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Residents invited to celebrate public works with contests

City launches virtual celebrations for National Public Works Week.
Boulevard Lake Dam
The Boulevard Lake Dam. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay residents of all ages are being invited to celebrate public works with a pair of online contests. The city hopes the initiative, in recognition of National Public Works Week, will foster a greater appreciation for public infrastructure and the work behind it.

One contest invites residents to post photos highlighting public works in Thunder Bay. That includes a wide range of examples from roads and bridges, street lighting, and water infrastructure to park operations and transit services, the city said.

A second contest is geared to children under the age of 12, encouraging them to draw a picture of something related to public works, or a thank you message to public works professionals.

To enter the contests, post a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #TBayPublicWorks. Prizes will be given out by random draw and winners will be contacted via social media.

The city’s annual open house to celebrate the week has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Infrastructure & operations manager Kerri Marshall said the city was holding virtual celebrations – which will also involve social media postings throughout the week – to recognize the ongoing work of professionals in the field.

“Public works professionals continue to work on the front line and behind the scenes to provide essential services for the residents of Thunder Bay,” she said. “It’s important to educate residents about public works and recognize the work these professionals do.”

National Public Works Week runs from May 17 to 23. Residents can learn more at the city's Facebook page.