My Nanaimo This Week - July 13, 2020

Jul 13, 2020

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This week, the Water Safety Education Team is visiting parks and beaches teaching about water safety, a new colourful work of art and poetry can be viewed downtown and make note of a schedule change for public hearings. Read on for more!

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City Service Updates

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. Be sure to check the recycling page for helpful curbside tips and tricks!

Parks, Recreation & Culture

- Open-

Playgrounds, parks, trails, skateboard parks, bike park, 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.

There are several fitness classes and summer camps being offered outdoors. Visit to register.

- Closed -

Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, as well as City-owned cultural venues remain closed. A planning process is underway to reopen City of Nanaimo recreation facilities.

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

Water Safety Education Team
The City of Nanaimo's Water Safety Education Team will be out this summer visiting local parks and beaches to share their messages on water safety through demonstrations and creative activities. For more activities with Parks, Recreation and Culture this summer, visit the Summer Activities page on the City website.

Story Walk #3
Drop in to Richard's Marsh Park (9 Ranchview Dr) anytime from July 24 to August 5 for a StoryWalk® where you can read "Giraffes Can't Dance" by authors Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Play & Learn Feedback

If you have a preschool aged child, Parks, Recreation & Culture would like your feedback. They have a short survey in place to help plan for Fall/Winter programming.

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Harewood Skateboard Park Officially Open
The Harewood Youth Park officially opened July 6, 2020 with strong support from community partners. The design was completed with input from community skaters and youth representatives from the Harewood area, including the Harewood Neighbourhood Association.

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New Artwork "One Song Staircase" Completed
Commissioned by the City of Nanaimo, artist team Lys Glassford and Lauren Semple of Humanity in Art have collaborated with poet Tina Biello to create a new artwork for downtown Nanaimo, called ‘One Song Staircase.’ The staircase between Wharf Street and Diana Krall Plaza was identified as an ideal location for this small-scale artistic intervention.

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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 or visit the Council Meeting Summaries page to read a recap of decisions made in previous meetings.

Mark your calendars. Public Hearing dates for the remainder of 2020 have changed to:

  • July 23
  • September 17
  • October 22
  • November 19
  • December 17

The hearings still start at the same time of 7 pm. Check out the Meetings, Documents and Videos page on the City website to view agendas and minutes from previous hearings.

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