ACTIVE LIFE: Upgrades continue behind the scenes

NANAIMO – Parks, Recreation and Environment planning has already begun for fall and winter.

By Tammy Toor

While we’re in the middle of the long dog days of summer, there are many behind-the-scenes tasks happening at Parks, Recreation and Environment as we get ready for the return of the fall and winter season.

A major project is happening at Beban pool and weight room during the annual facility shut down. Besides the usual deep cleaning and regular maintenance, work includes the conversion of chlorine gas to chlorine pucks which is much safer; retro-fitting the sauna and steam room; removing the pirate ship play feature that is now past its useful life; changeroom renovations; painting and additional weight room equipment – just to name some of the projects.

Although it looks like a major construction zone right now, when the pool opens on Sept. 2, there will be some noticeable improvements. For those of you who are sad to see the pirate ship gone, there will be something replacing it next year. See the plans at the pool for details.

The production of your Fall and Winter Activity Guide is wrapping up. We have a team of program coordinators, instructors and marketing staff who work together to bring you the activity guide. This process takes several months of planning and organizing, but it’s very rewarding to be offering such a wide range of programs, special events and community information to the citizens of Nanaimo to meet needs and interests. Look for your copy starting Aug. 23 at all of our recreation facilities. Program registration begins on Aug. 27.

We still have room in many of our summer camps and programs, so if the kids are looking for something to do, check out the current Activity Guide for ideas on making the last weeks of the season memorable and full of adventure.

We hope the rest of your summer is fantastic, and we look forward to you visiting the ‘new’ Beban pool and your participation in one of our many programs or special events this fall and winter.

Tammy Toor is a communications and graphics specialist with the City of Nanaimo.