Go behind-the-scenes at the Engineering and Public Works open house

By , on May 15, 2014



Richmond, BC – As Richmond continues to grow, the City’s Engineering and Public Works Department is dedicated to keeping our community one of the safest and livable in Canada. Residents and visitors are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at what keeps Richmond running smoothly at the annual Engineering and Public Works open house on Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane.

With so many residents and visitors that pass through Richmond daily, it takes a special public works and engineering team to keep Richmond one of Canada’s safest and most liveable communities.

“The City’s public works employees are committed everyday to enhance and advance the quality of life for present and future generations,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “From planning, building, managing and operating, the open house showcases what City staff do on a daily basis to ensure Richmond residents are taken care of.”

Come out and enjoy the many activities available for all ages. Not only can kids play on heavy, real-life equipment and stick their hands in a Lafarge cement display, there will also be face-painting, a children’s play area, and live entertainment including music and tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop routines from the Urban Dance Company. In addition, there will be a Show and Shine classic car show sponsored by CUPE 394, gardening and lawn care information and interactive emergency, police, fire and ambulance displays. The event will also have exhibits providing conservation and sustainability tips.

New this year is the Works on Wheels free interactive bus tour showcasing some major Engineering and Public Works projects. Get a special look at the Alexandra District Energy Utility, No. 1 Road drainage pump station, Fire Hall No. 4 and the new Terra Nova playground. Space is limited. To secure a spot, please register at bustours@richmond.ca. Bus riders must be at least five years old.

There will be no need to pack a lunch as eight food vendors will be on site. Check out the local newspapers for a meal coupon for children eight years old and under. Do not forget to bring a reusable water bottle as Richmond’s portable water station will be on-site where everyone can access some of Canada’s best drinking water.

Richmond’s Engineering and Public Works open house celebrates the 54th annual National Public Works Week (May 18 to 24), which recognizes the men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure services known as public works. Cities across the nation participate by raising awareness of public works issues, and encourage community support for these dedicated employees who consistently improve the quality of life for residents.