Community Involvement

Public Works Open House

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane

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The Public Works Open House offers a hands-on experience that includes plenty to do
for all ages. 

This interactive event is an opportunity for the Engineering and Public Works department to publicly acknowledge our operations staff who provide a variety of services, especially maintaining our infrastructure. Likewise, City staff are able to showcase the work that is done on a daily basis to ensure the safety and health of the community. This exciting event draws attention to the importance of public works in community life and celebrates National Public Works Week on May 21-27, 2017, recognizing the men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure services known as public works.

“Our event is committed to fostering positive environmental, social and economic impacts for current and future generations within the local community.”

At this fun-filled event, you can participate in activities and visit booths about Water Services, Sewerage and Drainage, Engineering, Survey and Inspections, Roads and Construction Services, Environmental Programs, Sustainability, Parks Operations, Community Services, Bylaws, and Emergency Services.  You will have the opportunity to meet the people who keep Richmond one of Canada’s safest and most livable communities.

During this fun-filled day, you will enjoy:

  • Real-sized heavy equipment such as: dump trucks, graders, excavators
  • Lafarge Kid-Crete hands-on cement display
  • Canada 150 exhibits and celebrations
  • Wide variety of giveaways and brochures from the 50+ booths 
  • Free topsoil
  • Free food coupon (kids aged 8 and under) and enter to win a grand prize by completing their Kids Passport – pick up your copy at the Greeting Station
  • Lunch and snacks for purchase from one of the 11 food trucks  
  • Hay ride tour of the Works Yard
  • CUPE 394 Classic Car Show
  • Live music and entertainment 
  • Richmond Fire Rescue obstacle course
  • Woodworking crafts, kids play area and games

Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I park?
Limited parking will be available at the Works Yard. Overflow parking is available at the Austria Vancouver Club (5851 Westminster Hwy), Blair Elementary School (6551 Lynas Lane) and Burnett Secondary School (5011 Granville Ave). From these locations, it’s a short walk to the Works Yard. 

Which food trucks will be in attendance?

  • Arturo’s Mexico to Go
  • D Original Sausage Haus
  • Taste' Grindz
  • Tatsu Foods
  • Martha’s Kettle Corn
  • Melt Town Grilled Cheese
  • Lemon Heaven
  • TL Mini Donuts Truck
  • Porky's Food Truck
  • Reel Mac & Cheese
  • B&B Crepes

Will there be bike racks?
Yes, Wheel Watch is a free service that allows you to park your bike in a secured area. The process is similar to that of a coat check.

Is this an accessible event?
Yes, there will be wheelchair access.

Is there a map?
Yes, click on the link for a Public Works Open House event map. 

Which bus should I take?
The 401 stops at the Lynas Lane and Westminster intersection. From there, it’s a two minute walk to the Works Yard.  

Should I bring my own water bottle?
Absolutely! We will have portable drinking fountains throughout the Works Yard for you to enjoy fresh, high-quality tap water.

Will there be washrooms?
Yes, there will be portable washrooms at various locations around the Works Yard. 

Will there be change tables?
Yes, in the family washrooms near the food court.

Will there be free top soil?  
Yes, there will be a limited amount of top soil available. 

Will there be an ATM?
Yes, an ATM will be onsite. 

Is this event outdoors?
Yes, this event is outdoors however the booths will be under tents and the food court area will be covered. 

What should I bring with me?
If you wish, bring a reusable bag for your collectibles and reusable water bottle. Also, wear comfortable shoes. 

Will the food trucks be using Styrofoam?
No, the food trucks will be adhering to the City’s Sustainable Events Program and using compostable dishes and cutlery. 

Will there be entertainment?
Yes!  We're excited to have three bands performing - Dirty Mike and the Boys, Colin Bullock, and Big Head Project.

A special thanks to Long & McQuade for lending musical equipment to us for this event!

Tell me more about the classic car show.
The classic car show and shine is presented by CUPE 394 and will take place in Dover Park (across the street from the Works Yard).  No registration is required.  Please arrive between 9:00-10:00 a.m. if you would like to show your car.

Will there be tulip bulbs for sale?
No, unfortunately due to the late spring the tulip bulbs won't be available by May 13.

If you have any questions, please contact us at pwopenhouse@richmond.ca.