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Bring the kids to the Public Works Open House on May 14

May 9, 2016 -

Check out the view from the driver's seat of a snow plow, street sweeper or fire truck during the free Public Works Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the public works yard at Railway and Division Streets (enter off Railway Street). 

"Public works crews maintain our roads, sidewalks, parks and green spaces," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Everyone loves this annual open house because it offers an opportunity to get an up-close look at the special vehicles used by the City and to meet the people who make Kingston work."

The open house marks National Public Works Week and celebrates the contributions of City workers, including snow plow drivers, street sweepers and firefighters. Learn about public works services (roads, parks, horticulture, engineering, forestry and solid waste), Utilities Kingston, Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue.

Get a free tree and become a Climate Activist

Pick up one of 225 free white pine seedlings at the City's Public Works Open House. They are being given away to promote climate action.  A climate action is any action that helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Trees work hard to protect the climate – so planting a tree is a climate action.

The community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 352,500 tonnes by 2020 (based on 2011 projections).

Find other climate actions you can take at www.CityofKingston.ca/ClimateAction.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

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Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.