New garden opens at Maffeo Sutton Park to commemorate Rotary Club centennial

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Nanaimo and Lantzville Rotary Clubs are celebrating 100 years of contributing to the City of Nanaimo by opening a new garden in one of the city’s most visited parks. Construction began on the Rotary Centennial Garden at Maffeo Sutton Park last spring and it is now open. 

“The City of Nanaimo is grateful for the Nanaimo Rotarians who have, for over the last 100 years, contributed to so many projects that have enhanced our community. The Rotary Centennial Garden is a wonderful tribute to 100 years of service and the many other amenities they have given to the citizens of this city,” said Mayor Leonard Krog.

The Rotary clubs donated $200,000 to the city in order to build the garden in, according to the city.

Local Rotary members contacted the City of Nanaimo in 2016 to brainstorm ideas for a new project on the city’s waterfront that could be implemented for the 100th anniversary, according to the city.

The garden is inspired by the shoreline and the City said the design emulates the waves and ripples of the ocean and the logs and vegetation along the beach edges. The design also incorporates plants and materials to reflect the intertidal coastline of Nanaimo.

“The Rotary Centennial Garden is a reflection of our vision to create a beautiful, public space accessible to everyone. We greatly appreciate the City of Nanaimo granting us the use of the wonderful location in Maffeo Sutton Park. We also thank the City for all their cooperation during the planning and completion of the project. The local Rotary Clubs look forward to continue to serve the community for the next 100 years and beyond,” said Bob James, president of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo.

The location at the northeast corner of Maffeo Sutton Park was previously an open green space, but over the past few months it was transformed into a public garden inspired by the work and values of the Rotary Clubs.

Since 1920, Rotary clubs have assisted in the building and funding of a number of large scale projects, as well as the development of Bowen Park, Rotary Bowl and Track, Rotary Field House and Northfield Park (now the Tourism Centre).

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