• Complete Streets: A 180 on design

    by User Not Found | Feb 04, 2021

    Before the turn of the millennium, street design was mostly driven by the needs of cars and their passengers. Sidewalks were often an afterthought and bike lanes were rarely considered.

    As a result, communities across Canada are left with road networks that don’t meet the needs of all users – and at a time where Green House Gas reduction and community health are more important than ever.

    Enter Complete Streets.

    Bowen Road green conflict zone for cyclist safety

    [This attention grabbing green strip is called a conflict zone and stands out where the road and bike lane intersect.]

    This newly embraced design policy considers all street users. From people walking, taking transit, cycling and driving, the Complete Streets principles help to create corridors that are safe for everyone.

    This is a 180 in thinking. Complete Streets isn't strongly influenced by past roadways. Instead, it takes inspiration from the future.

    Until recent years, using a bicycle for daily commuting was fairly rare. It makes sense too; Nanaimo has more hills than most people want to pedal over, especially on a cold, wet and dark winter’s day. Now that electric bicycles are more readily available, there’s a shift underway. With variable electric assist, hills are only as much of a challenge as the rider wants, and while these bikes can’t change the weather, LED headlight technology does help to light the way.

    A side by side look of Bowen Road before and after updates [A before and after look at the Bowen Road Complete Streets project.]

     

    The importance of walking has also stepped up in recent years. If sitting is the new smoking, then walking to work, school, or the grocery store becomes more than a means of transportation - it is a critical part of maintaining good physical and mental health.

    A side by side look of Bowen Road before and after updates

    [A before and after look at the Bowen Road Complete Streets project.]

    It all adds up to more pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, and a need for safety allowances and improvements. Dedicated sidewalks and bicycle lanes, raised crosswalks, boulevards and buffers, light placement and extra visibility at intersections all play a part in Complete Streets design.

    A Complete Streets concept drawing showing safety elements

    [A rendering showing how a Complete Streets design looks at multi-modal transportation] 

    “If you build it, they will come.” This famous quote from the movie Field of Dreams applies nicely to the Complete Streets concept. At a park, most people won’t grab a compass and trail blaze through dense forest, but once a trail is in place, the park becomes a destination. In a similar way, the more safely connected our infrastructure becomes for all commuters, the more likely different forms of commuting will be embraced.

    Imagine a community where all of our streets are safe enough for children to walk to school? Where streets are easy to navigate and travel for anyone with a disability, and that are inviting for seniors to walk and stay active. In 2019, Nanaimo was designated as an Age-Friendly Community by Age-Friendly BC. A part of this designation includes designing streets that are barrier free and accessible for all ages. 

    An electric car drives past the bike lane marking beside it.

    [The bike lane here is raised to create separation from motorized traffic.]

    With Complete Streets, all of this is achieved while still considering the needs of motorists. Our cars may eventually be all electric, but the automobile will likely be an integral part of our transportation network until something revolutionary replaces it.

    Of course, we can’t talk about this incredible level of road improvements without also considering budget. Luckily, the costs of this kind of roadway construction is largely the same as a traditional road. Unfortunately, it isn’t feasible to completely overhaul every neighbourhood to these standards immediately, but when it's time for utility upgrades and road replacement, it just makes sense to make improvements.

    A side by side look of Bowen Road before and after updates [A before and after look at the Bowen Road Complete Streets project.]

     

    Another part of Complete Streets design which is crucial to success is public consultation. Watch our websites at www.Nanaimo.ca and www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca for opportunities to have your say. Coming soon will be an opportunity to provide input on updates to Stewart Avenue, as we look at adding some Complete Streets elements in partnership with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

    Complete Streets project links: 

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  • Home heating rebates – save on heating and reduce your carbon footprint

    by User Not Found | Jan 26, 2021

    We are in the midst of a west coast winter, which means rain…lots of rain and a dash of snow. While, we may not get blasts of arctic air like those living to the north and east of us, it still gets cold enough that we need to heat our homes in the winter.

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    How are you heating your home?

    We use a variety of heat sources in our homes from electric baseboard heaters to woodstoves and everyone has their own preference for what works best. But, did you know that there are ways to have a comfortable home while reducing your environmental impact? On top of that, you may also save some money! Rebates are available for switching over to energy efficient and low emission appliances.

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    Save some money and do your part for the planet

    Switching to an energy efficient form of heating such as a heat pump not only reduces your carbon footprint, you can receive a rebate when you switch over from a fossil fuel (oil, natural gas or propane) heating system. The CleanBC Better Homes rebate program is available to BC residents looking to switch over to a heat pump from a fossil fuel system. City of Nanaimo residents can enjoy a $350 top-up from the City in addition to the rebate.  As a bonus, for a limited time, the program is offering double the rebate - up to $6,000! Find more information on the rebate, get your promo code and apply on the CleanBC Better Homes website. You can also take advantage of other rebates through this program; find more information on the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate page on the City website.

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    If you are looking to upgrade your old woodstove to one that is low emission, the City offers rebates through our Woodstove Changeout Program. This program is meant to improve air quality by helping those with old smoky wood stoves purchase a new cleaner burning stove.  Eligible homeowners can receive up to $400 in rebates for the purchase of a new low-emission woodstove. Some rules do apply. To be eligible, your existing woodstove must be:

    • A free-standing, non-EPA certified "stove", a homemade or barrel stove,
    • A so-called "airtight" non-EPA certified fireplace insert or tube-type heat exchanger with a face plate and door (like the Free Heat Machine or Welenco) that is currently installed in an open hearth fireplace,
    • A non-EPA certified "wood furnace" (ducted, forced air, home heating appliance) - may only be replaced by an EPA certified wood furnace or pellet furnace, or
    • A wood burning cook stove.

    Your new woodstove must be purchased from a participating retailer. Finally, you must properly dispose of you old woodstove. You can find more information, a handy brochure and the rebate form on the Woodstove Change-Out Program page.

    Woodstove image photo credit: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

  • The 20/20 of 2020

    by User Not Found | Jan 05, 2021

    2020 was so unusual that it’s hard to look back and see it as a glass half-full kind of year. From the toilet paper crisis in the spring to the newly normal shopping patterns we now follow, it’s been an emotional journey, full of frustration and patience-testing adjustment.

    glasses half full with toilet paper, sanitizer, 6 feet and 2020 

    2020 put a hold on the handshake and the fist bump. While we wait patiently for a revival of these things that physically connect us, we move forward with as much resilience as we can, as if to say “Look 2020, you knocked us around but we’re still in the game.”

    In fact, we’re so “in the game,” that maybe – just maybe – that glass really is half full. On the surface, 2020 was a doom and gloom year like no other, but for those of us who have so far dodged the virus... it’s made us stronger.

    Before you roll your eyes, scoff, or yell out “good grief, Charlie Brown!” consider this: 2020 forced us all to adapt to an emergency situation, and we met the challenge. It pushed us to step back and consider our personal impact on others, and we did. It taught us to stay home if we are even a little sick and contagious, and we do.

    Hindsight is 20/20, 2020 is now in hindsight 

    As we navigated through these changes, it certainly wasn’t business as usual at the City, though we did continue forward with the usual business. We adapted our workflows, offices, public spaces and more to allow for new safety protocols to keep both staff and the public safe, and we’ve followed the Province’s health guidelines every step of the way.

    By doing that, we saw some significant strides forward in 2020.

    More people than ever before are doing business with the City online. From registering for recreation programs and even drop-in sessions, to applying for dog licenses and paying property taxes, online options are a more proven choice now.

    In February, a step forward in reconciliation was made when the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s flag was raised once again at City Hall.

    The City made various park improvements, including a new destination playground at Maffeo-Sutton Park, a new skatepark at Harewood Centennial Park and a new mountain bike skills course at Beban Park.

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    The City has moved forward with active transportation improvements, including the Metral Drive Complete Streets upgrade and a major Complete Streets upgrade to the section of Bowen Road between Highway 19A and Labieux Road.

    And finally, after years of waiting, construction began and continues on a new hotel downtown at 100 Gordon Street next to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

    Construction zone at Gordon Street December 2020 

    We had great progress with our various task forces. Despite the challenge of COVID restrictions, the Economic Development Task Force, the Health and Housing Task Force, the Mayor’s Task Force on Recovery and Resilience and the Environment Committee all continued to meet, to provide insights and to develop various strategies.

    In July, the City of Nanaimo reached a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC Housing, which will see the development of 3 affordable rental buildings with about 125 homes for families and individuals. The MOU also includes the development of four purpose-built permanent supportive housing buildings with space for about 190 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

    Reimagine Nanaimo booth 

    Council also began a journey into the future with the REIMAGINE NANAIMO public engagement campaign, and Phase 1 is now complete. Input and feedback from this process will help to guide new strategies that take the City ten years into the future and beyond. This is the first time that the City has largely used an online engagement platform to gather input. To take a closer look, visit www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca

    As we build on these successes and continue to adapt to our new normal, 2021 looks to be a promising year. Hold strong Nanaimo and stay awesome out there. And with your half-full glass, a toast! To a happy and brilliant 2021, where we come out of this pandemic stronger and more resilient than ever.

  • A Nanaimo New Year's Day Walk

    by User Not Found | Dec 24, 2020

    Planning a New Year’s walk? Here are some ideas!

    2020 was quite the year. It started off with meme’s about how all the holidays were going to land on Fridays, which brought excitement about socializing with our friends and families, to being confined behind a mask and no social gatherings.

    The New Year for so many symbolizes a time to reflect, prioritize, set goals, spend time with loved ones and much more. Let’s put 2020 aside and ring in 2021 outside, in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Nanaimo!  It's okay if it is a walk on our own or with our immediate family. There is so much to be thankful for and sometimes, getting outside to unplug is all we need to remind ourselves how fortunate we really are.

    Here are a few Nanaimo treasures:

    1. Colliery Dam Park
    What is now a family favorite, was once the main source of water for miners - built in the early 1900’s by the Western Fuel Company. Furry friends are always welcome as the upper dam is a designated off-leash dog area. In the summer months you will find people swimming, picnicking and trout fishing – make sure to bring a rod! Winter brings a special treat for those who love waterfalls. Take a walk through the culvert that leads to the cascading "granny falls". Make sure to bring a pair of boots as winter can bring some muddy terrain. Children love exploring Colliery Dam Park with the abundance of stairs, tunnels, bridges and the many wonders that this park has to offer! 

    2. Neck Point Park
    Thirty six acres of waterfront, a well-known park to local photographers and a divers dream. These are many things to look for when walking through Neck Point - some find fairy houses. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a pod of Orca Whales! From pebble filled beaches, Arbutus and Garry Oak trees to rocky coves and wildlife, this walk is a true gem in Nanaimo. It can be quite chilly near the ocean so make sure to bring a coat and pack some warm mittens.

    3. Westwood Lake Park
    The 5.51km loop is a very popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you are walking leisurely, pushing a stroller, riding a bike or running on foot, people tend to do it all here. Make note if you're bringing little ones, there are a couple large hills and tree roots to be expected. In the summer months, this man-made lake is one of Nanaimo’s most popular swimming locations nestled near the bottom of Mount Benson. With sandy beaches, docks to dive off and bluffs to look over the lake, this makes for a truly special spot.

    Here is a list of more great walking trails to get you started: Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park, Buttertubs Marsh Park, Cable Bay Trail, Jack Point and Biggs Park and Pipers Lagoon Park - just to name a few. You can use the Parks and Trails Brochure or the Parks Search on the website to find park information, directions and inspiration to explore. 

    If you do bring your phone and get some photos, make sure to include #mynanaimo on Instagram as we would love to see your adventures! And, most importantly, please remember to follow COVID-19 protocols as set out by the province.

    Happy New Year Nanaimo!

    Written by City Employee, Adrianna W

  • Make your holidays bright with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture

    by User Not Found | Dec 21, 2020

    This year is going to be different without being able to gather with extended family and friends. The City of Nanaimo Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is here to help make this season a bit brighter.

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    Enjoy time outside. Get out and explore Nanaimo’s many parks. Head up to Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy the lights. This wonderful tradition of lighting up the park began in 1960 and has been carried on by off-duty Nanaimo firefighters. Or, burn off some energy on our sports fields with our Light up the Night Family Field Fun nights

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    Solve a puzzle. Join in on the City-wide scavenger hunt this winter with the Frosty Bucket challenge. This frosty take on the summer-time Golden Bucket, will have you exploring local parks and streets this holiday season for the Frosty Bucket stickers. This version of the usual bucket search is a little different with participants finding 12 words, unscrambing those words and then creating a phrase to win some great prizes. Daily clues will be posted on Facebook, Instagram (@nanaimoparksandrec) and on the City website. Find out how to play on the Frosty Bucket Contest page on the City website.

    Tell a story. Take your kids (or yourself) on a StoryWalk®. “Snowmen at Night” will be up in various City parks throughout the month of December. It will be at Bowen Park December 9 & 10, Oliver Woods Playground December 14-18 (taken down at 11am) and Walley Creek Trail by Harry Wipper Field December 18-28, 2020. The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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    Get on the ice. We will be hosting special holiday skates from December 21 to January 1. Sponsored by local businesses, these $2 skates are a thank you to the community. You will have to register to attend these sessions. Registration for each session opens 72 hours in advance.

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    Go for a swim. The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is open for swim sessions. You will need to book ahead up to 72 hours in advance of the time you want to go.

    Attend a Winter Break camp. We are still offering the Frosty Frolic day camp during the kids time off so you can get some last-minute holiday prep done and your kids can enjoy games, crafts and more. Staff are following a COVID safety plan to ensure everyone is healthy and safe. Register for the Frosty Frolic camp today.

    Whatever you choose to do and whatever holiday you celebrate, the City of Nanaimo wishes you a safe and merry season.

  • Have a green holiday season

    by User Not Found | Dec 16, 2020

    When we hear, “Have a green holiday season” on the island, the first thing that may come to mind is the lack of snow and abundance of greenery we typically see in December. It can also mean, “being green” in our actions and doing our best to reduce our environmental impact. There are many ways you can lessen your footprint this holiday season.

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    Are you stumped on what get for a loved one? Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Give the gift of experience. The memories made from experiences can be more meaningful than getting stuff. How about a City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Active Pass? Right now, we are offering 10-visit passes and one-month passes. While many programs are on pause due to COVID-19, you can still use the passes for the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas. Register for swimming and skating sessions up to 72 hours in advance.

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    Give the gift of nature. City of Nanaimo homeowners can gift a tree voucher. These $25 vouchers are redeemable for a shade tree worth up to $90. There are a few rules. The tree program is designed to get more trees in the ground within city limits, so the recipient of the voucher must be a property owner within Nanaimo's city limits and plant the tree on their property. The purchaser also needs to be a registered property owner in Nanaimo, and there is a limit of two vouchers per property. The purchase of the gift voucher will come off the purchaser's limit. Find a complete list of rules and purchase a tree voucher on the City website. There is a limited supply that runs out fast, so get yours today!

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    Gift the gift of giving. You can donate in honour of someone to their favourite cause, charity or local non-profit. 

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Reduce. Reducing your consumption reduces the amount you have to throw out and saves you money. It’s a win-win! You can use this in your decorating by using materials that are reusable or responsibly taken from nature.

    Also, choosing alternative forms of transportation such as walking, rolling, cycling or riding transit to get your shopping done or view the many beautiful Christmas light displays, can reduce your carbon footprint. Who knows? Maybe, you’ll find a life-long habit!

    Reuse: Skip the wrapping or use reusable wrapping. Do you have decorations from last year? Why not use them again this year?

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    Recycle. You can divert a large percentage of your household waste from the landfill. It is amazing what can be recycled! Use the What Goes Where tool on the Nanaimo Recycles app (available for download on the App Store and Google Play) or on the City website.

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    Even little changes can make a big impact on our environment. Our friends at Metro Vancouver have plenty of other tips to help you enjoy a green holiday season. Check out their Create Memories, Not Garbage site.  

  • Winter StoryWalk®

    by User Not Found | Dec 08, 2020

    Earlier this year when Covid-19 forced shut downs in March, Parks, Recreation & Culture wanted to offer the community something fun but safe, encouraging families to get outside into Nanaimo’s many City Parks while following the Provincial Health Orders.

    StoryWalks® were suggested as a way to achieve a fun and safe activity. These events had been offered in the past but were usually one-day affairs, where storyboards were taken down at the end of the event. Staff thought creatively on how to proceed with a Story Walk event avoiding large gatherings and maintaining physical distancing. They decided to leave the stories up for two weeks at a time before moving to a different location for others to enjoy.  In the summer of 2020, five different stories were featured!So what is a StoryWalk® exactly? StoryWalk® is a book that has been laminated and mounted onto boards, then affixed to post or fences giving people the opportunity to walk through the park, reading the storyboards along the way. The goal of these events is to encourage community outdoor recreation, physical activity and literacy. 

    With such success over the summer and thanks to the very temperate winter climate, staff have extended the program into the winter months too! “Snowmen at Night” will be up in various City Parks throughout the entire month of December for families to enjoy. It will be at Bowen Park December 9 & 10, Oliver Woods Playground December 14-18 (taken down at 11am) and Wally Creek Trail by Harry Wipper Field December 18-28, 2020. This holiday season, please stay safe and enjoy “Snowmen at Night” with the young readers in your life. Share your experiences on social media and tag @nanaimoparkandrec and @cityofnanaimo on Instagram. 

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    The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

  • The Sugarloaf Light Tree

    by User Not Found | Dec 01, 2020

    It’s that time of year where Christmas light displays dominate our neighbourhoods providing much-needed colour and twinkle to those long, dark winter nights. Some displays are more iconic in Nanaimo than others, such as the tree made of lights way up in Sugarloaf Mountain Park.

    When you see Sugarloaf Mountain Park lit up, it’s thanks to the off-duty Nanaimo professional firefighters of IAFF Local 905, who strung Christmas lights and placed the Maltese cross a top the pole earlier this week. Locals have gotten accustomed to seeing the lights every winter as this tradition has been taking place for over 50 years in Nanaimo. In order for this tradition to continue, it takes a willing group of volunteers and a nearby homeowner who graciously provides the power each year. If you've seen the tree but wondered how this all got started, here is a brief history of the Sugarloaf Mountain Park Tree:

    1960 - the Departure Bay Volunteer Fire Department started this tradition using a real tree and lights. Eventually, in the late 60’s a pole was put up.

    1985 - the pole needed to be upgraded, so the current pole was installed using a helicopter and new cables and real incandescent bulbs were used.

    2003 - full time, off-duty members of IAFF local 905 officially welcomed this tradition as their own.

    2016 - a new tree was constructed using LED lights, a new power cable and a Maltese Cross for the top of the tree was constructed.

    2020 - the tradition continues!

    If you haven't checked out this park before, you can find park information and directions here: Sugarloaf Mountain Park.

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 26, 2020

    by User Not Found | Oct 26, 2020

    This week, the emergency alert TEST takes place Tuesday, Parks, Recreation & Culture call for spring/summer program proposals and please stay safe this Halloween by staying seen & six feet apart. Read on for more!

    If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here now. Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    We are so happy to welcome you back to our facilities and appreciate your patience as we all adjust to the new procedures and guidelines. The City has a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward as we resume City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Corporate Services - Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) are open for in-person business, from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols. Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and please stay home if not feeling 100% well. Just a reminder that registration is open for fall programs. You can also register for drop-in programs (swimming, skating and pickle ball) as early as 72 hours in advance. Drop-in schedules are available for viewing.


    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    The information collected during REIMAGINE NANAIMO will guide the Official Community Plan, the Parks, Recreation & Culture plan, Active Sustainable Transportation Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Climate Action Plan and the Nanaimo Water Supply Strategic Plan. Each topic based questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Online Surveys and the Creative Community Contest are open until November 30, 2020. Please have your say today! 

    AROUND THE CITY

    Emergency Alert

    The City of Nanaimo will be sending out an emergency alert October 27 at 10:15 am through the Voyent Alert! system. Remember, this is only a test!  Voyent Alert! is the system the City will use to inform residents of local emergencies, such as earthquakes, in the City of Nanaimo. Residents are encouraged to register and download the app to their smartphone. In case of a real emergency, users will receive a call, text or email. If you haven't signed up for an alert yet, go to www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts today.

    Emergency Preparedness

    Public Safety Canada publishes a wide variety of products aimed at helping citizens know the risks and get prepared for emergencies. Their publications can be downloaded and printed. Watch the documentary above for a simulation of a hypothetical, but realistic disaster scenario and what people can do to prepare themselves. Be sure to make a Family Emergency Plan. In an emergency if phones don't work or families aren't together, what will you do?  Island residents should have a kit prepared with at least 7 days worth of supplies in the event of an emergency.  Find out how ready you are to survive by visiting GetSET for 7 days to learn more about personal preparedness. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Program Proposals 

    The City of Nanaimo's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is inviting community members to showcase their skills as an instructor for the 2021 Spring and Summer season. Program proposals for a variety of areas, including dance, cooking, language, arts and crafts, music, outdoor recreation and more are now being accepted. Recreation staff are specifically calling for program proposals that focus on outdoor programs. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 13, 2020

    Park Projects

    • Happy 100 years local Rotarians! The Centennial Garden is now open at the north east corner of Maffeo Sutton Park.
    • The Rotary Bowl Track will be undergoing track repairs along the 400 M track section October 27 to November 13.
    • Oliver Woods Community Centre living wall replacement project will be taking place October 28 to November 6.
    • Surface upgrades taking place at Maffeo Sutton Park waterfront walkway until the end of October. 
    • Contractor installing scaffolding for the next phase of the roofing project at NAC. Please be cautious near the sidewalk, there should be no interruption to facility access. 

     Stay Safe this Halloween

    Although we encourage family fun, we are asking you to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's steps to take before participating in Halloween activities this year. Ideas like setting up a help yourself station for kids and ensuring you wash your hands before handling treats will help keep everyone safe. If you do decide to trick or treat, please review the Covid-19 guidelines, remember to be seen! Wear something reflective, stay in a group and go over road safety rules before heading out. 

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions from October 18th-28th to install concrete bus slabs. This will cause congestion and delays. Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid the area, particularly at rush hour. Please drive slowly and respect temporary road markings. 
    • Metral Drive, between Turner Road and Godfrey Road, has been reduced to gravel and underground utility work has begun. Traffic on the gravel road will be limited to residents only. Commuters are encouraged to plan additional time to navigate the area or preferably, to avoid the area completely by detouring on the Island Highway. Beginning October 16th, the contractor will be working Monday-Saturday, 7am-7pm. 

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action

    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 19, 2020

    by User Not Found | Oct 19, 2020

    This week, sign up to receive My Nanaimo This week by email, submit your creative community contest creation before October 30 and take advantage of double the rebates program. Read on for more!

    Soon we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your inbox. If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here now. Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    We are so happy to welcome you back to our facilities and appreciate your patience as we all adjust to the new procedures and guidelines. The City has a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward as we resume City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Corporate Services - Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) are open for in-person business, from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Recreation facilities, pool and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols. Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and please stay home if not feeling 100% well. Just a reminder that registration is open for fall programs. You can also register for drop-in programs (swimming, skating and pickle ball) as early as 72 hours in advance. Drop-in schedules are available for viewing.

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    The information collected during REIMAGINE NANAIMO will guide the Official Community Plan, the Parks, Recreation & Culture plan, Active Sustainable Transportation Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Nanaimo Water Supply Strategic Plan and the Climate Action Plan. Each topic based questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Online Surveys and contest is open until November 30, 2020. Please have your say today! 

    You can also express your ideas for Nanaimo's future through photo, drawing, painting, collage, poetry, video & more! Submissions from people of all ages and abilities are welcome and you can choose any media you love. Head outside with your camera or sketchbook or sit with friends, family or students and discuss what Nanaimo's future could look like, then send us the result! Each eligible entry is entered to win a $500 gift card from your choice from a local electronics store, bike shop or grocery store. Submit HERE today! 

    AROUND THE CITY

    Emergency Alert

    The City of Nanaimo will be sending out an emergency alert test on October 27 at 10:15 am through the Voyent Alert! system. Remember, this is only a test!  Voyent Alert! is the system the City will use to inform residents of local emergencies, such as earthquakes, in the City of Nanaimo. Residents are encouraged to register and download the app to their smartphone. In case of a real emergency, users will receive a call, text or email. If you haven't signed up for an alert yet, go to www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts today.

    Request a Smoke Alarm Installation

    Nanaimo Fire Rescue now has an online request form for fire alarm inspection and installations at your home (they will wear PPE when visiting!) Submit a form at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/smokealarms or call 250-753-7311 for assistance. If you already have a smoke alarm in your home, please remember to change the batteries every six months.

    Double the Rebates

    For homeowners waiting for a great time to switch their oil or other fossil fuel heating systems to a cleaner and more earth-friendly system, the time may now be right. With a new 'Double the Rebates' program in place, the City of Nanaimo is working with the CleanBC Better Homes Program to encourage homeowners to switch their home's primary heating source from fossil fuel (oil, natural gas or propane) heating to an electric air-source heat pump. For qualifying heat pump upgrades, the rebates can be substantial (up to $6000).

    In addition to the CleanBC rebates, the City of Nanaimo is offering additional top-ups for qualifying upgrades. These include $350 for electric air-source heat pumps, $350 for heat pump water heaters and an additional $500 for electrical service upgrades (100, 200, and 400 amp service) that are needed to accommodate switching to an air-source heat pump or heat pump water heater. The City also has top-ups for homes that undergo a pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation.

    Small Business Week

    Did you know 67% of Nanaimo’s businesses are locally owned and operated? They are the foundation of our community and we celebrate them during small business week October 18-24, 2020. They provide well paying, local jobs, new vibrancy and uniqueness throughout our community. During COVID-19, they’ve had to persevere and innovate like never before. We celebrate and appreciate the contributions of these community builders during and encourage residents to shop local, supporting these amazing businesses! 

    If you are part of a BC based business, non profit, social enterprise or charity, there is a free consulting program in response to the challenges faced by businesses adjusting to the pandemic environment. To learn more visit www.investnanaimo.com/covid19.

    Waste Reduction Week

    We are celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Canada which takes place the third week of October every year. The goal is to raise awareness while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. Join us as we recognize environmental efforts and achievements during this week-long celebration. Each day on Facebook we'll be posting tips, ideas and links. Start with becoming familiar with the City's Waste Wizard to find a drop-off centre near you!

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions from October 18th- 28th to install concrete bus slabs. This will cause congestion and delays. Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid the area, particularly at rush hour. Please drive slowly and respect temporary road markings. 
    • Metral Drive, between Turner Road and Godfrey Road, has been reduced to gravel and underground utility work has begun. Traffic on the gravel road will be limited to residents only. Commuters are encouraged to plan additional time to navigate the area or preferably, to avoid the area completely by detouring on the Island Highway. Beginning October 16th, the contractor will be working Monday-Saturday, 7am-7pm. 

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action

    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:
  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 13, 2020

    by User Not Found | Oct 13, 2020

    This week (and month) we are sharing messages to assist with emergency preparedness. Register for the Great BC ShakeOut, sign up for Nanaimo's emergency alert program and a reminder that the information collected during REIMAGINE NANAIMO will guide six significant plans for the City. Read on for more!

    Soon we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your email inbox. If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here now. Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    The City has a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward as we resume City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) are once again open for in-person business, from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Recreation facilities, pool and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols. Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing and hand washing. Just a reminder that registration is open for fall programs. You can also register for drop-in programs (swimming, skating, pickle ball) as early as 72 hours in advance. Drop-in schedules are available for viewing:

    Construction is scheduled at Diver Lake ParK October 15-17 (weather permitting). Parking lot repairs are being done to reduce winter flooding and ensure more parking stalls are available during winter months. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    The information collected during REIMAGINE NANAIMO will guide the Official Community Plan, the Parks, Recreation & Culture plan, Active Sustainable Transportation Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Nanaimo Water Supply Strategic Plan and the Climate Action Plan. Each topic based questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Surveys are open until October 30, 2020. Have your say today! 

    How We Adapt & Stay Green - ideas for protecting our environment and preparing for climate change
    How We Connect & Play - ideas for the future of parks, recreation and culture
    How We Care - ideas for improving social equity, inclusivity and accessibility
    How We Work - ideas for enhancing economic development, business and jobs
    How We Move - ideas for a more active and sustainable transportation network

    How we Live - ideas for our neighbourhoods today and tomorrow

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    AROUND THE CITY

    Emergency Preparedness

    Where and when a disaster may hit isn't predictable, but there are steps we can take to be ready. These include preparing an emergency kit and stocking enough food and water to last you and your family for a week, developing an escape plan with a muster point outside of your home and workplace, signing up for the City's Voyent Alert! emergency alert system and knowing how to react in an emergency such as an earthquake (drop, cover and hold on).

    The Great BC ShakeOut

    There are a few emergency related events this month including the Great BC ShakeOut on October 15, 2020 at 10:15 am. Visit www.shakeoutbc.ca for details. During the pandemic, we encourage businesses and residents to ensure all COVID-19 health and safety protocols are followed as part of the Great BC ShakeOut drill.Emergency Alert

    The City of Nanaimo will be sending out an emergency alert test on October 27 at 10:15 am through the Voyent Alert! system. Remember, this is only a test!  Voyent Alert! is the system the City will use to inform residents of local emergencies in the City of Nanaimo. Residents are encouraged to register and download the app to their smartphone. In case of a real emergency, users will receive a call, text or email. If you haven't signed up for an alert yet, go to www.nanaimo.ca/goto/alerts today.

    Request a Smoke Alarm Installation

    Nanaimo Fire Rescue now has an online request form for fire alarm inspection and installations at your home (they will wear PPE when visiting!) Submit a form at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/smokealarms or call 250-753-7311 for assistance. If you already have a smoke alarm in your home, please remember to change the batteries every six months.

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road, has been paved, but please drive slowly and respect temporary road markings. Over the next couple weeks the crews will be completing concrete work, road markings, and landscaping. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am, however, commuters are still encouraged to avoid the area until construction is complete. 
    • Metral Drive, between Turner Road and Godfrey Road, has been reduced to gravel and underground utility work has begun. Commuters are encouraged to avoid the area completely and to detour on the Island Highway. Traffic on the gravel road will be limited to residents and transit only. Plan additional time to navigate the area.

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action

    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - October 5, 2020

    by User Not Found | Oct 08, 2020

    This week, Fire Prevention provides tips on cooking up fire safety in the kitchen, REIMAGINE NANAIMO is nearing the end of its idea gathering phase, so don’t miss out on having your say and Seabold stair replacement is underway. Read on for more!

    Soon we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your email inbox. If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here now. Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    The City has a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. Safety protocols are now in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. City Hall (455 Wallace Street) and the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) are once again open for in-person business, from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.  Recreation facilities, pool and arenas have reopened with new procedures in place. Drop-in schedules are available for viewing:

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    The plans we create together will guide the decisions that shape our community over the coming years. Each topic based questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Surveys are open until October 30, 2020. Have your say today!

    How We Adapt & Stay Green - ideas for protecting our environment and preparing for climate change
    How We Connect & Play - ideas for the future of parks, recreation and culture
    How We Care - ideas for improving social equity, inclusivity and accessibility
    How We Work - ideas for enhancing economic development, business and jobs
    How We Move - ideas for a more active and sustainable transportation network

    How we Live - ideas for our neighbourhoods today and tomorrow

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    AROUND THE CITY

    Fire Prevention Week

    This week, let's discuss fire and burn prevention. Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries in British Columbia. This year, Fire Prevention Week™ (October 4 to 10, 2020) aims to educate people about the simple but important things they can do to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire in their kitchens and homes.


    Request a Smoke Alarm Installation

    Nanaimo Fire Rescue now has an online form where you can request a member from the Nanaimo Fire Department come to your home (wearing PPE) and install one. Visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/smokealarms and submit the form or call 250-753-7311 for assistance. If you already have a smoke alarm in your home, please remember to change the batteries every six months.

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road, is being prepped for paving. Paving had to be postponed due to the rain and is rescheduled for October 5-9th. During this time, drivers can expect uneven pavement and loose gravel. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am; however, commuters are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. During construction hours, additional detours may be in place to accommodate the paving equipment and production. 
    • Metral Drive, between Turner Road and Godfrey Road, has been reduced to gravel and underground utility work has begun. Commuters are encouraged to avoid the area completely and to detour on the Island Highway. Traffic on the gravel road will be limited to residents only and transit. Plan additional time to navigate the area.

    Park Projects

    • Stair replacement at Seabold Rotary Park is scheduled to begin September 29 and will be completed in December.
    • Part of the walkway in Maffeo Sutton Park will be closed October 5-23 for surface upgrades. 
    • Utilities staff are currently out winterizing facilities and parks.

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

    The Union of BC Municipalities Annual General Meeting was held September 19-23. Mayor Leonard Krog provide us with an update on the AGM and what members of Council were able to accomplish.

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action

    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 28, 2020

    by User Not Found | Sep 28, 2020


    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO wants you to pick your passion, Nanaimo Fire reminds you to change your smoke alarm batteries and GoByBike BC starts today. Read on for more!

    Hey, have you heard? We are changing the format of My Nanaimo This Week. Later this fall, we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your email inbox. If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here now.

    Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    Corporate Services - Please check out our  Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Just a reminder, the first penalty date for late tax payments has been extended to October 1, 2020. If you are registered for MyCity, you can view your property tax notice online. The final day to pay property taxes without incurring a penalty is September 30, 2020. As of October 1, 2020, any outstanding 2020 property taxes will be assessed a 5% penalty. On November 12, a second late penalty of 5% will be assessed on any property taxes that continue to be outstanding. 

    Payments can be made through internet, phone or in-person banking at your financial institution or by using the drop box that is available 24/7 at the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street). In-person payments can be made by visiting the pop-up tax payment office at the Frank Crane Arena ticket booths at Beban Park (2300 Bowen Road). The pop-up tax office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 2, 2020. In-person payment is limited to debit and cheque only. Questions, please contact the Finance Department 250-755-4415 or property.info@nanaimo.ca.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.  Recreation facilities, pool and arena's have reopened with new procedures in place. Drop-in schedules are available for viewing:

    • Community Recreation Programming - Fall 2020
    • Pool Activities - Fall 2020
    • Arena Activities - Fall 2020

    The City has a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the  COVID-19 pandemic.

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    Pick your passion and fill out one (or all) of the questionnaires! Each will only take 10 minutes to complete and the information gathered will guide the Official Community Plan, the Parks, Recreation & Culture plan, Active Sustainable Transportation Plan, Economic Develop Strategy, Nanaimo Water Supply Strategic Plan and the Climate Action Plan. Have your say today!

    How We Adapt & Stay Green - ideas for protecting our environment and preparing for climate change
    How We Connect & Play - ideas for the future of parks, recreation and culture
    How We Care - ideas for improving social equity, inclusivity and accessibility
    How We Work - ideas for enhancing economic development, business and jobs
    How We Move - ideas for a more active and sustainable transportation network

    How we Live - ideas for our neighbourhoods today and tomorrow

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo . Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project  to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    AROUND THE CITY

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road, is being prepped for paving. Paving had to be postponed due to the rain and is rescheduled for mid-October. During this time, drivers can expect uneven pavement and loose gravel. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am; however, commuters are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. 
    • Metral Drive, between Turner Road and Godfrey Road, has been reduced to gravel and underground utility work has begun. Commuters are encouraged to detour and avoid the area completely. Traffic on the gravel road will be limited to local residents only and transit. Plan additional time to navigate the area. 

    Park Project Closures

    • Brannen Lake boat launch is closed while upgrades and maintenance take place. It is scheduled to re-open Friday.
    • Paving in Maffeo Sutton Park is taking place this week, please follow the signage posted in the park. 
    • Stair replacement at Seabold Rotary Park is scheduled to begin September 29 and will be completed in December.

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    Did you know? You have less than three minutes to escape a house fire. This year, going door to door to check smoke alarms is not an option. However, your safety is important to us so if you do not have a working smoke alarm you can request a member from the Nanaimo Fire Department come to your home (wearing PPE) and install one. Visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/smokealarms and submit the form or call 250-753-7311 for assistance. If you already have a smoke alarm in your home, please remember to change the batteries every six months.

    Pedal to Places for GoByBike 

    What is the Pedal to Places Challenge? It’s a self-guided, touch-free scavenger hunt that gets people out on their bikes and exploring awesome places in our city during GoByBike Sept 28 -Oct 4, 2020. Visit https://gobybikebc.ca/nanaimo to register, clock your km's and enter to a local Pedal to Places prize and the GoByBike BC grand prize Exodus Travels Trip for 2 Cycling the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. 

    Be a Part of Orange Shirt Day

    All day Wednesday, September 30th wear orange to show your commitment to learning about residential schools. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. To learn more about the history of orange shirt day visit https://www.orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

    Board of Variance

    The City of Nanaimo is currently recruiting one member for the Board of Variance. The Board consists of five members appointed by City Council and is a three (3) year term. The BOV can grant variances to: relax zoning regulations, servicing requirements, and tree protection requirements; extend non-conforming uses; and, reconstruct a non-conforming building. If interested, residents need to apply before 4:30 pm, October 2, 2020. For more information about the Board of Variance including mandate, eligibility requirements, time commitments and how to apply please visit the City’s website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/committees.

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 21, 2020

    by User Not Found | Sep 21, 2020

     

    This week, Reimagine Nanaimo reminds residents to participate in the topic questionnaires, paving projects at Altrusa Playground & Parkway Trail are underway and Parks, Recreation & Culture is looking for feedback from summer camp participants. Read on for more!

    Psst! We are changing the format of My Nanaimo This Week. Later this fall, we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your email inbox! If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here. Not interested in getting an email from us? No problem! My Nanaimo This Week will still be posted online just in a new location at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/my-nanaimo-this-week and to our social media channels (@cityofnanaimo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). 

    Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    CITY SERVICE UPDATE

    Corporate ServicesWe look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre soon. In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Just a reminder, the penalty date for late tax payments has been extended to October 1, 2020. If you are registered for MyCity, you can view your property tax notice online. Property taxes are due regardless of whether you received a property tax notice. Taxes unpaid by the due date (the first working day in July) are subject to a 5% penalty, and an additional 5% is levied on the second Thursday in August. Any remaining balance outstanding as of January 1 will accrue interest daily. If you did not receive your Property Tax Notice, please contact the Finance Department 250-755-4415 or property.info@nanaimo.ca.

    Public WorksCity staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow

    Community Recreation Programming - Fall 2020

    Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals.  Bowen Park Complex is now open for recreation programs and community rentals. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm)

    Oliver Woods Community Centre is open for fall recreation programs and community rentals. Pre-registered drop-in programs will begin on Sunday, September 27. Front desk hours: Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm. 

    Pool Activities - Fall 2020

    The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is now open! Cleanliness and patron safety is top priority. Pre-registration is required to reserve your time slot. To ensure adequate time for cleaning between sessions pool users will need to remain in their reserved space until the end of their session. If swimmers need to leave early, they can leave directly from the deck via the deep-end doors, without accessing the change rooms. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am-7 pm (closed 2:30-3:30 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am-8 pm (closed 12-12:30 pm). Beban Pool remains closed.


    Arena Activities - Fall 2020

    Nanaimo Ice Centre is open for pre-registered drop in. The front desk office is closed until further notice. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and fall programs. 

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    These topic questionnaires give a more in-depth thought and insight into key topics for Nanaimo's future. Residents are encourage you to complete any or all of these. Each questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

    How We Adapt & Stay Green - ideas for protecting our environment and preparing for climate change
    How We Connect & Play - ideas for the future of parks, recreation and culture
    How We Care - ideas for improving social equity, inclusivity, and accessibility
    How We Work - ideas for enhancing economic development, business, and jobs
    How We Move - ideas for a more active and sustainable transportation network

    How we Live - ideas for our neighbourhoods today and tomorrow

    Enter the Creative Community contest by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    AROUND THE CITY

    Project Closures

    • Re-paving is scheduled this week at Altrusa Playground at Beban Park. During construction the playground will close, so please stay tuned for more specific dates and times to be announced on Facebook.
    • The Parkway Trail near Serauxmen Stadium is also being re-paved. Please watch for flaggers to help navigate the area and if possible select an alternate route this week.
    • Brannen Lake boat launch is closed until the end of this month while upgrades and maintenance is taking place.

    Summer Camp Survey

    Did your child attend a Parks, Recreation and Culture summer camp this year? If so, they want to hear from you! Surveys are being collected so proper planning, any improvements and changes can be implemented for next summer. 

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • From Sept 20-Oct 1 Bowen Road, between the Old Island Highway and Labieux Road, will be prepped for paving. During this time, drivers can expect uneven pavement and gravel. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am however commuters are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. 
    • The Complete Street project on Metral Drive is underway. This week the contractor will be removing the asphalt surface between Turner Road and Godfrey Road. Drivers can expect single lane alternating traffic, gravel road conditions and delays.   Commuters are encouraged to avoid the area and local traffic is advised to plan additional time to get around the area.  
    • The RDN is doing some road work on Hammond Bay Road between McGuffie Road and Shores Drive. Drivers can expect delays and traffic pattern changes. 

    COUNCIL & COMMITTEES

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    Board of Variance

    The City of Nanaimo is currently recruiting one member for the Board of Variance. The Board consists of five members appointed by City Council and is a three (3) year term. The BOV can grant variances to: relax zoning regulations, servicing requirements, and tree protection requirements; extend non-conforming uses; and, reconstruct a non-conforming building. If interested, residents need to apply before 4:30 pm, October 2, 2020. For more information about the Board of Variance including mandate, eligibility requirements, time commitments and how to apply please visit the City’s website at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/committees.

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    CITY NEWS

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 14, 2020

    by User Not Found | Sep 14, 2020

    Millstone river and waterfall flowing through a forested Bowen Park

    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores how we live, applications are open for Culture and Heritage grants and work on the Metral Drive Complete Street project has begun. Read on for more!

    Psst! We are changing the format of My Nanaimo This Week. Later this fall, we will be shifting over from posting this weekly newsletter on our blog to sending it straight to your email inbox! If you would like to begin receiving this newsletter by email, subscribe here. Not interested in getting an email from us? No problem! My Nanaimo This Week will still be posted online just in a new location at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/my-nanaimo-this-week and to our social media channels (@cityofnanaimo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). 

    Did you know? We have other newsletters you can sign up for! You can find a list of newsletters and subscribe to them on the City website.

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - We look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre, and other facilities, soon (scroll down to learn more about our recreation centre and arena re-openings!). In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open

    • Outdoors:
      • Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow.
    • Community Recreation:
      • Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and fall programs. 
      • Bowen Park Complex opens for recreation programs and community rentals on Thursday, September 10 and pre-registered drop-in programs (pottery, woodworking) starting on Monday, September 14. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm)
      • Oliver Woods Community Centre is open for fall recreation programs and community rentals. Pre-registered drop-in programs will begin on Sunday, September 27. Front desk hours: Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm. 
      • Community Recreation Programming - Fall 2020
    • Pools:
      • The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is now open! Cleanliness and patron safety is top priority. Pre-registration is required to reserve your time slot. To ensure adequate time for cleaning between sessions pool users will need to remain in their reserved space until the end of their session. If swimmers need to leave early, they can leave directly from the deck via the deep-end doors, without accessing the change rooms. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am-7 pm (closed 2:30-3:30 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am-8 pm (closed 12-12:30 pm)
      • Pool Activities - Fall 2020
    • Arenas:
      • Nanaimo Ice Centre opens for pre-registered drop in on Sunday, September 20. Front desk office is closed until further notice.
      • Arena Activities - Fall 2020

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Closed - Beban Pool remains closed. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores the topic of how we can build more active, safer and livable neighbourhoods. 

    Call to action: Enter the Creative Community Contest! Show us your future dream neighbourhood in Nanaimo!

    Enter the Creative Community contest by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    Around the City

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    Applications Open for Culture and Heritage Grants
    We are now accepting applications for funding assistance to support the 2021 activities of non-profit community organizations. Funds are available in three streams:

    Guidelines, criteria and application forms are available online at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/grants or by contacting Culture & Events directly at 250-755-4483 or cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca.

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • The Complete Street project on Metral Drive is underway. Drivers can expect single lane alternating traffic at times and traffic pattern changes while work continues. Work will be done between 7 am and 5 pm.
    • The RDN is doing some road work on Hammond Bay Road between McGuffie Road and Shores Drive. Drivers can expect delays and traffic pattern changes. 

    Council and Committees 

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council meets on Monday night, the Finance and Audit Committee and Health Housing Task Force have meetings on Wednesday and a Public Hearing and Board of Variance meeting on Thursday cap off this week's meetings. 

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    City News

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    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - September 8, 2020

    by User Not Found | Sep 08, 2020

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    This week, recreation facilities reopen, another school year begins and REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores how we move. Read on for more!

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - We look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre, and other facilities, soon (scroll down to learn more about our recreation centre and arena re-openings!). In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and summer programs. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Almost Open - Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back this week!

    • Oliver Woods Community Centre opens for fall recreation programs and community rentals on Wednesday, September 9. Pre-registered drop-in programs will begin on Sunday, September 27. Front desk hours: Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm.
    • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre opens on Thursday, September 10 for pre-registered drop in programs. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am-7 pm (closed 2:30-3:30 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am-8 pm (closed 12-12:30 pm)
    • Nanaimo Ice Centre opens for pre-registered drop in on Sunday, September 20. Front desk office is closed until further notice.
    • Bowen Park Complex opens for recreation programs and community rentals on Thursday, September 10 and pre-registered drop-in programs (pottery, woodworking) starting on Monday, September 14. Front desk hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12-1 pm)

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Closed - Beban Pool remains closed. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores the topic of active and sustainable transportation. 

    Reimagine Nanaimo graphic

    Enter the Creative Community contest by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    Around the City

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    Be a Textbook Driver this School Year!
    This week, kids start heading back to school. As another school year begins, remember to slow down, respect the speed limits and be prepared to stop for buses and children. Parents are also encouraged to speak to their children about road safety. Beginning Thursday, September 10, all school zone speed limits will be in effect. This means every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    Drivers should be aware that the school year means more children out and about in the community. Staying alert and slowing down, especially around schools, is the best way to make sure children get where they’re going safely. 

    When driving children to school, parents are encouraged to park and walk the last few blocks. This gives kids a chance to get some fresh air and physical activity before the school day begins. And, more families walking means fewer cars and safer roads in school zones. 

    For more information and tips to keep roads safe for everyone, please visit ICBC's website at www.icbc.com/road-safety.

    Will Your Commute be Affected?

    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am to accommodate daytime commutes. 

    Council and Committees 

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    The Design Advisory Panel and the Mayor's Task Force on Recovery and Resiliency will meet on Thursday and Friday, respectfully.

    • Thursday, September 10: Design Advisory Panel meeting at 5 pm
    • Friday, September 11: Special Mayor's Task Force on Recovery and Resiliency at 9 am

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    City News

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    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - August 31, 2020

    by User Not Found | Aug 31, 2020

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    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores our economy, Canada Post sends a furry reminder and Council is back in session. Read on for more!

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - We look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre, and other facilities, soon (scroll down to learn more about our recreation centre and arena re-openings!). In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and summer programs. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Almost Open - Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back!

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Closed - Beban Pool remains closed. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores the topic of economic development, business and employment. 

    Enter the contest by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    Around the City

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    Registration for Fall & Winter Recreation is now open!
    You can now register for fall recreation programs! Program listings will be different this year. The Fall and Winter Activity Guide will not be produced so you can look for program offerings in the following ways:

    You can register online through recreation.nanaimo.ca, by telephone at 250-756-5200 or in-person at the Frank Crane Arena ticket office in Beban Park. That office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Due to limited in-person registration options, we encourage you to register online or by phone.

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    Will Your Commute Be Affected?
    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 pm to 7 am to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • Beginning September 1, 2020, the intersection of Commercial Street and Bastion Street will temporarily change to a four-way stop. The intersection is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2021 and, if this pilot project is successful, the four-way stop may become permanent.

    Important Reminder from Canada Post
    As much as we love canine pets (many of us celebrated National Dog Day last week) they are protective of their home and their family, and it’s impossible for Canada Post delivery agents to know how any dog will react when they approach your home to deliver the mail.

    Help keep Canada Post carriers safe by not opening the door during deliveries and please do not allow your dog to approach employees while they are out in the community. It is difficult to adhere to physical distancing when owners need to retrieve their dogs and it increases the risk of dog bites.

    Council and Committees

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council and committees are back from a summer break with a Regular Council meeting on Monday and a Health and Housing Task Force meeting on Wednesday. 

    Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    City News

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - August 24, 2020

    by User Not Found | Aug 24, 2020

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    This week, registration begins for fall recreation programs, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores how we care and find out if your commute will be affected. Read on for more!

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - We look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre, and other facilities, soon (scroll down to learn more about our recreation centre and arena re-openings!). In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and summer programs. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Almost Open - Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back!

     

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Closed - Beban Pool remains closed. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores the topic of How We Care - Our Social Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusiveness. This week's Create Community Contest challenge focuses on the question: What do you consider the HEART of Nanaimo? Is it a place? Is it an experience?

    Enter the contest by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    Around the City

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    Register for Fall Recreation This Week!
    Beginning this Wednesday (August 26), you can register for fall recreation programs! Here's how it will work.

    Program listings will be different this year. The Fall and Winter Activity Guide will not be produced so you can look for program offerings in the following ways:

    You can register online through recreation.nanaimo.ca (accounts should be set up in advance of registration date), by telephone at 250-756-5200 or in-person at the Frank Crane Arena ticket office in Beban Park. That office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Due to limited in-person registration options, we encourage you to register online or by phone. 

    Will Your Commute Be Affected?
    Check out the City's Current Construction Projects page for up-to-date information on City construction projects. Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 am to 7 pm to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • Shores Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from August 10 to 31. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained at all times.

    Council and Committees

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council is taking a break from meetings and will be back next week. Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    City News

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    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - August 17, 2020

    by User Not Found | Aug 17, 2020

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    This week, get ready for fall registration and REIMAGINE NANAIMO talks parks, recreation and culture. Read on for more!

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - We look forward to opening the doors to our Service and Resource Centre, and other facilities, soon (scroll down to learn more about our recreation centre and arena re-openings!). In the meantime, please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle.

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and summer programs. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Almost Open - Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back!

     

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Closed - Beban Pool remains closed. Frank Crane Arena remains closed, however one sheet of ice will open if demand dictates. 

    REIMAGINE NANAIMO

    This week, REIMAGINE NANAIMO explores the topic of the future of Parks Recreation and Culture in Nanaimo.

    Did you know? You can participate in this important project by registering at Get Involved Nanaimo. Make sure to subscribe to the REIMAGINE NANAIMO project to stay in the know on new topics, contests and other activities through email updates.

    Creative Contest
    It’s time to get creative while we REIMAGINE NANAIMO! The Creative Community Contest invites everyone to express your vision for Nanaimo’s future in your choice of visual media.

    This week’s challenge is all about the future of parks, recreation and culture in Nanaimo. Share your ideas for improving Naniamo's parks, recreation and cultural opportunities!

    Enter by posting your response on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page or emailing it to reimagine@nanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a $500 gift card to your choice of ONE of: a local electronics store OR a local bike shop OR a local grocery store. Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page for details.

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    Pop Up Tents
    Hey Nanaimo! REIMAGINE NANAIMO will be popping up into a park near you! Over the next 5 weeks, we’ll be in parks throughout the City to share what’s happening and get your ideas. We are going to have lots of sidewalk chalk!

    Watch for us in Maffeo Sutton Park, McGregor Park, Departure Bay, Westwood Lake, Loudon Park, Colliery Dam, Diana Krall Plaza, Hardwood Centennial, Piper's Lagoon, Neck Point, the E&N Trail, and Island Roots Market.

    Bring your ideas or add them online at any time on the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page

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    Calling for Community Representatives!
    Do you care deeply about the future of Nanaimo? Consider becoming a REIMAGINE NANAIMO Community Representative!

    Hearing from all those in our community is so important, yet it can be challenging. To help spread the word, we’re seeking organizations and individuals interested in volunteering as Community Representatives.

    Over the coming months, we’ll work with Community Representatives to involve you and your network in the engagement, including options like City-led focus meetings, participation at one of your meetings, or provision of materials to support self-guided discussions. How and how much you can participate will be up to you.

    Visit the Get Involved - REIMAGINE NANAIMO page. Contact us at reimagine@nanaimo.ca or by telephone at 250.755.4464 to learn more. Let us know if you’re interested in being a Community Representative! We’re excited to hear from you!

    Hub City Walls
    Downtown Nanaimo is a bit brighter and more colourful with three new murals popping up from the Hub City Walls project. This is the first year for the project, which was designed by a local non-profit, Humanity in Community, to promote Nanaimo as a cultural hub, support local artists, foster community pride and rehabilitate urban spaces. The City of Nanaimo awarded funding for the Hub City Walls project through its Downtown Event Revitalization Fund and has partnered to offer up three City-owned concrete walls for painting by local muralists. Look for them at:

    • 151 Front Street - Mural by artist Kara Dee Harrison 
    • 95 Cavan Street - Mural by artist Russell Morland
    • 119 Skinner Street - Mural by artist Austin Weflen

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    Get Ready for Fall Recreation!
    City Parks, Recreation and Culture crews are getting ready to launch fall program registration! Beginning August 26, you can register online through recreation.nanaimo.ca (accounts should be set up in advance of registration date), by telephone at 250-756-5200 or in-person at the Frank Crane Arena ticket office in Beban Park. That office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Due to limited in-person registration options, we encourage you to register online or by phone. 

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    In Our Parks
    There is still summer fun to be had in Nanaimo's parks! Check it out.

    • Our popular Playground Program has been extended until August 29. Kids 5-12 can join our team leaders for fun activities.
    • The Water Safety Education Team will be at Colliery Dam, Neck Point, Piper's Lagoon and Deverill Square this week, be sure to check the schedule
    • StoryWalk "Little Boo" is at Harewood Centennial Park until August 19.

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    Will Your Commute Be Affected?
    Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 am to 7 pm to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • Also on Bowen, traffic will be reduced to single lane near Buttertubs Drive from August 4 to August 18 as crews work on the bus bays. Temporary Bus Stops will be in place at the far end of each location.
    • Over on Bruce Avenue, expect delays between Deering Street and Weber Street this week as crews complete work there. 
    • Shores Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from August 10 to 31. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained at all times.

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    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council is taking a break from meetings for a few weeks. Their meetings and committee meetings will resume the week of August 31. Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

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    City News

    Here is a recap of last week's City news:

  • My Nanaimo This Week - August 10, 2020

    by User Not Found | Aug 10, 2020

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    This week, in the absence of a fall/winter Activity Guide Parks, Recreation & Culture create new program web pages, REIMAGINE NANAIMO video is released and a creative contest kicks off. Read on to find out more!

    City Service Updates

    We have created a COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide a path forward for resumption of City operations in a safe and economically viable way. The plan outlines four steps that the City will take toward a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and resumption of City services and programs that have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate Services - Although our doors remain closed, the City is definitely open for business! Check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you. 

    Public Works - City staff continue regular garbage, recycling and organics collection. More information on recyclables can be found at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/recycle. If you participated in Reuse Rendezvous (August 8 & 9, 2020) please make sure to take any items left over back inside and/or donate. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Open - Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike parks, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse boxes, sports fields and dog parks are open with a number of guidelines to follow. Beban Social Centre is available for facility rentals. One sheet of ice at Cliff McNabb Arena is open for rentals and summer programs. 

    Parks, Recreation & Culture Almost Open - Our recreation centres are getting ready to welcome you back!

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    Activity Guide Update

    As COVID-19 guidelines continue to change and while we adjust to a "new normal" Parks, Recreation & Culture will not be producing a Fall & Winter Activity Guide. Instead,  three Facebook event pages and three web pages Arenas/Pools/Community Recreation where information about opening, how to register, guidelines to follow and what new classes are being offered will be posted. Registration will start Aug 26, 2020.

    Find more information about the City's response on the COVID-19 information page.  

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    In Our Parks

    • Our popular Playground Program has been extended until August 29. Kids 5-12 can join our team leaders for fun activities.
    • The Water Safety Education Team will be at Departure Bay, Westwood Lake, and Mansfield this week, be sure to check the schedule
    • StoryWalk "Little Boo" is at Harewood Centennial Park until August 19.

    Golden Bucket Prize Winner

    Congratulations to Lesley Beaulieu, the grand prize winner for this year’s Golden Bucket challenge, winning a Kayak tour for 5 with Coastal Expression Adventure Center. Lesley has been playing this challenge with her sister, Alison Graves and mom, Barbara Graves (who is in her 90’s and still loves the hunt) since the beginning in 2014.  “It did require 3 of us to track down and retrieve the question from the sticker. We asked my daughter to show us the Instagram clue, as neither my sister or I are on Instagram.  Then one of us would search for the sticker in the park, and one of us would be back home, waiting for a text, so we could use the WiFi at home to read the  QR code.  It took some figuring out, but we managed to trump the technology and still play the game. Thanks for getting us out into different parks around Nanaimo." Lesley

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    Will Your Commute Be Affected?
    Our traffic report is back! Here are a few projects that may affect your commute:

    • Expect delays and traffic pattern changes on Bowen Road around the Kenworth Road and Labieux Road intersection while crews work on utility and corridor upgrades. Most work will be done at night from 7 am to 7 pm to accommodate daytime commutes. 
    • Also on Bowen, traffic will be reduced to single lane near Buttertubs Drive from August 4 to August 18 as crews work on the bus bays. Temporary Bus Stops will be in place at the far end of each location.
    • Over on Bruce Avenue, expect delays between Deering Street and Weber Street this week as crews complete work there. 
    • Shores Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from August 10 to 31. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained at all times.
    • Saywell Contracting will be working on Terminal Avenue and Rosehill Street on August 7 to 11.
    • IWC Excavation Ltd working for the Regional District of Nanaimo, will be closing Shores Drive to vehicles from August 10, 2020 to August 31, 2020 to complete trail and roadworks. Pedestrians and cyclist access to Neck Point Park through Shores Drive will be maintained.Council and Committees header image of Council chambers

    Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
    Council is taking a break from meetings for a few weeks. Their meetings and committee meetings will resume the week of August 31. Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos. 

    Council in Action
    Missed what decisions Council made during a Special Council Meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews. 

    Reimagine Nanaimo
    In this set of short videos, Mayor and Council introduce the topics being explored and why it’s important for you to be involved in planning for Nanaimo’s future. Watch them now!

    It’s time to get creative! Each week, we’ll post a new challenge and ask you to submit a creative response in the visual media of your choice – drawings, sketches, photos, paintings, digital illustrations, collages, videos, and more are all welcome.

    Enter by posting your visual response on Instagram with #getcreativenanaimo or by visiting www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca. At the end of the contest all entries will be entered into a prize draw for your choice of one of the following: a Nintendo Switch OR $500 gift card to a local bike shop OR $500 gift card to a local grocery store. Visit www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca for contest rules and details.

    Week 3 - Creative Community Contest

    Here is a recap of City news:

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