Employees of public works department. City of Mission photo.

City of Mission hosting interactive open house on May 14 in honour of Public Works Week

Event to be held at Public Works Yard, public invited to learn about city service

The City of Mission is hosting an interactive open house at their public works yard on May 14, inviting the public to learn about how the city constructs, maintains and services the city.

Attendees will learn about the programs, equipment and people behind the public works department in a family-friendly event complete with a bouncy castle, and free tickets for snacks at a local food truck. Dogs on leases are also welcome.

“The people, expertise and equipment in our Public Works are all top-notch,” said Mayor Paul Horn. “The work of the department is often invisible to the public, but it plays a huge role in our quality of life. I hope people will come down and see how their tax dollars are being deployed and to say thank you to the team working on their behalf.”

People will be able to meet operators and check out their plows, sweepers, trucks, and other heavy-duty machinery.

The event is being held in honour of National Public Works Week, and will feature displays from Environmental Services, Forestry, Mission RCMP, Mission Fire Rescue Service, CUPE Local 1267, and others. There will also be archival material from the department on display.

“This is our first Public Works Week Open House here at the City of Mission in many years,” said Tracy Kyle, director of engineering and public works.

“The work of our dedicated public works team is felt in Mission every single day, from the streets that we drive to the utility systems that we use. I believe residents will have a chance to learn something new about the operational work supporting their daily lives and have some fun while doing it.”