Harewood Skatepark

The City of Nanaimo is planning a new Skatepark at the Harewood Centennial Park.  The new park has received strong support from community partners including the Harewood Neighborhood Association and the Nanaimo Skateboard Association who have raised funds for the project.  The park will consist of a street style plaza, and a kidney shaped bowl.  

Graphic Rendering of Harewood Skatepark Concept
Future 1. Graphic Rendering of Harewood Skatepark Concept

Harewood Centennial Park MapFigure 2. Harewood Centennial Park Site Map 

Project Timeline

Design has been completed and the current plan is construct the park in early 2020 and be completed by June 2020.

Project Budget

The approved project budget is $779,240.

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 is planned to begin in early 2020 and be complete by June of 2020. Additional progress updates will be made available below as the project progresses.

    Project Updates

    • October 2, 2019:The Project Tender was issued.
    • November 2019: The Project has been awarded and is now in the construction phase.
  • 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 Park will be concrete with integrated public art. The artistic elements will reflect 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.

  • 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.  Substantial completion is expected by June of 2020.

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