POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Powell River Council has declared May 20 to 26th as Public Works Week in the northern Sunshine Coast city.

The week is celebrated in communities across North America through an initiative by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). The goal is to educate the general public about the value and importance of public works projects.

Local elementary schools will be welcomed to the city works yard on Thursday, May 24th.

The Powell River Operational Services branch will host the event. Students will have the chance to see demonstrations of many public works functions that are done on a day-to-day basis.

“We’ve got grade three and four classes from throughout the city coming down, five classes in total,” said Public Works Superintendent, Murray Steer.

“They are going to get an opportunity to see some of the work we do, the new garbage trucks we have, and we’re going to have a little fun backhoe demonstration that the kids will be able to watch.”

Steer said their flusher truck will also be shown off, demonstrating how it keeps streets cleaned. There will also be a live water display.

Students will be able to “touch a truck” and will be guided through the works yard on a transit bus.

National Public Works Week has been sponsored by the American Public Works Association since 1960. More than 30,000 members in the United States and Canada use the week to promote the importance of public works in the community.

For more details on Public Works Week, contact Superintendent Steer at (604) 485-8659.

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