15 Mar 2011

Overwhelming Public Support For Retention Of Halifax Skating Oval

HALIFAX: The vast majority of adults within the Halifax Regional Municipality, regardless of where they live, either completely (42%) or mostly (42%) support maintaining the skating oval on the Halifax Common. The most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates, Inc., indicates only 15% are either completely or mostly opposed.

Three in ten (30%) residents within the municipality took advantage of the oval and skated on it during the short period that the oval was made available to the public. Participation rates were surprisingly similar across the entire municipality, and it is clear that the oval attracted residents from across the whole municipality.

“Seldom since amalgamation has there been an issue with such overwhelming consensus and support,” according to Don Mills, President & CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Even more impressive is the actual number of residents that were able to skate on the oval during the short time it was available to the public. Participation from across the municipality should lay to rest the concern that the oval only serves those living on the peninsula.”

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 403 adult residents, conducted from February 7 to February 19, 2011, with overall results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 493-3838.

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Amanda Bates