Burlington Celebrates National Public Works Week

Burlington, Ont.— May 15, 2012 –The City of Burlington will celebrate National Public Works Week from May 20 to 26. The theme for 2012 is Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression, and was selected by the American Public Works Association. This theme aims to recognize and celebrate the thousands of North Americans who quietly serve the public every day.

“National Public Works Week recognizes the professionals and staff who build, maintain and operate the infrastructure that keeps our city running,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Our roads, sidewalks, water and wastewater services, parks, and public spaces create complete, vibrant and liveable communities. This infrastructure forms the blueprint of a community to build and grow, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Our public works professionals keep our city moving and working every single day. Public Works is not just about aesthetics; it is also about shaping the underlying physical structure of a community.”

City of Burlington staff are responsible for services that include maintenance of city parks, turf, park related facilities, recreational fields and playground structures; road system maintenance including winter control, traffic signals and streetlights; maintenance of 62 bridges, 110 culvert structures, more than 550 kilometres of mainline storm sewers, catch basins, and creeks; managing operations including the design and inspection of road reconstruction; maintaining and repairing the city’s fleet of vehicles; and Animal Control services through the Burlington Animal Shelter.

“It requires a tremendous amount of work to maintain our city’s infrastructure and Public Works Week is a great opportunity to recognize and honour the dedicated individuals who serve the Burlington community,” said Scott Stewart, general manager of community services.

To help increase awareness of public works with youth in our community, an art contest was held for students at Burlington Central School and St. John School. Children were asked to demonstrate what this year’s theme of “Create a Lasting Impression” meant to them. All submissions will be on display at City Hall during National Public Works Week.

Visit City Hall from Tuesday, May 22 to Friday, May 26, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to see displays showcasing public works including, photos and information from different city departments and the Art Contest submissions.

For more information about the City of Burlington’s engineering, roads and parks maintenance, planning and building departments, transportation services, and the Burlington Animal Shelter visit www.burlington.ca.

“The City of Burlington is here to “Create a Lasting Impression” on you and our community. Let us recognize and support all the efforts made by the city’s employees who work on a daily basis to improve and maintain the safety, effectiveness and function of our community services,” said Stewart.

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Communications Contact:                                             
Helen Walihura
Communications Advisor 
Ph: 905-335-7600, ext. 7483

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Scott Hamilton
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Ph: 905-335-7600, ext. 7812

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