Doyou ever wonder who landscapes the City of Santa Monica parks, sweeps the streets, supplies the city with fresh, clean water, or picks up the trash and recycling each week? These and many other important jobs are done by the City of Santa Monica Public Work Department employees, who in celebration of National Public Works Week invite the community to attend the Annual City Yards Open House on Saturday May 16, from noon to 3 p.m.

This fun and free event will give the community an opportunity to learn about the services Public Works provides through hands-on activities and displays, several featuring a close-up look at the amazing big trucks and machines used to build and maintain the City’s infrastructure for today and tomorrow. Kids of all ages will enjoy interactive activities such as:

Meeting Curby, the Recycling Robot, operating a recycling truck, painting an eco-mural with reused latex paint, learning about sustainable landscaping, learning about the best ways to recycle with an interactive recycling trailer, meeting Rosie’s Girls

Food will be provided by local restaurants. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle – Santa Monica City Water Stations will be available to quench your thirst.

National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May. Through NPWW and other efforts, APWA seeks to raise the public’s awareness of public works issues and to increase confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations.

Free Parking and Free Bike Valet, Santa Monica City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave. 12 – 3 p.m. Free. For more information visit http://www.smgov.net/departments/publicworks orthe City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/cityofsantamonica.

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