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By Lookout Staff

April 21, 2015 -- Children who love “Bob, the Builder” will enjoy getting an up-close look at the Santa Monica Public Works Department’s machinery and equipment at the annual City Yards Open House next month, officials announced.

As part of National Public Works Week celebrations happening across the country, local Public Works official will provide hands-on activities and displays at the event on Saturday, May 16, at Santa Monica City Yards, 2500 Michigan Avenue, from noon to 3 p.m.

Children can meet Curby, the recycling robot,  operate a recycling truck, paint an eco-mural with reused latex paint, learn about sustainable landscaping and the best ways to recycle at the interactive recycling trailers.

Local restaurants will provide food, and residents should bring refillable water bottles to the City’s water stations, said Public Works spokeswoman Erika Bustamante.

The event is free, and free parking and free bike valet will be available at the yards.

Public works employees across the nation will celebrate National Public Works Week during the third full week of May. The observance was created by the American Public Works Association in 1960, Bustamante said.

“The week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society  -- the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication,” she said.

Among their many duties, Santa Monica Public Works employees handle water supply production and treatment, recycling solid materials and household hazardous waste, checking plans and permits for public works projects, as well as engineering and architectural services, the City’s website says.

For more information, visit http://www.smgov.net/departments/publicworks.


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