Active Life: City of Nanaimo offers plenty of ways to play

NANAIMO – Parks and rec provides programs to help get active.

By Tammy Toor

I don’t usually brag, but I am more than happy to tell others about how proud I am to live in this community.

This amazing place, aside from its spectacular beauty, has so many recreation opportunities that are easily accessible.

Just in the last few months, here some ways that I, personally, have utilized the programs and services of the Nanaimo Parks and Recreation Department:

Listened to music at the “Concerts in the Park” series;

Cooled off at the water parks;

Attended the Family Fun Night and barbecue at Departure Bay Park;

Went public swimming at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre;

Attempted to skate at the Parent and Tot session at Nanaimo Ice Centre;

Flew a kite at Pipers Lagoon Park;

Climbed to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and took in the views of Departure Bay;

Enjoyed a picnic at Jack Point Park;

Walked along the Queen Elizabeth Promenade;

Worked out at Beban Park Weight Room;

Searched for dinosaurs at Cable Bay Trail;

Hiked with friends through Linley Valley Park;

Helped my kids build a fort out of driftwood at Neck Point Park;

Participated in Canada Day celebrations at Maffeo Sutton Park;

Played with my kids at the new playground at Cottle Creek Park which is a project of the Partners in Parks Program;

Rode my bike along the Parkway and E&N trails;

Discovered some new trails through Planta Park;

Ran around Westwood Lake Park;

Learned about the salmon lifecycle while visiting Bowen Park;

Watched a friend’s son play a game of soccer at Beban Sports Fields;

Registered my son for the Kinder Prep Play and Learn program;

Tried the outdoor fitness equipment at Oliver Woods Outdoor Wellness Park;

Took my mom’s dog to the off-leash area at Wardropper Park;

Built sandcastles at Departure Bay Beach;

Created an art project with my kids at the summer playground program.

After compiling this list, I can’t help but brag about the many things we have in our community that enhance our quality of life and contribute to our overall wellness.

I love my parks and rec. That’s for sure. Now that you’ve seen my list, what’s on yours?

Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation.