National Public Works Week (NPWW) is an annual event in support of Public Works professionals across the country. It's a time to raise awareness and recognize the impact that Public Works staff have on improving the quality of life in the community.
Richmond Hill has participated in National Public Works Week since 1997. The activities take place at its Operations Centre and include three major events:
A Public Open House (Saturday, May 14) where residents have the chance to interact with Public Works staff and learn about the services they provide. This event also features equipment demonstrations where children can climb aboard machines used to haul, pick up and excavate and see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat!
Elementary School Tours, where students get to learn about what Public Works staff do, the important roles they play in the community and the great opportunities a career in Public Works can offer. Each year more than 400 elementary students get the chance to visit the Operations Centre.
The York Municipalities Public Works Challenge, which provides Public Works staff the opportunity to network with peers from other municipalities. Hosted by the Town, this event is attended by all nine area municipalities, as well as the Region. The Challenge features a number of events, such as the Backhoe Ball Challenge and Watermain Repair Challenge, where teams of four from each municipality compete against each other for a chance to take home the coveted Miller Cup. The event also features the Mayor's Challenge and Media Challenge obstacle course.
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For more information about National Public Works Week events, contact the Operations Centre at 905-884-8013.