Clean & Safe: Public Works Week kicks off with We Are Essential community festival May 19

May 9, 2024 8:32 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 8, 2024) – We Are Essential, a community festival centered around water conservation and zero waste and organics recycling education, kicks off National Public Works Week on May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gandara Park.

Gandara Park is located at 1819 Stewart St. in the Pico Neighborhood and is adjacent to the City Yards, the heart of operations for essential public works services.

The festival, which will feature workshops, activities and performances, is part of a two-year artist-in-residency project with artist Debra Scacco that explores themes of ecological sustainability and justice, the daily work of municipal maintenance and its connections to the community, and the labor of public works essential workers.

The free event will feature activities for the whole family, including:

Santa Monica will continue celebrating National Public Works Week through May 25, highlighting the role of public works in our daily lives and honoring the essential workers that make it all possible.

Additional Public Works Week activities include:

“The dedicated employees of our Public Works Department keep essential city services running day in and day out,” Mayor Phil Brock said. “I’m thrilled to celebrate and acknowledge our workforce and all essential workers this May and every day of the year.”

Public Works plays a major role in advancing the city’s strategic priorities of Clean & Safe and Sustainable & Connected, ensuring beautiful and safe infrastructure while also furthering the city’s work toward water self-sufficiency, zero waste and carbon neutrality as outlined in the Sustainable City Plan, which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

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