Park Avenue Park is located in the Harewood Neighbourhood at 933 Park Avenue. This property is zoned R1 – Single Dwelling Residential,
designated Suburban Neighbourhood in the recently adopted City Plan – Nanaimo ReImagined (City Plan),
and meets the desire for a potential park in this general area as identified
in the 2013 Harewood Neighbourhood Plan.
In 2019, the City purchased
this property to meet several complementary community benefits
with potential future uses including community nature park, a protected and
productive wetland, a site for community food production and future affordable
housing opportunities. These potential uses align with all five City Plan
goals of a Green, Connected, Healthy, Empowered and Prosperous Nanaimo as well
as Council’s strategic commitment to Environmental Responsibility and
A consultation process to guide the development of a Concept Plan for the subject property began in the summer of 2022. The Phase One community engagement included a guided site tour and charrette workshop to gather input from community members and representatives from other interested parties (the Phase One Engagement Summary can be found in the documents section) and resulted in the creation of a Draft Park Avenue Concept Plan.
At its regular meeting held 2023-Jun-19, the following motion was passed by City Council: “That Council receive the Draft Park Avenue Concept Plan – 933 Park Avenue (Draft – June 2023) and direct Staff to add a fifth option to keep the property intact without any affordable housing on it and proceed with a Phase Two public review and input process.”
A Phase Two public engagement process to obtain input on the five land use options for the draft Park Avenue Concept Plan was completed in October, 2023 (the Phase Two Engagement Summary can be found in the documents section).
Staff are currently seeking Council direction on a preferred land use option for 933 Park Avenue, and are preparing a report for Council consideration in December.
On December 18, 2023, staff presented a report to Council seeking direction on a preferred land use option before updating the Park Avenue Concept
Plan. Council was also given an overview of Phase Two engagement results. The staff report and Council meeting can be found above.