May 2, 2022

This week... 

Sign up for an invasive plant removal work party, prepare an emergency kit and don't miss Family Fishing Day where the first Concert in the Park kicks off. Read on for more!

May Out & About 

May is packed with fun events and activities for the whole family! This video provides a sneak peak at a few events but be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook so you don't miss anything! 


Invasive Plant Removal

May is Invasive Plant Removal month in the City of Nanaimo. Please consider registering to help remove invasive species such as Scotch Broom, English Ivy and Daphne from our local parks. There are several dates and locations to choose from. It is free to participate and equipment and training are provided. Help us make a difference!


Drop Zone

Nanaimo homeowners removing invasive species from their own properties can bring it bagged or tarped for free, safe removal at the drop zone. The drop zone takes place on May 28, 10am - 2pm in the lower parking lot at Bowen Park (off Wall St). Mark your calendars so you don't miss it - happy gardening!


Neighbourhood Associations Update

A Neighbourhood Association Policy and a $10,000 annual grant was adopted by Council on April 25. Learn more about this policy and check to see if you have a neighbourhood association in your area to get involved! 


Recycle Right

Recycle BC is reminding residents in the Province of BC to recycle right and ensure recyclables go in blue carts or to the depot, instead of ending up in nature or the landfill. 

You will see messages like this chipmunk reminding you to take home your plastic take-out containers for proper rinsing and recycling after an outdoor dining date. 


Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7

The City of Nanaimo is encouraging residents to prepare for an emergency by making a kit, drafting up a plan and signing up for the City's Voyent Alert! Emergency Notification System. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. 


Summer Registration Open May 4

The Summer 2022 Activity Guide is now available for viewing on-line. This guide covers courses offered from June to August. Start planning your summer now! Be sure to create an account if you haven't already and mark down the course codes so when registering you'll have all the information you need. Registration will open on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 am. 


Family Fishing Day

Celebrate BC's annual Family Fishing Weekend with Parks, Recreation & Culture. Join the Freshwater Fisheries of BC and register to learn about the basics of freshwater fishing. Watch the trout release at 11:30 am and catch the first Concert in the Park entertainers Fiddelium and Folk Band from 12:30-1:30 pm. 


Concerts in the Park

Catch some fantastic live music this year! Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy some great musical entertainment in many of Nanaimo's beautiful parks. The first concert takes place this Saturday, May 7 at Colliery Dam Park and the series wraps up at Neck Point Park on August 3. Check out the schedule for Blues, Bosa Nova & more!


Get Vaccinated

Youth Week May 1-7, 2022

Celebrate Nanaimo's youth with a variety of activities happening all week long. Some require registration; use the barcodes provided and book now! Choose from an organized hike to a dive-in movie, there is something for everyone. 

May 2 Spare Blox Jr (11-14 yrs) | 7-8:30 pm | Free | Fairview School | Barcode 73511

May 3 Spare Blox (10-17 yrs) | 6:15-7:45 pm | Free | Oliver Woods | Barcode 72496

May 4 Youth Lounge Pizza Party | 3-7 pm | Free | Nanaimo Aquatic Centre | Barcode 72504

May 4 May the Fourth be With You Star Wars Skate | 6:30-8 pm | Drop in fee | NIC | Drop in

May 4 Spare Blox (13-18 yrs) | 8:30-9:30 pm | Free | John Barsby School | Barcode 73512

May 5 Sugarloaf Mtn Hike | 11:30am-2pm | $10 | See course details for meet spot | Barcode 72921

May 5 LIT Parent Info Night | 7-8 pm | Free | Beban Social Centre | Barcode 72640

May 6 Stick 'n' Puck | 3:15-4:15 pm | Drop in fee | Cliff McNabb Arena | Drop in

May 6 Youth Toonie Skate | 8-9:30 pm | $2 | Cliff McNabb Arena | Drop in

May 7 Babysitter Training | 9am-4pm | $64 | Beban Social Centre | Barcode 72630

May 7 Dive-In Movie "Encanto" | 1-3 pm | Drop in fee | Beban Park Pool | Drop in


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Ninth Street is closed between Bruce Avenue and Plecas Crescent. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction, so please drive slowly, respect the new 3-way stops, and expect delays while navigating the construction zone. Enterprise Way will be closed eastbound during the week of May 9th – 13th. Please detour on Aulds & Hwy 19A during this period.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Laguna Way east of the intersection with Lost Lake Road. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Nottingham Drive is closed between Hammond Bay Road and Cumberland Place. Commuters should plan to access Nottingham from the north end.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Cottleview Drive and Hillside Avenue between Caldwell Street and Pacific Edge Way. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Fourth Street between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street is closed in both directions to through traffic, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hamilton Avenue at Pine Street will be closed to southbound right turning vehicles. Local traffic is permitted. All businesses remain open and accessible. Road closures will remain in effect until May 2022 when the Fourth Street Complete Street Phase 1 project is completed.


Work With Us!

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

  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Planner
  • Equipment Operator Asphalt
  • 2022 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary full-time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, May 2: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Did you know? 

The Director of Corporate and Business Development will be presenting the Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization Society Charter for Council's consideration at Monday's Council meeting.

You can watch live meetings, view a list of upcoming meetings, read agendas and watch recordings of past meetings all in one place on the City website.


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