The City of Parksville will recognize National Public Works Week from May 15 to 21, held annually to recognize the work of public works professionals.
To celebrate, the city will host a public works open house on May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parksville Community Park, according to a media release by the city.
Activities will include demonstrations, displays, activities for children and a chance to explore and ask questions of city staff. Parksville Fire Department and members of the Oceanside RCMP will also be involved. All activities are free, according to the city.
“Our staff are dedicated to creating and maintaining the city’s infrastructure and help keep our community strong by providing many public works services, such as clean drinking water, wastewater, stormwater treatment, maintenance of public buildings and spaces, safe roads and sidewalks, street lighting and traffic signals, snow removal, fire hydrant maintenance, fleet services, and the beautification of the city through parks and trails, floral displays, irrigation installation and maintenance, and horticulture and arborist services,” reads the release.
Since 1960, the third week in May has been celebrated as National Public Works Week. Municipalities across Canada use this week to educate, engage and inform the public about the essential role of public works in the quality of life of the community.
“For the past two years, city staff have successfully navigated their vital roles through the pandemic, sustaining daily operations which enhance the quality of life and safety of Parksville residents and make our city a better place to live,” the release said.
The city said it will also use the open house to promote public works as a career choice.