May 15, 2023

This Week...

Cool down at a local water park, register for Spring GoByBike and tell us how you stay connected with all things city. Read on for more!

May Out and About

Chelsea encourages the community to take part in the many May events including Art Agora, invasive plant work parties and the Public Works open house. 

kids playing in spray at Deverill square water park

Water Parks Open

The City of Nanaimo, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture have turned on the taps at three water parks - Departure Bay Kiwanis Park, Mansfield Park and Harewood Centennial Park. The water is on daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

The fourth water park, Deverill Square Park, will be open in time for the long weekend.


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Public Works Open House!

View the inner workings of the Public Works Department from wastewater to road construction. The open house is being held on May 24 between 3 pm and 6 pm. Register online for a free tour using course code 97873, under "special events".


gobybike spring event poster encouraging people to register and bike may 29 to june 4

Spring GoByBike Event

Shift your mindset and mode of transportation from motorized to push power for a week-long celebration of cycling from May 29 to June 4. Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, but you’ll also be promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Register today for the GoByBike Spring event and enter your km's for a chance to win an E-Bike and local prizes.

So, dust off those helmets, pump up your tires and join us for a beautiful week of biking in the Harbour City.



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Get Involved

The City of Nanaimo has launched a survey to gain insight into how residents receive information on City news, events, programs and initiatives. The survey is now available on the City's Get Involved site until June 5, for anyone interested in providing input on this topic.

Survey responses will inform the City on where residents go to get City information and improvements to consider. 



a bear getting into garbage

Bear Aware

Garbage is the attractant in 50 per cent of problem bear calls in BC. Food-conditioned bears are a safety threat to both bears and humans. We need to eliminate the attraction of garbage and organic waste.

Protect bears and other wildlife:

  • Do not set carts out the night before.
  • Place carts at the curb between 5 am and 8 am on the morning of your scheduled collection day.
  • Remove carts from the curb after collection, no later than 9 pm.
  • Store carts in a secure location such as a garage or shed, especially if you live in/close to wildlife habitat.


tree with English ivy crawling up it

Free a Tree

Sign up for an invasive plants work party and free a tree! All equipment and training are provided. Please pre-register. 

  • Tues, May 16 at Third Street Park, 10 am to 2 pm, course code #92271
  • Sat, May 27 at Bowen Park, course code #90388 and Drop Zone in the lower parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. 
  • Thurs, June 10 at Departure Bay as part of Oceans Day from 10 am to 12 pm. 


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Country Club Drive (from Wassell Way to Colwood Road) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrades. Access will be limited to residents, and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets & Utility Upgrade project:

  • Watermain installation will be starting on Pine Street between Albion and Albert Street shortly. Minor traffic delays can be expected due to lane closures. Drivers should plan an alternate route if possible.

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects:

  • All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities within Beban Park are open during construction. Certain areas of the park are fenced off and closed to the public for safety reasons. Detours will be in place to access all amenities within the park. Please obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of any flag persons on duty.
  • Traffic flow is adjusted along Northfield Road between the Parkway (HWY19) and Boxwood Road for this critical infrastructure project. Traffic should avoid this area if possible and delays are to be expected. The speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h. Drivers must slowdown in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while construction crews work on this project. The construction will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and construction traffic as workers and equipment enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Boxwood Road, between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road.
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road.


Work With Us!

We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Fleet Maintenance Mechanic - Temporary Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Temporary Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer
  • Casual Police Information Clerks
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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Meetings This Week

Monday, May 15: Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm

Wednesday, May 17: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 9 am.

Thursday, May 18: Public Hearing at 7 pm. 


If you are not able to attend or tune in live, you can always review decisions made at each Council meeting simply by reading the Council Meeting Summaries. These summaries are typically posted the day after each meeting.


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