PHOTOS: Kids dig in on Arapahoe County public works

Play Date event familiarizes crowds with county department

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At a local park on a spring day, some kids were planning cities.

At the second annual Arapahoe County Public Works Play Date, families got more acquainted with how public works staff contribute to their communities.

Kids got to jump in the driver’s seat of road-and-bridge trucks, learn crosswalk safety, plan an imaginary city and engage in other activities. More than 500 came to the event June 7 at Dove Valley Regional Park in the Centennial area.

“Not only the kids but the parents (are) seeing what public works does,” said Bryan Weimer, the county’s director of public works and development. The office oversees land development, transportation infrastructure and even animal control, among other duties.

“What’s important is these professionals do work day in and day out and don’t really get noticed,” Weimer said. “This allows us to share that with the public.”

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