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2016 News and Information

Engineering and Public Works open house

03 May  2016

Public Works Open HouseThe City’s Engineering and Public Works Department is dedicated to keeping the City of Richmond one of the safest and most livable in the country. Residents and visitors are invited to look at what keeps the city running smoothly at the annual Engineering and Public Works open house on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane.

“The City’s engineering and public works team is committed to providing Richmond with sustainable infrastructure, environmental leadership and service excellence,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Their dedication is essential to the health, safety, mobility and quality of life for our community.”

Come out and enjoy the many activities available for all ages. Experience the Quake Cottage mobile earthquake simulator and other interactive emergency, police and ambulance displays. Kids can play on heavy, real-life equipment and stick their hands in a Lafarge cement display. There will also be face-painting, a children’s play area, and live entertainment by The Big Head Project, Erzsi and the Urban Dance Company. In addition, there will be a Show and Shine classic car show sponsored by CUPE 394, gardening and lawn care information, and interactive environmental exhibits with conservation and sustainability tips.

Bring a reusable water bottle to refresh yourself with some of Canada’s best drinking water from one of the many portable tap water stations. There will also be nine food vendors on site. Check the local newspaper or the City’s Facebook page ( for a meal coupon for children eight years old and under.

Once again, the free Works on Wheels interactive bus tour will be offered—showcasing some major Engineering and Public Works projects. Get a special look at the Alexandra District Energy Utility, Bath Slough drainage pump station and Fire Hall No. 3. Space is limited. To secure a spot, please register at Bus riders must be over 40 lbs.

As event parking is limited, walking, taking transit, carpooling or riding your bike is encouraged. Racks will be available to safely secure bikes throughout the event.

Richmond’s Engineering and Public Works open house coincides with the 56th annual National Public Works Week (May 15 to 21), which recognizes the men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure services known as public works.

For more information on the open house, visit