February 22, 2021

This week... 

A fun family parks challenge is extended, the Metral Drive Complete Streets project continues and doughnut economics is getting some buzz. Read on for more!

The New Normal Continues

Masks Mandatory in all public spaces at all City facilities.

Please refer to the City website for a list of front desk hours of operation.

Corporate Services

Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.

Parks, Recreation & Culture

Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols.

Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and please stay home if not feeling 100% well.



Message from Island Health

50% of BC residents don't follow the public health orders all the time claiming personal actions donโ€™t put anyone else at risk or that their actions only affect themselves.โœถ

When dealing with a pandemic ๐’Š๐’•โ€™๐’” ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’€๐‘ถ๐‘ผ, ๐’Š๐’•โ€™๐’” ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐‘ผ๐‘บ.

๐Ÿ˜ทNot wearing a mask in the grocery store? Youโ€™re putting people at risk.

๐Ÿ‘Not washing your hands or using hand sanitizer? Youโ€™re putting people at risk.

๐Ÿ Socializing with groups or those outside your home or core bubble? You are putting people at risk.

๐Ÿš—Travelling for social or tourism reasons? You are putting people at risk.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž: ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ค.

We know youโ€™re tired. We know this feels like the day that never ends and that weโ€™re all living in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. But this is about protecting and saving lives. Please follow ๐’‚๐’๐’ the public health orders each and every day and encourage others to do the same.โœถ

[๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. 28, 2021 ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜Š ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜–๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜–๐˜๐˜๐˜‹ ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ]


Rock Your February!

Extended from Family Day Weekend! With your family, put your creative juices to the test and paint a rock to share with the community. Place your rocks at your favourite park or trail entrance sign. Share a photo of your rock by tagging @nanaimoparksandrec on Instagram and using the hashtag #rockparksandrec or email your photo to parksandrecreation@nanaimo.ca to be entered into a draw for a Parks, Recreation and Culture $50 gift card! Contest closes March 1.


Neighbourhood Safety Audits

Beginning in March, the Nanaimo RCMP, in partnership with the City of Nanaimo and fourth-year criminology students from VIU, will be conducting Safety Audits in selected neighbourhoods throughout Nanaimo. Safety audits provide a picture of how our community is affected by crime and help police and the City identify priorities when it comes to community safety. For more information, visit nanaimocpvolunteers.ca

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Stay informed on the City's Current Construction Projects page. Staff provide up-to-date information on City construction projects.

  • Mostar Road (Metral to E&N) is currently undergoing a sidewalk widening. During construction hours for the month of February, the sidewalk on the north side of the road may be closed and westbound traffic may be narrowed to one lane to make room for heavy machinery. Please respect signage and account for extra time in your commute whether you are walking, cycling, or driving.
  • Metral Drive (Turner to Mostar) is limited to residents and business traffic only. Please respect that the road is closed to through traffic and on-street parking has been removed in front of Pacific Station until the roadworks have been completed. As an active construction site with large machinery working and deep utility trenches, road closures may occur and delays are to be expected. Please drive slowly and respect signage.
  • Expect single lane traffic on Comox Road as work continues on the Millstone Trunk Sanitary Sewer Upgrades project.
  • Gordon Street from Museum Way to Terminal Avenue will be closed from 7 am to 3:30 pm on February 24 & 25 while crews install the tower crane for the Nanaimo Marriott Hotel Project. The VICC Parkade will remain open with access off the Museum Way entrance.


Work with Us!

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

Job Opportunities

Did you know?

Council recently adopted the Doughnut Economic Model of sustainability. This model will be incorporated into the plans that are at the centre of the REIMAGINE Nanaimo project. This Council initiative has created some buzz for our community! Read more about it in the articles below and stay tuned for developments.

Meetings This Week

Mon, Feb 22: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1 pm and Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm

Wed, Feb 24: Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness at 4 pm

Mon, Mar 1: Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm


Council in Action

Missed what decisions Council made? Donโ€™t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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