September 20, 2022

This week...

New play features are being installed at Maffeo Playground, the community is invited to Rivers Day held at Bowen Park September 25 and to the September 30 Truth and Reconciliation Event, honouring a Snuneymuwx way of being. Read on for more!

On September 30, the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Snuneymuxw First Nation, City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are honouring our Ancestors, survivors and families by honouring a Snuneymuxw way of being

Truth & Reconciliation September 30

On September 30, the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Snuneymuxw First Nation, City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are honouring our Ancestors, survivors and families by honouring a Snuneymuxw way of being. 

The public is invited to the Stadium District (745 Third St) to honour all those that were impacted by government Indigenous assimilation policies, including residential and day schools. By following in the footsteps of the Ancestors and honouring a Snuneymuxw way of being with Snuneymuxw protocol, art and a new hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ place name, we honour the Land and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in keeping Snuneymuxw culture alive.

New Snuneymuxw artwork and field name q’unq’inuqwstuxw ((pronounced ki-KIN-ish-TOOK), will be assigned to the NDSS community field within the Stadium District.

Event Details

10am – 11am

Opening ceremony will take place at the Rotary Bowl. Community members are invited to witness this event and wear orange to show support. Snuneymuxw and Nanaimo community leaders speak; Snuneymuxw community members share their truths about the impacts of residential schools; a new hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ place name and art by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown are honoured.

11am – 3pm

Snuneymuxw performances on mainstage at the Rotary Bowl.


Free sport and recreational activities, including swimming and skating, and information booths will be available throughout the Stadium District. Local sport organizations will host demonstrations and clinics and food vendors will be set up.

A shuttle service will be provided by the Regional District and the Bike Valet will be on site safely guarding bikes for those who wish to ride to the event.


The community is invited to World Rivers Day September 25 at Bowen Park lower picnic shelter 11 am to 3 pm

World Rivers Day

Come and celebrate our rivers and their many benefits, such as clean water, spawning salmon, historic trade, exploration routes, connection with Snuneymuxw First Nation Community and a place to play.

Join us at Bowen Park, in the lower picnic shelter on Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 3 pm and enjoy FREE entertainment, community booths and activities!


link to parks and recreation events including Lions Free Skates

Lions Free Skate

The City of Nanaimo Parks & Recreation, Lions Club of Nanaimo, Save-On-Foods and many other community sponsors are proud to present the Lions Free Skates. Held Sunday's at Frank Crane Arena from 12-1:30 pm. (On Clipper game days held 11:30 am-1 pm - Oct 9, Dec 11, Jan 15 & Mar 12). We hope to see you there!


Invasive Plant Removal

Join like-minded individuals and help us tackle invasive plants during one of several work parties planned this fall. Your efforts really make a difference in improving our environment's health and keeping our parks beautiful. All work parties will run 10 am to 12 pm and equipment and training are provided. Sign up to assist at one of the following locations. Please register using the course codes provided.

  • Sat, Oct 15 - Daphne removal at Diver Lake Park (code 81477)
  • Tues, Nov 1 - Ivy removal at Pipers Lagoon Park (course code 81479)
  • Sat, Nov 26 - Daphne removal at Diver Lake Park (code 81478)


Maffeo Sutton Park

Additional play features are being constructed at Maffeo Sutton Park's Inclusive Playground. Stay tuned for an opening date. Thanks to Nanaimo Lions Club who donated $26,000 for the new wheelchair accessible swing. Thanks for your patience and cooperation during construction.


Nanaimo votes October 15

Election Update

You can review the updated list of candidates for the positions of Mayor and Council. Please note one mayoral candidate has withdrawn and four remain. 

The video above outlines the several voting locations that will be available on October 15. Be sure to make note of the location that is most convenient for you!


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is getting prepped for paving between Turner and Aulds. Traffic control will aim to keep traffic flowing; however, please display patience for the workers as they endeavor to do this work as quickly as they can. Expect major delays on paving days – check social media for updates.
  • Mobility upgrades are taking place at the intersections of Bruce Avenue at Sixth Street and at Albion Street. Commuters should expect minor delays.
  • Park Avenue between Fifth Street and Seventh Street will be closed in both directions for a sanitary sewer upgrade. The road closure will be in place for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access is available for local traffic and emergency vehicles only. A detour will be in place using Bruce Avenue and the closure will remain in effect until the sewer upgrade project is completed in September.
  • September 20-23, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm each day the corner of Ninth Street and Howard Road will be closed and a detour will be in place. Please follow signage and traffic controls. Access for local and emergency traffic will be reinstated at the end of each day. 



Midtown Water Supply Project Update

  • Along the Nanaimo Parkway between East Wellington Road and Northfield Road construction crews continue to work on the Midtown Water Supply Project and are making their way to the intersection of Northfield Road with the trench preparations. Commuters should expect merging construction traffic entering the Nanaimo Parkway south of Northfield Road.
  • Beban Park has detours within the park and areas of restricted access for the Midtown Water Supply Project. Access to the Stevie Smith Bike Park and the Community Gardens is off Bowen Road past the tennis courts and golf course. 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:

  • Manager, Culture & Special Events
  • Planning Assitant
  • Trails Supervisor - Parks
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Casual Labourer Pool
  • Building Official
  • Planner - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator Aquatics
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


photo of meeting room where council meetings take place

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, September 21: Special Council Meeting at 9:00 am

Monday, September 26: Governance and Priorities Committee

Did you know? 

Correction from last week! You can still 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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