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Big rigs and buggy rides: Discover how Port Coquitlam runs services in this fun open house

The annual Public Works open house will offer interactive experiences for families to explore water, park, waste and other services run by the city in Port Coquitlam.
Port Coquitlam is holding an open house for the Public Works department on Saturday, May 27.

Learn how the City of Port Coquitlam runs water, park, waste and other services during a fun interactive outdoor open house at the Public Works Yard.

Held in honour of National Public Works Week May 21 to 27, the open house is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the Public Works Yard at 1737 Broadway St. (entrance off of Cameron Avenue).

This year's theme is Connecting the World Through Public Works, a city press release states.

“Public works connects us all through infrastructure and service, enhancing the quality of life for the communities these professionals serve.”

The open house is intended to raise awareness about the public works services that residents use every day. 

For example 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.

The festival-style event will feature 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 barbecue by donation to Share Family and Community Services
  • Free compost (bring your containers)
  • Giveaways