May 24, 2006

York Region to host free open houses in celebration of National Public Works Week

Take a Scoop out of Hunger with snow plow food donation challenge
NEWMARKET – In celebration of National Public Works Week – May 21st to 27th – York Region’s Transportation and Works department is hosting three free open houses for the public to learn about the various jobs and duties performed by the Region’s public works professionals.  Themes of the open houses include public transit, waste management, roads transportation and water and wastewater services.
The open houses will take place on Saturday, May 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with each site collecting non-perishable foods in a snow plow as part of the Take a Scoop out of Hunger donation for a local food bank.  Each site will feature a number of transportation and works vehicles, tours, activities, light refreshments and giveaways.
Open House #1: YRT/Viva Rapid Transit depot, 18106 Yonge Street, Newmarket (south of Green Lane)
• Find out what a transit hub is and what it does
• Bus ride through a custom car wash every half hour
• Sit in the driver's seat, have your picture taken and check out our new YRT and Viva vehicles
• Displays and giveaways
Open House #2: Waste Management Centre, 100 Garfield Wright Boulevard, East Gwillimbury
                            (Woodbine Avenue and Davis Drive area)
• Tours of the Waste Management Centre each hour *
• Viewing of new Waste Management Centre video continuously throughout the day
• Craft corner for kids
• Waste Management display with brochures
• Contest submissions from our Grade 5 recyclable sculpture challenge
• Hop inside a garbage truck, recycling truck and front-end loader and ask questions to our operators
• Trailer to collect reusable household goods from residents
*Please note that for safety reasons, strollers will not be permitted, children must be accompanied by an adult and no open-toed shoes will be permitted on the tour.
Open House #3: Operations Centre, 90 Bales Drive East, East Gwillimbury
    (Woodbine Avenue and Davis Drive area)
• Hourly tours of the fleet maintenance garage
• Hourly traffic control signal demonstrations
• Kids can build their own sign in the Region’s Sign Shop
• Displays - Greening/Forestry, traffic safety, Water for Tomorrow, landscape audit information
• Explore Regional Road Maintenance vehicles including a water and wastewater management truck
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York or the National Public Works Week open houses, please visit
Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or After-hours Pager 905-830-3302

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