October 25, 2021

This week...

Participate in a Halloween themed StoryWalk® at Neck Point Park, mark your calendars for the Emergency Alert test and share your thoughts on several projects on Get Involved Nanaimo. Read on for more!

Self-Guided StoryWalk®

Looking for something to do over the Halloween weekend? Take part in the free, self-guided StoryWalk® featuring "The Spooky Wheels on the Bus". The book will be available for viewing at Neck Point Park from October 29 to November 2.


Be Spooky, Be Seen

Halloween is meant to be a fun celebration, but it can also be risky if parents, children and drivers don't take precautions. ICBC provides tips for drivers such as making sure you stay well below the speed limit and don't pass stopped or slow vehicles. For kids, tips include creating a safe route and making sure costumes fit and have an element that is reflective. 


Co-ed Hockey League

Sign up for a new, fun, non-competitive co-ed hockey league! Teams will be a mix of registrants and will be on rotation as needed to keep play fair and even skilled. Players are guaranteed one game each week (either Sunday or Monday evening). Games will be played on a rotation and a schedule will be produced for all participants. The league has already started, but new participants are welcome.


Aquatic Update

Swimming schedules at both the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Park Pool will be temporarily modified to accommodate as many patrons in the pools while Beban Park Pool undergoes repairs.

Beginning today, October 25, 2021, patrons will be able to use Beban leisure pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and teaching pool from Monday to Friday while the 25 metre pool remains closed for repairs. The temporary schedule at Beban will accommodate the public for drop in swim sessions and participants in swimming lessons. In addition, the Beban Park weight room will be open weekdays, and there will be swimming available at Beban Park Pool when Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is hosting various meets this fall season. 


Prepare for Emergency Call Alert Test

The City of Nanaimo's Emergency Alert System, called Voyent Alert! allows residents to use an App or sign up online to receive text, email and phone alerts. On October 28, 2021 at 10:15 am a *test alert* will take place as part of the City's second annual Emergency Preparedness Month. Currently the "Offload Unused Apps" feature on an iPhone, and "Deep Sleep" feature on Android will cause your app to uninstall if the app goes unopened for a period of time. To prevent this from happening, please watch the above video. This is critical to ensuring you still receive important alerts.

If you haven't already, you can download the "Voyent Alert" app, available from the App Store or GooglePlay or register for Voyent Alert! online. If you don't have easy access to a computer, our Public Works staff can help you register at 250-758-5222.


Welcome to Get Involved Nanaimo, a new way for you to stay engaged with the City of Nanaimo and other residents in our community. Here you will have the opportunity to have your say on City matters wherever you find yourself - at home, in a cafe or on vacation!

Learn about the City of Nanaimo's budget and share what you think should be a priority for the next 5 years. 

Share your thoughts by taking a short survey (5 minutes) on neighbourhood associations

An Activity Centre & Boathouse is planned for Loudon Park. Review the three options and have your say.

What would you like to see included in The Hub public space and transit improvements at Terminal and Commercial?

How can the Nanaimo Cycling Map App be improved? Check it out and let us know! 

Provide feedback on draft improvement ideas at Westwood Lake Park. 

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 site, so please expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area. All businesses remain open and accessible, but commuters are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.
  • Hammond Bay Road (between Bonnie Drive and Overlook Drive) will be single-lane, alternating traffic 24 hours a day into November.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Laguna Way east of the intersection with Lost Lake Road. Commuters can expect minor delays.


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

Monday, October 25: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm

Thursday, October 28: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5:00 pm

Friday, October 29: Special Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 9:00 am

Monday, November 1: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Did you know?

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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