Harewood Youth Park

The City of Nanaimo recently opned a new Youth Park at Harewood Centennial Park. 

The new park has received strong support from community partners, including Mid-Island Co-op, who donated $30,000, Harewood Neighbourhood Association, Nanaimo Skateboard Association, Knowles Estate, the Community Works Fund through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and other community businesses and developers. 


Photo 1. Overall photo of park (courtesy of Sean Fenzl)

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Photo 2. Mayor, Council, Community Members and Staff at Official Opening (courtesy of Sean Fenzl)

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Photo 3. Skateboarder at the Youth Park (courtesy of Sean Fenzl)

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Project Timeline

Project is completed with the official opening on July 6, 2020.

Project Budget

The approved project budget is $778,000 (project came in on time and on budget)

Contact Information

If you have any comments or questions about the Harewood Skatepark Project, please contact us at 250-756-5321 or email constructioninfo@nanaimo.ca.

  • Progress

    Construction began in early 2020 and was complete in June of 2020.

    Project Dates:

    • October 2, 2019:The Project Tender was issued.
    • November 2019: The Project was awarded and started the construction phase.
    • Week of June 28, 2020 - opening of park (unofficially)
    • Monday, July 6, 2020 - officially opening ceremony
  • Documents
  • Details

    The final design of the skate park features two main areas:

    • Street Style Plaza - complete with eight types of facilities (descending taco with roll ends, big three block gap with up ledge-bank and up gap, turnarounds with drop in banks, start sets with hubba ledges and rails, banked hips, wedge to wedges, manula pads without ledges, and long flatrails).
    • Kidney-shaped bowl and slappy wall with down rails.

    The entire Youth Park is concrete with integrated public art. The artistic elements reflects the unique Chase River setting via paving patterns and skate-able features.

    This design was completed with input from community skaters and youth representatives from the Harewood area, including the Harewood Neighbourhood Association.

  • Background

    In 2010, Council received the Harewood Centennial Park Improvement Plan as a guide for future park enhancements.  Since 2010 a number of improvements have been completed including:

    • Installation of a playground for kids 2-12 that wraps around the water park and increases use for all four seasons
    • Improved climbing wall in partnership with the Romper Room Indoor Climbing Centre
    • Improved public parking
    • Removal of the barn/yard
    • Public access to over 3 acres of additional parkland
    • Mountain bike area in partnership with the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Association
    • Public art gateways
    • Some improvements to the existing lacrosse box
    • Site filling/preparation for future phases
    • Underground utility upgrades
    • Upgrades to the washroom and change rooms
    • Improvements to the uncovered sport court
    • Construction of a covered Sport Court

    In 2015 Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission (PRC) approved moving forward with a youth park concept design.

    In 2016 Council reviewed and approved the Skatepark concept and moving forward with a two phase detailed design. Detailed design began in 2017.

    In 2019, detailed design was completed and it was recommended to combine the two phases of the Skatepark and construct it in 2020.

    This Youth Park officially opened on July 6, 2020.

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