Feb. 27, 2023

This Week...

The first monthly Art Agora project launches, program registration opens Wednesday and learn more about the largest specialized pipe installation in Canada. Read on for more!

Link to the 2023 Spring and Summer activity guide

Get Ready for Spring/Summer Registration

The 2023 Spring and Summer Activity Guide is available online for viewing and registration begins March 1 at 6 am. 

There are three ways to register:

1. Online at recreation.nanaimo.ca. Create your account and have a valid credit card ready.

2. In-person during operating hours at Beban Park, Nanaimo Ice Centre, Bowen Park, Oliver Woods Community Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

3. By phone 250-756-5200.


learn more about the Art Agora project

Art Agora Project

Art Agora is a series of monthly art activations you can participate in from March to Aug. that will bring out a unique perspective and different craft. There are also prizes to be won!

The first activity has launched, Nana-IMO, where you summarize what Nanaimo means to you in 20 words or less on a handwritten note. Take a photo of your note, then email it to nanaimo@artagora.ca between March 6 to March 24 to be entered to win Indigo gift cards!

Winners will be announced March 31.  


check out several new summer camps offered in the 2023 spring and summer activity guide

New Camps!

Have you had a chance to flip through the 2023 Spring and Summer Activity Guide? There are several new courses and camps to try! You can design your ultimate summer by choosing a variety of days, locations and interests. Try a new camp this year:

  • Summer Fun Storytime
  • Family Storytime
  • Explore a Park
  • Children's Summer Hoops

Camp information starts on page 32. 


renew dog licences

Renew Dog Licences

The discounted renewal fee of $25 is available until Feb. 28. After that, the fee increases to $30.

Did you know? 100% of the fees collected from dog licencing go towards the costs of operating the Nanaimo Animal Shelter, including care and adoption.


learn more about disc golf and access a score sheet and map of Bowen Park course

All Season Disc Golf 

Have you played Disc Golf before? It's played like regular golf but instead of a ball, you use flying discs. The object is to complete the course between the "tee" and the "hole" or chain basket in the fewest throws. 

Play solo or with a group of friends. Learn more about this popular outdoor game located at Bowen Park. 


Learm more about midtown water supply project and the specialized pipe being installed

Largest Specialized Pipe Installation in Canada

Many of you are aware of the new water pipes being installed throughout Nanaimo right now. What you might not know, is not all of them are the typical pipes used for water mains.

Over the Northfield Marsh, along the shoulder of Northfield Road, a special pipe called  "Hazard Resilient Ductile Iron Pipe" is being installed. They are earthquake and other disaster resistant and can stand up to ground settlement. 

This pipe was originally developed by Kubota to provide reliable water supply throughout the seismicly active Japan. It has been successfully used around the Pacific Rim, in other earthquake susceptible regions such as California, New Zealand, Vancouver and Japan. The Midtown Water Supply Project will be the largest installation of this specialized pipe in Canada to date! This solution is saving the City over $1.2 million.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Richardson Road is closed from Tait Road to Porter Road Feb. 13 to March 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.
  • Labieux Road located south of the roundabout and north of the Beban Park entrance will have traffic control assistance for construction. Drivers must slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage. Commuters should expect minor delays.
  • 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 construct 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.


Work With Us!

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

  • Municipal Services Inspector
  • Casual Police Information Clerks
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Project Accountant
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Buyer
  • 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. 27: Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm

Thursday, March 2: Board of Variance at 4 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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