This year marks the 30th anniversary for Eugene's Public Works Day. The annual event will be held on May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour the Roosevelt Yard and get a glimpse into many of the department's broad services. From bicycle safety to peering into a sewer, people can learn how staff constantly work to make lives better.
"It's amazing to think how many minds we've impacted over the years," said Kim Mast, Public Works Day coordinator. "Some of the people who used to come to Public Works Day as children actually work here now."
While many of the traditional favorites will return, staff were able to secure a new attraction that's sure to spark imaginations. In coordination with MacGillivray Freeman Films, the movie Dream Big will be shown at Public Works Day. The movie is meant to bring engineering into the forefront of our culture and it offers a vivid glimpse into engineering marvels around the world.
The movie will be shown in honor of the late Kurt Corey. He died in the fall of 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Kurt served as the Public Works Director for more than 16 years. He encouraged folks to pursue education and careers in public works professions.
There will be onsite parking for those who drive to the Roosevelt Yard. Lane Transit District will also run a shuttle service from its downtown station to and from the Yard every half hour.
The Roosevelt Yard is located at 1820 Roosevelt Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.