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Kinsmen Participark in Beban Park will be closed next week so city workers can remove dangerous trees and invasive plant species. The work is the start of an improvement project that includes replacing signs and fitness stations in the spring. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo fitness park to close for removal of hazard trees and invasive plants

Tree cutting to start in Beban Park’s Kinsmen Participark as part of improvement project

 

Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021

 

The 190-step Seabold stairs, damaged by a storm in 2018, have been rebuilt from Vancouver Island yellow cedar and are once again open to the public. (City of Nanaimo photo)

Seabold Park stairs in north Nanaimo open again

Stairs, damaged by storm in 2018, have been rebuilt and reopened to public

 

A widened pathway, lighting and other improvements promise to convert a trail through Bowen Park into an urban cycling commuter link as part of a sewerage upgrade project to be carried out in 2021. (City of Nanaimo image)

Nanaimo sewer upgrade project will transform trail through Bowen Park

City asking for input into project’s design

A widened pathway, lighting and other improvements promise to convert a trail through Bowen Park into an urban cycling commuter link as part of a sewerage upgrade project to be carried out in 2021. (City of Nanaimo image)
Jack Bagley Park redevelopment plan. (RDN image)

$1-million Nanoose Bay park project put forward as a budget priority

RDN lists community parks projects to be included in proposed 2021-2025 financial plan

Jack Bagley Park redevelopment plan. (RDN image)
Rotary Centennial Garden at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Sean Fenzl photo)

New Rotary garden officially open at Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park

Rotary Centennial Garden design inspired by the shoreline

Rotary Centennial Garden at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Sean Fenzl photo)
Photos of 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island, taken from the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 707 Community Park Management Plan 2010-2020. (RDN images)

Gabriola Island’s 707 Community Park expands

Addition enhances wetland protection, completes trail loop, says RDN

Photos of 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island, taken from the Regional District of Nanaimo’s 707 Community Park Management Plan 2010-2020. (RDN images)
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)

BC Parks considering a day-use pass system for popular locations to avoid overcrowding

Although some parks have reopened, B.C.’s busiest parks have remained shut

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.. (Black Press Media files)
Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture has launched the ParkIt Challenge to get families out and discovering the city’s dozens of neighbourhood parks throughout the summer months. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo challenges families to Instagram their park explorations

ParkIt challenge set up to offer prizes to cap off days at the park

Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture has launched the ParkIt Challenge to get families out and discovering the city’s dozens of neighbourhood parks throughout the summer months. (News Bulletin file photo)
Sport fields are reopening in the City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo is taking registrations for summer camps. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo)

After COVID-19 closures, City of Nanaimo sports fields are reopening

Sports fields opening in Nanaimo and RDN taking registrations for summer camps

Sport fields are reopening in the City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo is taking registrations for summer camps. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file photo)
The public is asked to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when visiting Nanaimo’s water parks this summer. All water parks across the city opened Thursday for the summer season. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s water parks open today

Water parks across the city open for the summer; users asked to follow COVID-19 precautions

The public is asked to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when visiting Nanaimo’s water parks this summer. All water parks across the city opened Thursday for the summer season. (News Bulletin file photo)
(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)

Campers can get one site for the price of two in BC Parks this summer

B.C. campers disgruntled by full rates being charged for half-capacity double campsites

(Facebook photo/Strathcona Provincial Park)
Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Overnight camping will be allowed as of June 1 in provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island in Nanaimo. Provincial parks opened for hiking and other day uses May 14 after being closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)

Most of B.C.’s provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance

Overnight camping and the rest of the day-use facilities could return in June

Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of many set to reopen for day-use on Thursday, May 14. (Black Press Media files)
Provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island will be open for hiking and other day uses starting Thursday, May 14, when the province re-opens provincial parks that have been closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)

Provincial parks in and around Nanaimo will re-open in time for the long weekend

Saysutshun Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park and others re-opening Thursday, May 14

Provincial parks such as Saysutshun Newcastle Island will be open for hiking and other day uses starting Thursday, May 14, when the province re-opens provincial parks that have been closed since April 8. (News Bulletin file photo)
Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Civil Liberties group seeks amnesty for recreational tickets issued during pandemic

The association has received at least 100 public complaints over the past 10 days

Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)

U.S. officials look for B.C. man suspected of vandalizing Death Valley National Park

Rangers believe the man travelled with a dog named Lacy on his way to an off-road race

Graffiti on two sides of a boulder in Death Valley National Park is from 2019 and 2020, marked “Steve & Lacy”. The National Parks Service is seeking a man from Grand Forks, B.C., in connection with the graffiti. (US National Parks Service)
Regional District of Nanaimo directors debated a proposal about a parks development cost charges program at their committee of the whole meeting Feb. 11. (Black Press file)

RDN considering development charges to go toward parks in rural areas

Motion deferred in order to allow for further consultation

Regional District of Nanaimo directors debated a proposal about a parks development cost charges program at their committee of the whole meeting Feb. 11. (Black Press file)
An artist rendering of the new playground at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Landscape Playgrounds/City of Nanaimo photo).

Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park playground getting a complete redesign

Playground upgrades, including new equipment and surfacing, to be completed by spring

An artist rendering of the new playground at Maffeo Sutton Park. (Landscape Playgrounds/City of Nanaimo photo).