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"Park It" Family Challenge

This July and August, join the Parks, Recreation and Culture challenge to discover the parks in your own neighbourhood. PARK your car and then WALK, RIDE your bike or SCOOT to the area and then participate in some activities (pack a picnic, kick a soccer ball, play "tag", bird watch...just some ideas) for a chance to win some prizes.

Let us know what you did by sending us a photo through Instagram (@nanaimoparksandrecreation) using the hashtag #ilovemyparksandrec or email us your photo. Be creative and share with us what you did to discover your neighbourhood parks!

SOUTH END PARKS

  • Bowen Park
  • Cariboo Park
  • Cinnabar Valley Park
  • Comox Park
  • Country Hills Park
  • Janes Park
  • Pawson Park
  • Petroglyph Park
  • Ranchview Park
  • Westwood Lake Park

CENTRAL PARKS

  • Beban Park
  • Brackenwood Park
  • Diver Lake Park
  • Forest Drive Park
  • Hawthorne Park
  • Keighley Park
  • Maffeo Sutton Park
  • Mansfield Park
  • Staffordshire Park
  • Westwood Lake Park

NORTH END PARKS

  • Brookwood Park
  • Carmanah Park
  • Cottle Creek Park
  • Daynes Park
  • Groveland Park
  • Kenwill Park
  • Linley Point Gyro Park
  • Roxanne Park
  • Westdale/Leslie Park
  • Westhaven Park

MEET OUR QUEST TEAM FOR RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS:

  • Wednesday, August 19, 6 pm at Neck Point Park

LOOK FOR OUR RECREATION STAFF for random "pop-ins" at the parks listed above throughout the summer to give out swag.

     

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    Visiting local parks and waterfront areas this summer is the City of Nanaimo's Water Safety Education Team. They will be out and about sharing safety messages with community members around drowning prevention and overall safety in and around the water through demonstrations and creative activities.

    The WSET can also be booked for water safety presentations for summer camp youth, daycare children and other community groups by calling Ashley Rowe, Aquatic Coordinator, at 250-756-5243 or through email.

    If you are visiting Westwood Lake this summer, take advantage of the Personal Flotation Device Loan Program. You will be able to borrow a PFD while swimming and then return it right there on site. The program is sponsored by the City of Nanaimo and Commercial Aquatic Supplies.

    August Schedule

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    StoryWalk® at Harewood Centennial Park (740 Howard Avenue)

    Join us for a FREE, self-guided interactive park and activity Story Walk between August 7-19 while you read "Little Boo" by author Stephen Wonderli.

    The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

     

    storywalk3_facebookeventStoryWalk® at Richard's Marsh Park (9 Ranchview Drive)

    Join us for a FREE, self-guided interactive park and activity Story Walk between July 24 to August 5 while you read "Giraffes Can't Dance" by authors Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.

    The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

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    The Popular Playground Program is Extended through August!

    Hey, kids! If you're between the age of 5 to 12, drop-in this summer (until August 28) to one of our playgrounds for FREE family fun! Activities could include games, arts, crafts and sports...all while practicing physical distancing to keep us all healthy and safe.

    • Mondays, 11 am-5 pm at MANSFIELD PARK
    • Tuesdays, 12-7 pm at COUNTRY HILLS PARK
    • Wednesdays, 11 am-5 pm at GROVELAND PARK
    • Thursdays, 12-6 pm at PAWSON PARK
    • Fridays, 11 am-5 pm at DEVERILL SQUARE PARK

     

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    Traditional Summer Camps

    Embrace your spirit of adventure and create experiences that last a lifetime. Parks, Recreation and Culture summer camps offer opportunities to play, build relationships and explore the outdoors. Camps run from Monday, July 6 until Friday, September 4 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The cost is $40 per day. Register by the day and choose from the following:

    • Bowen Park (ages 6-7)
    • Beban Park (ages 7-9)
    • Camp Compass (9-11); meets at different locations each week
    • Departure Bay (ages 8-10)
    • Harewood Sports for Shorts (ages 6-8)
    • Harewood Sports (ages 8-10)

    To register, please go online or call us at 250-756-5200. Space is limited, so register today!

    Arena Camps

    We are so excited because ice is coming back to Nanaimo Ice Centre! With that, the following ice daycamps are now available from August 4 to 14. They run daily from 8:30 am-5 pm, and the cost is $42 per day. 

    • Cool Kids Skate Camp (ages 6-11)
    • RecHockey Camp (ages 6-12)
    • NHL (ages 4-6): Aug 17-21, 8:30-9:15 am (#46409) at NIC
    • NHL (ages 4-6): Aug 24-28, 8:30-9:15 am (#37774) at NIC
    • NHL (ages 4-6): Aug 31-Sep 4, 8:30-915 am (#37776) at NIC
    • NHL (ages 7-11): Aug 17-21, 8:30-9:15 am (#46410) at NIC
    • NHL (ages 7-11): Aug 24-28, 8:30-9:15 am (#37781) at NIC
    • NHL (ages 7-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 8:30-915 am (#37782) at NIC
    • Boots 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46434) at NIC
    • Boots 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#37508) at NIC
    • Boots 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#37509) at NIC
    • Boots 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46432) at NIC
    • Boots 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#37831) at NIC
    • Boots 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#37832) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46429) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#37539) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#37540) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46418) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#37762) at NIC
    • RecSkate 1 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#37764) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46433) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#37739) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#39240) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46421) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#39135) at NIC
    • RecSkate 2 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#39199) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46430) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#39261) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#39263) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46425) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#39281) at NIC
    • RecSkate 3 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#39285) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46438) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 3-5): Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#39310) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 3-5): Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#39311) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46417) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#39325) at NIC
    • RecSkate 4 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#39327) at NIC
    • RecSkate 5 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#37843) at NIC
    • RecSkate 5 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46414) at NIC
    • RecSkate 5 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#37844) at NIC
    • RecSkate 6/7 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#46428) at NIC
    • RecSkate 6/7 (ages 6-11): Aug 17-21, 9:15-10 am (#37867) at NIC
    • RecSkate 6/7 (ages 6-11): Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-10 am (#37868) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 17-21, 8:45-9:15 am (#46412) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 17-21, 9:15-9:45 am (#46427) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 17-21, 10-10:30 am (#46431) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 24-28, 8:45-9:15 am (#39087) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 24-28, 9:15-9:45 am (#39088) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 24-28, 10-10:30 am (#39089) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 31-Sep 4, 8:45-9:15 am (#39095) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 31-Sep 4, 9:15-9:45 am (#39096) at NIC
    • RecSkate Private: Aug 31-Sep 4, 10-10:30 am (#39097) at NIC

    To register, please go online or call us at 250-756-5200. Space is limited, so register today!

    Other Children's Programs

      • Home Alone at Rotary Field House - Aug 12, 9 am-12 pm (#46183)
      • Home Alone at Rotary Field House - Aug 12, 1-4 pm (#46186)
      • Home Alone at Rotary Field House - Aug 25, 9 am-12 pm (#46184)
      • Home Alone at Rotary Field House - Aug 25, 1-4 pm (#46187)
      • Tennis Beginner (age 8-11) at North Island Tennis - Aug 4-7, 10-11:30 am (#36321)
      • Tennis Beginner (age 5-7) at North Island Tennis - Aug 17-20, 9-10 am (#36308)
      • Tennis Beginner (age 8-11) at North Island Tennis - Aug 17-20, 10-11:30 am (#36323)
      • Tennis Beginner (age 5-7) at North Island Tennis - Aug 24-27, 9-10 am (#36309)
      • Tennis Beginner (age 8-11) at North Island Tennis - Aug 24-27, 10-11:30 am (#36324)
      • Karate Juniors (age 8-12) at Shima Karate - Aug 6-18, 4:30-5:15 pm (#37103)
      • Taekwondo (age 4-7) at World Tae Kwon Do - Aug 17-24,  3:50-4:25 pm (#36947)
      • Taekwondo (age 7-12) at World Tae Kwon Do - Aug 18-25, 4:25-5:15 pm (#36951)
      • Let's Explore Brookwood Park (age 3-5) - Jul 26, 10-11:15 am (#46167)
      • Let's Explore Chase River Estuary Park (age 3-5) - Aug 12, 10-11:15 am (#46169)
      • Let's Explore Linley Valley Gyro Park (age 3-5) - Aug 29, 10-11:15 am (#46170)

      To register, please go online or call us at 250-756-5200. Space is limited, so register today!

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      60+ Outdoor Fitness

      • Fitness Level 2: Tue, Aug 4-25, 9 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46306)
      • 60+ Zumba: Tue, Aug 4-25, 10 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46307)
      • Sculpt & Tone: Wed, Aug 5-26, 9 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46352)
      • Sculpt & Tone: Wed, Aug 5-26, 10 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46353)
      • Fitness Level 3: Thu, Aug 6-27, 9 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46308)
      • Fitness Level 1: Thu, Aug 6-27, 10 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46367)
      • Fitness Level 1: Fri, Aug 7-28, 9 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46309)
      • Gentle Yoga: Fri, Aug 7-28, 10 am at Bowen Tennis Courts (#46368)

      Outdoor Fitness

      • Rock Your Body Boot Camp: Wed, Aug 5-26, 5:30 at Harry Wipper Field (#46350)
      • Rock Your Body Boot Camp: Mon, Aug 10-31, 5:30 pm at Harry Wipper Field (#46349)
      • Outdoor Pilates: Thu, Aug 6-27, 5:30 pm at Maffeo Sutton Park (#46360)
      • Outdoor Gentle Yoga: Fri, Aug 7-28, 10:15 am at Maffeo Sutton Pavilion(#46351)
      • Outdoor Bellyfit: Fri, Aug 7-28, 10 am at Harry Wipper Field (#46383)
      • Outdoor Zumba Gold: Mon, Aug 10-31, 10:15 am at Harry Wipper Field (#46361)

      Other Adult Programs

      • Simply Kayaking, July 22, 6-9 pm at 1840 Stewart Ave (#38593)
      • Simply Kayaking, Aug 19, 6-9 pm at 1840 Stewart Ave (#38594)
      • Nanaimo Bar Sunset Paddling, Jul 24, 6-9:30 pm at 1840 Stewart Ave (#38612)
      • Nanaimo Bar Sunset Paddling, Aug 14, 6-9:3 pm at 1840 Stewart Ave (#38610)

       

      To register, please go online or call us at 250-756-5200. Space is limited, so register today!

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