Input sought on science centre plans

Nanaimo residents are being asked to share their thoughts on a proposed science centre in Bowen Park.

Nanaimo residents are being asked to share their thoughts on a proposed science centre in Bowen Park.

The centre is being proposed by the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society.

Public feedback will help the city’s parks, recreation and culture department assess community support of the concept.

A survey, which includes an overview description of the project and a site map, is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/3SSNJ6C.

An open house will also be held at the proposed site in early September.

“The issue at hand now is really about public land use,” said Coun. Diana Johnstone, chairwoman of Parks Recreation and Culture Commission, in a press release. “We want to hear if residents of Nanaimo support the idea of public park land being used for a science centre. The group is not asking for a financial commitment from the public for the building of the centre.”

Over the past year, the proponents held a community visioning session, design charette and program development workshop regarding their plans.

The group has support from school districts in the area, Vancouver Island University, DFO, local scientists and teachers, community leaders and a variety of other groups and organizations.

For information, please contact Richard Harding, director of parks, recreation and culture at 250-756-5200.

For information about the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, please go to www.nanaimoscience.org

Nanaimo News Bulletin

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