My Nanaimo This Week - February 10 to 17, 2020

Feb 10, 2020

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This week love is in the air, families can enjoy their special day and Maffeo Sutton Park playground will get a makeover. Read on!

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Love is in the air
This week, thoughts of romance are top of mind. Have you made plans with that special someone yet? If not, consider a stroll through one of Nanaimo's parks or trails, a free leisurely skate or learn a new skill together.

On the evening of Friday, February 14, check out the Bastion where it will be lit up in red for Valentine's Day. If your organization or cause would like to have the Bastion lit up in a special colour to promote awareness, fill out the request form found on the City website. Watch the video below to learn more about lighting up the Bastion.

A special day for families 
Monday, February 17 is Family Day in BC. How are you and your family planning to spend the day? You could all go for a swim at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Family Day. Or, take the kids for a skate at Nanaimo Ice Centre where they will be hosting a variety of skate sessions from 12 to 3:45 p.m. Check out the drop-in schedules on the City website for more information.

City offices and recreation centres (other than Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Ice Centre) will be closed on Monday for the Family Day holiday. And, don't forget to skip ahead a day for garbage collection! Did you know? The Nanaimo Recycles app (available for free from the App Store and Google Play) will send reminders of when your next garbage or recycling day is. You can also sign up for reminders on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website

New inclusive playground
The playground in Maffeo Sutton Park will see some changes in May with play equipment replacing the existing structures. Working with the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Child Development Centre and other community organizations the new playground will increase inclusive play spaces.

Another exciting feature of the playground is the inclusion of First Nations art pieces created by local artist, Noel Brown. Through his art and the design of the space, a story will unfold that depicts life along the Millstone River with Coho salmon as some of the characters.

Work on the playground is expected to be completed by spring of 2020.

Upcoming community events:

For a look at more City-related events, visit

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This week’s Council and Committee Meetings 

It's another quiet week with a Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on Monday and the monthly Public Hearing taking place on Thursday.  

Visit the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting videos or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings. 

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Here's a recap of City news from February 3-7:

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