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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - National Public Works Week - 5/11/05


Contact: Paolo Masaro, Water Technician, (905) 884-8013, ext. 4416

WHO? Town of Richmond Hill Engineering & Public Works (EPW) Department staff

WHAT? Will be celebrating National Public Works Week by hosting an Open House and the York Municipalities Public Works Challenge (YMPWC)

  • Public Open House - Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Operations Centre, 1200 Elgin Mills Road East)
  • York Municipalities Public Works Challenge - Wednesday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (southwest parking lot at the Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park)

WHY? This year marks the eighth year the Town has participated in National Public Works Week (May 14 to 21), which is a time to raise awareness about public works and recognize the impact these staff make in the community. This year?s theme is "Public works is everywhere you look." The Town will be holding three major events during the week.

To start celebrations, on the Saturday the EPW Department staff will hold an Open House featuring displays, demonstrations, tours, family activities and a free barbecue lunch at the Operations Centre. This is an opportunity for the community to become acquainted with staff and learn about the services.

On Wednesday, the Town is hosting a Public Works Challenge event with other York Region municipalities. The challenge consists of teams made up of public works staff competing against each other in various obstacle courses using public works equipment. The event also includes a "Mayor?s Challenge," where Mayors drive a dump truck through an obstacle course.

Also during the week, the Town will host over 500 Grade 5 students for tours of the Operations Centre, educating them about the public works systems and various programs, including water, sewers and streets.

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