Editors’ pick: 10 cool National Public Works Week ideas
1 ) Plant some flowers. Using a Greek proverb – “a community grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they’ll never sit in” – to market the event, Waynesboro, Va., invited residents to discover community assets by planting wildflowers on the city’s capped landfill. -- From Todd Wood, P.E., Via the PW LinkedIn group
2) Host a spring cleaning. Arapahoe County, Colo., collected six dumpsters of tree limbs and unused outdoor items like lawn furniture, for free, from residents.
3) Partner up. Kittery, York, Eliot, Wells, Berwick, and South Berwick, Maine, entertain kids with a snowplow rodeo and tell parents what’s being done to improve the communities.
4) Make a movie. A snowplow driver, water laboratory analyst, pothole patcher, stormwater engineer, and park keeper explain what they do to maintain quality of life for residents of Bloomington, Minn.
5) Hold a coloring contest. Younger residents have fun learning the basics of public works. Grain Valley, Mo., even published the winners in a local newspaper.
6) Honor employees. Workers in Vallejo, Calif., will be honored with a luncheon and teams will be acknowledged for their work.
7) Exhibit at a farmers market. The City of Kirkland, Wash., has taken as many as three booths: one with hard hats, coloring books, and toys; one with brochures and other general information; and one with flower pots for shoppers to paint.
8) Have a “roadeo.” Let residents watch employees show off their skills excavating, backing dump trucks, and maneuvering mowers.
9) Let them “touch the truck.” The City of Johns Creek, Ga., employees show how equipment is used for road improvements and traffic operations works.
10) Sustainamania. The City of Bothell, Wash., offered a LEED building tour, an “adopt a native plant” event (with free bags of compost), and talks with experts.