Feb. 13, 2023

This Week...

Celebrate love with heart healthy walks, renew dog licences and learn more about the new washrooms at Neck Point Park. Read on for more!

Celebrate Love!

We hope you feel loved when receiving notes, cards and treats this Valentines day! Please make sure you pass that love on to the environment by recycling right. Above is a quick guide to the proper placement of candy wrappers, cards and packages. If you still have questions, use the "What Goes Where" waste wizard tool on our website or download the Nanaimo Recycles App. You can enter an item and it will tell you where/how to recycle it. Thanks for sharing the love. 


Heart Healthy Walks

This week brings thoughts of romance to the top of mind. Our many beautiful parks and trails provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll, hike or picnic.

We hope you take some time to enjoy Nanaimo's boardwalks, benches and breathtaking views. It's not only romantic, it's good for your heart, lungs and mental health. 

We have four recommendations for you in the blog link below. Or choose your own destination by using the Parks Search tool on the website. 


spring and summer activity guide is coming out soon

Spring & Summer Activity Guide - Coming Soon!

Get your highlighter pens ready, look up your account passwords, set your alarm clocks and be prepared to book your Spring and Summer programs soon. The 2023 Spring and Summer Activity Guide will be available online for viewing Feb. 24 and registration begins at 6 am Mar. 1. The Winter Activity Guide is still active and can be found on the website


reminder to renew your dog licence

Time to Renew

This is a friendly reminder to renew your dog licence before Feb 28! Did you know:

  • All dogs over the age of four months are required to be licensed in the City of Nanaimo. 
  • 100% of the fees go towards operating the Nanaimo Animal Shelter.
  • Owners of licenced dogs avoid paying an additional penalty if the dog is impounded.


Westwood lake part phase 1 amenity improvements begin January and last until late spring 2023


Did you know? The City provides grant funding under a number of programs. We encourage you to see a list of the available options, some of them include:


register for the next volunteer in the park invasive plant removal work party at Diver Lake March 18 from 10 am to 12 noon

Volunteer Work Parties

Parks, Recreation & Culture would like to thank the many volunteers who attended the Ivy pulling work party at Bowen Park last week. Your time and effort to manage invasive plants in our parks is appreciated. The next work party focuses on Daphne Removal at Diver Lake on Mar. 18 from 10 am - 12 pm. Please join us, you can register using course #86541. Thank you!


Acting for climate together, sign up

ACT Now! 

Acting for Climate Together (ACT) was created to inspire, educate and encourage groups and individuals to work together to take climate action. Participants can focus on projects in six categories:

  • Transportation
  • Food & Waste
  • Buildings & Energy
  • Nature
  • Climate Knowledge
  • Big ACTions

There are many ACTions you can take but here are a few examples:

  • Host a tree planting event
  • Create a butterflyway
  • Walking school bus project
  • Climate-focused community art project
  • Host a bike repair clinic
  • Build and install bat habitat boxes

Get your team (of 2 or more) signed up by Friday, Feb. 17. Groups have a chance to win sustainable prizes. Be part of a region-wide collaboration to transform our region into a low-carbon community, sign up today!


new washroom facility open at Neck Point Park

Neck Point Washroom

A universal washroom facility is now open at Neck Point Park. The new facility is accessible and features two universal washrooms and two outdoor changing spaces with showers. It also features a green roof system.



Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • A utility upgrade is underway on Farquhar Street between Irwin Street and Fry Street. Expect delays. If possible, plan an alternate route.
  • Richardson Road is closed from Tait Road to Porter Road Feb. 13 to Mar. 3. 

For the City of Nanaimoโ€™s Midtown Water Supply Project:

  • Construction crews will be entering and exiting the northbound lane of Highway 19 (Nanaimo Parkway) south of Northfield Road. Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • The project will adjust traffic flow along Northfield Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway and Boxwood Road for this critical infrastructure project. Traffic should avoid this area if possible and delays are to be expected. Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage. Commuters should also expect minor delays along Boxwood Road between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road.
  • The trails between Black Diamond/VIU/Third Street are closed to cycling and pedestrian traffic for site preparations. The trail closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of April. As part of this work crews will start construction of an entry/exit access off Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse this will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters on Third Street.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the 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.


Work With Us!

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

  • Project Accountant
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Buyer
  • Two Lifeguard/Instructors
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, Feb.13 : Governance and Priorities Committee at 1 pm.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 9 am. 

Thursday, Feb. 16: 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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