|Council discusses the usage of Shannon Park in the future (Evan McIntyre photo)|
By Evan McIntyre
On Tuesday, HRM council decided not to host the 2014/2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Events with a vote of 22 against one.
However, city council voted to work with Canada Lands to explore developing public housing or an outdoor sports facility in the future, with Shannon Park being a possible location.
“We need to light a fire under DND and Canada Lands to get that land freed up, so we can look at whether it’s a stadium or housing in some way,” said Councillor Dawn Sloane.
It was recommended that the city not move into building the facility for the games because it would be expensive. “The province has never offered its financial support for this project,” said Councillor Darren Fisher.
As Sloane put it, “this is Nova Scotia, we’re not Alberta. We don’t have gas. Only when we eat beans.”
Fisher said, “I thank the federal government for their interest as well, the stadium project is not dead, but we lose a great catalyst and hosting opportunity with the 2014/2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup of Soccer.”
As for Shannon Park lands, Councillor Jim Smith said, “I do not want something that will keep that land vacant on a hope and a prayer for five to 10 years.”
The land and its structures have been unused since 2004. They were considered in 2006 for the Commonwealth Games.