Port-to-port study earns national award
Cape Breton Post
Sat., Mar. 7, 2009
SYDNEY - A study on possible strategic uses of the former steel plant and
coke ovens lands has won a national award from the Canadian Society of
The Port-to-Port Corridor study, commissioned by the
Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Sydney Tar Ponds Agency and federal
Department of Environment and written by CBCL Ltd., was one of three
projects to receive a national citation award from the society.
Gordon Smith, a landscape architect with CBCL's Halifax office, said the awards
bring significant recognition to the winners, especially because the list
is publicized in Canada and sent to the U.S. landscape architects'
association as well, "so getting an award there kind of puts you on the
map." He said the port study examined the historical uses and possible
future uses of the land running from the old Sysco steel wharf on the
waterfront all the way to the airport. "There was some discussion about
what might happen on the coke ovens lands and concentrating on areas where
you'd want development to happen in future," said Smith. "It's also a bit
of an inspirational document as well.
This was kind of saying here the
area is experiencing population and economic decline and it doesn't have
to be looked at as a bad thing. It can be looked at as an opportunity to
preserve quality of life."