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BELOW: RCMP Const. Dave Scherr, left, and Const. Derek Balderston stop to watch a mother and daughter feed the ducks at the Bowen Park duck pond Thursday. Improvements in recent years and regular police patrols have helped draw families back to the park. RIGHT: Angela Neilson and her daughter Atley, 3, react to a flurry of wings and feathers when the ducks they are feeding are startled by a sudden movement Thursday afternoon. CHRIS BUSH/THE NEWS BULLETIN
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BY MELISSA FRYER THE NEWS BULLETIN
anaimo is again nominated as a great place in Canada. Bowen Park earned a nomination for Best Public Space in the annual Great Places In Canada competition, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Now the goal is to get the word out and get Nanaimo residents – and people who just love the city – to vote, said Susan Cudahy, CEO of Nanaimo Economic Development. “The most important part is to let Nanaimo know to go online and
Quickfacts ◆ DONATED TO THE CITY in 1855 and registered as a park in 1931, Bowen Park is up for one of the Best Public Space awards in the annual Great Places In Canada competition.
vote,” Cudahy said. Downtown Nanaimo’s Commercial Street won last year for Best Street in Canada, which helped the city market to tourists and businesses.
“It’s the cover story on our 2012 travel guide,” Cudahy said. Nanaimo’s parks, particularly Bowen, help connect the city to nature and gives residents and visitors access to outdoor activities. “All of the parks are just a stunning asset,” Cudahy said. The land at Bowen Park was given to the city in 1855 and registered as a park in 1931, according to the entry on the contest’s website. The Rotary Club of Nanaimo was instrumental in developing the park, building roadways and picnic shelters. ◆ See ‘PARK’ /4
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