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Check out what keeps Richmond working

Don Fennell   May-07-2018

Enjoy free family fun at Richmond’s Engineering and Public Works Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


Enjoy a day exploring what keeps Richmond in working order.

Richmond is offering a sneak peek into its Engineering and Public Works Division on Saturday, May 12. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all ages are invited to share in the fun at the city operations yard at 5599 Lynas Lane.

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“The City’s Engineering and Public Works team is dedicated to the health, safety and quality of life for everyone in our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Each year, this event provides an exciting opportunity to learn more about the hard work that goes into providing sustainable infrastructure, environmental leadership and service excellence on a daily basis for Richmond residents.”

Here’s your chance to be overwhelmed by full-sized excavators and dump trucks, check out a fire truck at the emergency response station, or test your creativity building projects in the Kidstruction area.

Visitors will also have a chance to participate in a variety of activities and visit booths from many city departments. As well, the popular Show and Shine classic car show, sponsored by CUPE 394, is back with a display of adrenaline-inducing vehicles. An all-new Move for Health Week activity station will also keep your heart pumping. And you can even get gardening tips and learn more about sustainability and conservation.

If this taps all your energy, don’t worry. There will be several food vendors on site with plenty of options to tempt your tastebuds. But remember to bring a reusable water bottle with you to quench your thirst, and refill it with some of Canada’s best drinking water from one of the many portable tap water stations.

A unique way to check out all the action is by hopping about the free Works on Wheels. The interactive bus tour will showcase some of the exciting Engineering and Public Works projects such as a drainage pump station, a district energy centre and the Terra Nova Pollinator Park. But space is limited, so secure a spot by registering in advance via email at bustours@richmond.ca. Bus riders must weigh over 18 kilograms (40 pounds).

Event parking is limited so walking, taking public transit, carpooling or riding your bike is highly encouraged. Wheel Watch will be on site to safely secure bicycles throughout the event.

As Richmond’s population grows, the City’s Engineering and Public Works Division continues to work to provide and maintain sustainable infrastructure to ensure the city is one of the safest and most livable in Canada. Richmond’s Engineering and Public Works Open House kicks off the 58th annual National Public Works Week (May 20 to 26), which recognizes the vital contributions made by men and women who provide and maintain the diverse infrastructure services known as public works.


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