serene atmosphere made up oftrees
Calculatingthe Natural Area a Percentage of the Overall Area
According to Runas & Dahlgren (2010), calculation of the sectionof an area as a representation of the entire area is important,especially within percentage calculation. The area of the section ofthe park – Victoria Park – shown below is approximately342,972m^2. Mathematically, percentages are used to determine thecomparison between sections of an area, two or more, that are notequal to determine representation.
Forthe Victoria Park, the actual area is approximately 890,000m^2.
Total area of thepark = 890,000 m^2
Percentage area =area of the represented area x 100 / total area
= 342,972m^2 x100 / 890,000 m^2
Fromthe calculation, the represented area of the park – Victoria Park –is 38.5% of the entire area of the park.
The EGSCategories (Provisioning, Regulating, Habitat Services) Audit andBenefits
TheEGS Categories comprises of four services: Habitat, provisioning,cultural, and habitat services. To begin with, provisioning servicesrefer to ecosystem services that are made up of natural energy ormaterial output, which describes the particular ecosystem. Theseservices include water, therapeutic services, food, ornamentalresources, and other materials. Regulating services are audited toinclude specific services offering specific ecosystems withregulators control, for example, through the provision of quality airand soil, and control of emerging diseases. Thirdly, habitat servicesare audited to offer survival specificities to people, animals, andplants. The Victoria Park, for example, is a representation of anecosystem with unique importance to plants and animals` life cycle.
Moderation of disturbance
Regulation of water floor
Culture and art inspiration
Fig1: List of Audited EGS Categories
ThePark – Victoria Park – is rich with a range of services, whichinclude the availability of water, shade, sunlight, and aestheticfeatures, which includes monuments and adjacent tall buildings.Victoria Park is made of features that offer its users a sense ofbeauty and aesthetics. These features are benefited by the Canadians,especially the community around Halifax, and visitors visiting thearea. Again, the park has other services including raw materials mademajorly made up of trees. According to De Groot et al. (2012),provisioning services are mainly made up of the natural resources.These resources benefit the users. In Victoria Park, theseprovisioning services are made up of trees, paths, covering grass,and other natural features, which in turn benefit the users in theform of shades, resting place, and recreational services.
Victoria Park is an urban park, a public property at the center ofmonuments and residential and office building is Halifax. Theproperty is important for the Halifax resident communities andvisiting individuals. The park has stood the test of time because ofits ability to sustain lives and offer beneficial services. Accordingto Radford & James (2013), ecosystems have the ability tomaintain and sustain lives and other natural resources, for example,the nutrient cycling and photosystem processes. Victoria Park ischaracterized by tall trees, greener grounds, and rich soils alongthe Truro paths. All these habitat services establish perfectconditions for life sustainability for the people.
Regulating services are basically about the climate of a placecontrolling what lies beneath, which in this case, is the VictoriaPark. Regulating services are made up of air regulations, moderatingdisturbances, and controlling soil erosion. The EGS table lists someregulating services. These services are identified in the VictoriaPark has having a serene atmosphere, canopy trees with breezyshadows, and shades. The footpaths along the Truro sections havemodest greener grounds.
Victoria Park is made up of a calm and peaceful atmosphere that isessentially important because it regulates and controls the amountair passing through the park while it moderates the level ofdisturbance created by community and visitors around the area. It iscrucial to note that during the winter season, the amount of water inthe ground may end up eroding the loose ground. The grassy ground atsuch season prevents the loose ground from being eroded. According toRunas & Dahlgren (2010), regulating services include processesthat intertwine and function together for regulation purposes.
There are elements of urbanization responsible for engaging inimportant effects, in this case, of Victoria Park, which is comprisedof urban ecosystems sustainability. In turn, these urban ecosystemschange materials and features at the park, including trees and firmground, and turn them into useful goods, products, and products inthe midst of the Spring Garden Road. For instance, all the EGScategories found in the park offer a sense of regulations andsustainability to a more popular public property. The tall trees, forexample, are the type of natural resource, which is the maincharacteristic of the park. For clarity purposes, the natural elementof the park offers the enduring to users activities.
The EGS categories, which consist of regulating, habitat,provisioning, and cultural services, can be improved around theproperty, Victoria Park. This improvement will involve the buildingof temporary wooden houses for animals (squirrels) in the park, whichalso will include the birds. This will be done by volunteeringcommunities, visitors, and the hired individuals. Additionally, thesecategories can be improved through awareness of the users. De Grootet al. (2012) noted that these EGS services can be improved throughproper planning and construction of animal houses. These procedureswill require proper management of skilled individuals related to theprocess until the completion.
Additionally, the maintenance of the park will require improvementthat should overlook the management process of the park and what itcontains. One of the stages will require a close examination andstudy of the park to ascertain a good position to locate thetemporary animal shuttles and wooden houses. The improvement will befollowed by planning of the park, positioning of its key features,for example, the monuments and trees, to better incorporate thefeasibility of the property (De Groot et al., 2012). These categoriescan be improved by determining the type of nature that the park willoffer the community around Halifax.
Victoria Park is an urban park located in Halifax, Canada,specifically along the spring garden road. The park is made up oftall trees, benches, playground, and well-manicured lawns. Thecalmness of the park offers resident users and visitors the sereneatmosphere and wet playgrounds during the winter season. Key reasonsfor choosing the Park is because of the beauty and aesthetic value ithas, recreation purposes, tall trees, moderate the disturbance, andfor leisure purposes and convenience to the users.
The representation area of Victoria Park was calculated over theoverall area and was founded to be 38.5%. The Victoria Park had anactual area of 890,000 m^2, and the represented area is 342,972m^2.The paper also recognized EGS categories as services that comprise ofpositioning services, cultural services, regulating services, andhabitat services. These categories were also found to make up alarger section of the park and have contributed to the sustainabilityof the park. For improvement, the recommendations included properplanning and assessment of the park, building temporary shuttles foranimals, and creating awareness in the community.
Fig2: Victoria Park Gate
Fig2: Sir Walter Scott Monument
Fig4: A section of Victoria Park
Fig5: Aerial view of Victoria Park
Fig6: Civic Address (De Groot et al., 2012)
Fig7: Accessed from http://maps.halifax.ca/website/ExploreHRM/viewer.htm
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