For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, Public Information Officer, City of Berkeley, (510) 981-7008

BERKELEY PUBLIC WORKS WEEK: MAY 20-26
Public invited to Corp Yard to see behind the scenes

Berkeley, California (Monday, May 21, 2012) - Public Works Week was instituted more than 50 years ago to highlight the importance of public works in community life. The City of Berkeley is celebrating Public Works Week this week (May 20 - 26) with an exhibition of photographs that celebrates the legacy of its employees and with an all-day open house at the Corp Yard, where the public can meet staff and get an up-close look at Public Works equipment.

Photo Exhibits: The photo exhibits juxtapose historical and contemporary images as a “then and now” look at the people and projects that create the infrastructure and services that help shape Berkeley. The historical photos appear courtesy of the Berkeley Historical Society. The modern photos were provided by Public Works.

1947 Center Street Lobby show: May 18 – June 14, 2012
2180 Milvia Lobby show: May 21 – May 25, 2012

Corporation Yard Open House: On May 24, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the public is invited to join the Public Works Department for an Open House at the Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way. There will be a tour of the historic Ratcliff Building, as well as an opportunity to view equipment used by Public Works staff. Other Departments providing exhibits and participating in the Open House are Police, Fire and Parks Recreation & Waterfront.

For more information, contact: John Aronivici, Berkeley Historical Society (johnturtle@aol.com); Rinna B. Flohr, Curator for City of Berkeley and Director of Expressions Gallery, (expressionsgallery@msn.com).

PW Electrical Historic Photo PW Engineering Historic PW Harbor Historic PW Streets Historic PW Traffic Historic 

(Photos are from the 1930s and 1950s, and use the Public Works division names for that time. From left to right: Electrical, Engineering, Harbor, Streets and Sanitation, and Traffic.)

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