Jan. 30, 2023

This Week...

Celebrate World Wetlands Day, apply to perform at the Concerts in the Park series and familiarize yourself with Midtown Water Supply construction. Read on for more!

dog licence renewals

Warming Services

The City is providing funds for existing organizations to extend their hours of service when temperatures drop. City staff and RCMP members will be on the street increasing coverage of wellness checks and providing warming supplies.

Additional service hours have been added at the 7-10 Club Society and Risebridge. Also, the Unitarian Shelter offers 27 overnight shelter beds and during extreme cold.


review the official naming parks and facilities policy statement

Naming a Park

Did you know? There is an official council policy for naming a park or facility that is used to guide decisions and actions. When you look up the policy on the city's website, it provides a list of examples on how some of Nanaimo's parks and facilities acquired their names!

For instance, Jack's Point Park is named after Jack Dolholt who resided on the point for 40 years (1819-1905).


Learn more about restoration monitoring for World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day

Feb. 2 marks World Wetlands Day. Established in 1971 at the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands, this day brings awareness to the critical role wetlands play. They are Mother Nature’s water filters, important habitat for many species and they provide protection from flood, drought and climate change. This year’s theme for World Wetlands Day is Wetland Restoration. The City, along with Snuneymuxw First Nation and a number of community volunteers and stewardship groups, have completed a number of wetland restorations in our parks. The results of some of these restorations can be seen through a timelapse of photos from the Chronolog restoration monitoring program. You can even participate in the program by visiting one of monitored parks, listed, taking a photo and uploading it to Chronolog.


Recycle bc expands the list of accepted items in residential blue cart pick up program

Apply to Play at Concerts in the Park

The Culture and Events team has begun planning for the 2023 event season, and is seeking performers for the popular Concerts in the Park series. Concerts take place May to Aug. in a variety of locations throughout Nanaimo and aim to enliven our public spaces and animate the parks with local talent. Applications are now open and will be accepted until Mar. 6, 2023.


Learn more about midtown water supply project

Midtown Water Supply 

Have you been affected by a road or trail closure due to large pipes being laid? Wondering why this project is happening? To help you understand what the Midtown Water Supply Project is all about, here is a quick overview:

💧 Apr. 2020 - 22 million liters of water were lost from a major structural failure in the primary water supply main under Bowen Road.

💧 Jul. 2022 - site preparations and construction began building a new primary and a new secondary water supply main near Beban Park, Labieux Rd and Northfield Rd.

💧 Jan. 2023 - site preparations and construction began along the Nanaimo Parkway near Third St, and many several trails in the area will be closed near Vancouver Island University. When finished, the increased water supply will accommodate future growth, improve firefighting capabilities, reduce future failure risks and improve water quality for all consumers! Building a strong, resilient water supply network.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during the construction of this critical City project.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • For the City of Nanaimo’s Midtown Water Supply Project, construction crews will be entering and exiting the northbound lane of Highway 19 (Nanaimo Parkway) at two locations, just north of Jingle Pot Road and just south of Northfield Road. Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage. 
  • The trails between Black Diamond/VIU/Jingle Pot/Third Street are closed to cycling and pedestrian traffic for the Midtown Water Supply site preparations. The trail closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of Apr.
  • Midtown Water Supply Project trench Preparations will create visual distractions and minor delays along Northfield Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Marsh before Boxwood Road. Commuters should expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Access to the Stevie Smith Bike Park and Community Gardens is off Bowen Road past the tennis courts and golf course. All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities are open. In an effort to protect the public and provide a safe working area, certain areas of the park are fenced off and restricted for all non-construction personnel.
  • Metral Drive is substantially complete! Road markings will continue as weather and temperatures allow.
  • Pine Street between Bruce Avenue and Chesterlea Avenue will be closed from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 30 & 31) for sewer work. Please plan an alternate route.


Work With Us!

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

  • Recreation Coordinator - Special Events
  • Steno - Planning
  • Buyer
  • Assistant Manager, Revenue Services
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


learn more about the board of variance

Board of Variance

Residents interested in becoming more involved with local government have the opportunity to apply to the Board of Variance. The City of Nanaimo is currently recruiting one member for a three-year term. The Board of Variance is an independent body that can grant variances to relax zoning regulations; extend non-conforming uses; and, reconstruct non-conforming buildings.


Meetings This Week

Monday, Feb. 6: Regular Council Meeting 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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