On Wednesday, May 22, the Engineering, Public Works and Library departments co-hosted a well-attended, fun-filled block party with local residents and the greater community, young and old. More than 280 people gathered on D Avenue outside the library, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of breaking ground on the D Avenue Improvement Project and to celebrate National Public Works Week.
The event included fun and creative games for kids, information about how the D Avenue project improvements (street, storm and sidewalk) were built, examples of recommended stormwater plants and trees for gardeners to help attract bees, butterflies and bugs, water conservation giveaways, and free seed sampling packets.
Neighbors enjoyed ice cream sandwiches from Ruby Jewel, popcorn from Parks and Recreation, and iced-tea and lemonade from On A Whim Studios/Blue Moon Coffee. Many kids and parents loved wearing the hard hats and safety vests, and snapping a photo with a mini-excavator, watching a live sewer scope, visiting Oscar the Street Sweeper, or learning about our water treatment system with staff. Public Works also debuted their new portable water bottle filling station, made by the water crew!
Library staff blew bubbles with kids and swung hoola hoops! Kids of all ages appreciated the sidewalk chalk, corn/bag toss and a make a button station!
Guest speakers included: Katy Kerklaan – citizen information specialist, Rob Amsberry – project manager, Kent Studebaker – Lake Oswego Mayor, Erica Rooney – city engineer, and Anthony Hooper – public works director and deputy city manager.
Thank you to everyone for attending, and thank you to the greater community, for putting up with the delays and impacts of construction. By continuing to renew and invest in our essential infrastructure, we ensure you have access to clean water, protection from flooding, efficient sewers and safe roadways. This is an important part of our commitment to you and everyone who lives and works in this community!