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Service Centre Open House

Boy getting face painted

 Service Centre


On Saturday, June 10, 2017, about 1,200 people came out to enjoy the 25th annual Service Centre Open House.

The open house celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Service Centre and featured fire equipment, a hydro bucket truck, backhoes and more. Kids enjoyed the petting zoo courtesy of Waterloo Park, free balloons, free popcorn and face painting. Thank you to everyone who brought their appetite - all proceeds from the charity barbecue were donated to Hospice Waterloo.

To help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, hundreds of native trees were handed out on a first-come, first-served basis to Waterloo residents. This tree giveaway was part of our living legacy tree-planting program - a program where a total of 2,017 native trees, approximately three feet in height in container pots were distributed throughout the 2017 planting season. 

Artist in Residence Barbara Hobot's project launched with a meet-the-artist and intro activity. From June to September 2017, Hobot worked with citizens of all ages and abilities on a collaborative community art initiative called Growing Together: A Neighbourhood Cookbook Project. Through storytelling and visual arts, the project recorded the unique stories, journeys, and histories we all bring to our neighbourhoods and city.

The City of Waterloo also unveiled its newest work of public art, created by local artist Sandra Dunn. Dunn's artwork, Fish Out of Water, is a whimsical cascading copper "stream" that reflects the function of the Service Centre's operations division, which is responsible for roads, water and sewers, parks and fleet operations. You can read more details in our media release

Attendees also toured the newly renovated Service Centre, the greenhouse and salt shed, and learned about some of the services we provide. Information about environmental initiatives was available at booths displayed throughout the venue.

The Service Centre Open House is a welcome tradition that city staff enjoy hosting every year, and we look forward to seeing everybody again next year. 

Photo Gallery: Photo_Gallery_Service_Centre_Open_House will appear here on the public site.