A project will begin later this spring to renovate the south gardens of the Nova Scotia legislature. “This much-needed refresh will enhance the accessibility of the legislature grounds and beautify them in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in 2019,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. “The grounds will be more attractive and inviting to Nova Scotians and visitors.” Enhanced accessibility will be an important component, with paving stones replacing gravel on the pathways and ramps added to improve accessibility to the park area. Paving stones will replace the current asphalt driveway on the Hollis Street side of the building. New benches will be installed in the area surrounding the statue of Joseph Howe, as well as planter boxes, flowering shrubbery and new sodding. The site’s drainage system will be enhanced and the grade improved. The project calls for improved lighting to the Hollis Street side of Province House and the Joseph Howe statue, as well as more traditional lamp posts. Province House will remain open during the renovation. The project is expected to be complete in early September.