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June 15, 2012 > City of Union City celebrates National Public Works Week

City of Union City celebrates National Public Works Week

Submitted By Rhea Serran

The City of Union City was out in the community to celebrate National Public Works Week (May 20-26) to showcase the never-ending effort of public works professionals to use sustainable solutions to bring the community the highest possible quality of life within a framework of environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

Since 1960, National Public Works Week is celebrated across the nation, to energize and educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.

Staff from the City of Union City, Public Works Department was at Alvarado Elementary School in Union City on Thursday, May 24 and visited with all K-5th grade students, teaching them how Public Works improves the quality of life in Union City. Large equipment from Street Sweepers to a Union City Transit Bus were on display where the children were able to ask questions, see the equipment and tools being demonstrated, and meet City Public Works staff. They had a wonderful time and the children asked a lot of thoughtful questions about trees, storm water, graffiti, Union City Transit and clean water programs.

Did you know?
-The City of Union City's Willow Park has the highest point rating for any Bay Friendly park in the Bay Area. The design has both active and passive recreation with lawns, trees and planting beds, BBQ's, play structure, composting bin, benches and tables.

-The City of Union City, Public Works, has an aggressive roadway pavement maintenance program which consists of yearly projects for pavement overlays and slurry sealing the local streets. The City of Union City has one of the highest pavement index (an indication of the conditions of a City's street pavement) in the Bay Area.

-The City acquired the large contaminated PG&E pipe yard and Pacific States Steel Corporation parcels located just east of BART station and cleaned them to enable Transit Oriented Development. This project, the Station District, will transform former industrial acreage into a vibrant, integrated neighborhood that will enable residents to live, work and play.

-Every Union City public street is swept twice a month. The Streets Division of the Public Works Department maintains 243 curb miles of City roadways.

-Operating seven days a week, wheelchair friendly, Union City Transit offers both fixed-route bus and paratransit services - over half a million service miles a year.

Learn more about the City of Union City, Public Works Department at www.unioncity.org.

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