The City of Regina opened the gates to residents on Thursday to offer a deeper understanding of how it operates and runs.
A “Public Works Day” was held to help introduce and educate people on a variety of city operations, from things like snow clearing to road building. Transit buses, snowplows and other city machinery were on all display for tours. Information booths were set up and employees from different departments were there to answer questions as well.
There were plenty of questions from the dozens of school children who took in the event, like eight-year-old Rebecca Gelowitz.
“We’re learning how to build a road and what to recycle and what not to recycle,” she said.
Seven-year-old Paiton Dureau was there too.
“I learned to pick up stuff when someone drops it and when there’s a mess you clean it up,” she explained.
Of course one of the main attractions for her was the big red fire truck.
“I got to honk the horn three times and I got to try the wheel.”
Firefighter Brett Talaga said the truck is always a popular destination for the kids.
“I think kids look up to us a little bit. They think what we do is pretty cool, we get to see some exciting things,” he reasoned as to why children are drawn to the fire truck.
He said a day like this is a chance to appease curious minds.
“I think it’s just to show the community what kind of things we do and provide the city with. It just gives everyone an opportunity to see what we can provide and how we do our jobs.”