A neglected corner of Nanaimo got a much-needed facelift thanks to the YPN in 2014. Cappy Yates Park, located at the corner of Fitzwilliam and Wallace Street, was completely overgrown, with iron gates that deterred most from stepping foot in the area.
After the Old City Quarter Association reached out for help, the YPN with the permission of the land owners, brought in over 50 volunteers with weed whackers, rakes and wheelbarrows to transform the overrun property.
Along with removing the iron gates that blocked entry to the outdoor space, the group also cleaned up a number of needles with the assistance of Harris Health.
The park clean-up has since inspired another group to continue improvements, making this a space that can now be enjoyed by everyone.