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Celebrate Richmond Hill's Community Heroes May 20 to 26 - May 18, 2012

Contact: Mario Di Salvo, National Public Works Week Committee Chair, 905-884-8013, ext. 4430,

Mayor Dave Barrow & Members of Council, Richmond Hill staff, residents and elementary school students along with their teachers

Will celebrate the lasting impressions that Public Works staff leave on our community during National Public Works Week (NPWW)

May 20 – 26 at Richmond Hill’s Operations Centre, located at 1200 Elgin Mills Road East (between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue on the north side)

Please see attached backgrounder for a detailed schedule of events, including information about the Media Challenge to be held during the Public Works Challenge (May 23).

NPWW is an annual national event that recognizes the many ways in which Public Works professionals improve the quality of life in our community. From ensuring the water we drink is clean and the roads in which we drive and cycle are safe, to providing waste disposal and protecting our natural tree cover, Public Works staff make an important contribution to building stronger communities.

In following with this year’s theme, Creating a Lasting Impression, Richmond Hill’s NPWW events aim to illustrate how our Public Works professionals are working to build a vibrant, connected and ultimately sustainable community, now and for the future. Part of the focus will also be to share some of the Town’s ‘green’ initiatives and encourage citizens to do their part to protect the environment.

For more information, visit or call the Operations Centre at 905-884-8013.

National Public Works Week Schedule of Events
May 20 – 26, 2012
Elementary School Tours
During the week, more than 300 Grade 5 students from Richmond Hill’s public and separate school boards will tour Richmond Hill’s Municipal Operations Centre to learn about the important role that Public Works staff play in the community and the great opportunities a career in Public Works can offer. Town staff will demonstrate how watermain breaks are repaired, show students how water is supplied to their homes and explain the different types of pipes found underground. Students will also visit the Sign Shop to learn how signs are made, what types of signs the Town makes and installs, watch a demonstration of how line painting is done on the roads and more.

  • Tuesday, May 22: 9:30– 11 a.m. and 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24: 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

    York Municipalities Public Works Challenge – Wednesday, May 23 (rain or shine)

  • Municipal Challenge – 9:15 – 11:45 a.m.
    Public Works staff will compete against teams from York Region and its area municipalities in a series of contests involving snow plows, loaders and trucks to determine who has the most skilled operators. The winner will take home bragging rights and the coveted Miller Cup.

    Media Challenge – 12 noon – 12:30 p.m.
    During the 4th annual Media Challenge, members of the media are invited to show off their skills. You will compete for bragging rights and a trophy by driving a Hybrid Ford Escape through an obstacle course. Previous winners have included representatives from SNAP and Rogers TV. RSVP by noon on Tuesday, May 22 to Trudy Borsos at 905-884-8013, ext. 4414 or email to confirm attendance.

    Mayor’s Challenge – 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Mayor Dave Barrow will attempt to outmaneuver other area mayors by driving a Hybrid Ford Escape through an obstacle course to reclaim the Mayors’ trophy.

    Operations Centre Public Open House – Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The Open House will feature:

  • A charity barbecue benefitting Hospice Richmond Hill and Hill House Hospice (12 – 2 p.m.) The Healthy Yards event where residents can talk to gardening experts and bring home some free wood chips (while quantities last
  • Educational displays and information booths
  • Tours of the Operations Centre site
  • The Fuel Can Flip where residents can bring in their old empty gas can to receive a free low-emission Scepter eco-Can (while quantities last)
  • Heavy equipment vehicles that the public can climb aboard to see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat

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