Public Works Open House Returns with Free Hands-On Fun
Port Coquitlam, BC – May 10, 2022… The City of Port Coquitlam is inviting the community back to a fun, interactive outdoor open house at the Public Works Yard on May 28 to get an insider’s look at Port Coquitlam’s Public Works services – from water to waste, roads to parks – see how the City is maintained, and serviced.
Held in honour of National Public Works Week May 15 to 21, the open house is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28 at the Public Works Yard at 1737 Broadway St.
The open house is intended to raise awareness about the public works services that residents use every day. In Port Coquitlam, the Public Works division provides waste collection services and maintains and improves City infrastructure, such as streets and sidewalks; parks, trails and public spaces; the sewer, water and drainage system; and the city fleet.
“This annual event gives the community an opportunity to come and experience the work of our Public Works team which is often invisible to the public, but is work that we as residents rely on as part of our daily lives,” said Mayor Brad West. “We are all about getting the basics right for our community and Public Works are key to delivering the core services that matter to our residents.”
The festival-style event has educational and fun activities for all ages, including:
- Hands-on displays for each Public Works service area: play the waste-sorting game, find out the journey of drinking water, learn about the snow removal program, get tips from the City’s gardeners and more.
- Heavy machinery on display or in action, including a garbage truck, backhoe, and snow plough; as well as sign making and traffic signal demos.
- Free children’s activities including balloon animals, buggy ride, flower planting and tractor-pulled hay rides.
- A hot dog barbecue by donation to SHARE Family and Community Services.
- Giveaways and more.
“We encourage our residents to come down and see the public works services that they use every day and the contributions our Public Works team make in the community,” said Cllr. Penner, Council’s designate for public works matters. “Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day with interactive activities available for all ages.”
This year’s theme is “Ready & Resilient.” Public works professionals are always ready to serve their communities, and resilient as ever in their abilities to pick themselves up off the ground after encountering challenges.
More information is available at portcoquitlam.ca/pwweek.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam