Kids get to touch a truck during Public Works Week event in Edmonds

Bryan Clemens shows attendees how the city’s man lift machine works.
Ryan Hill of the Street and Storm Department explains how a street sweeper works.

The Edmonds Public Works Department hosted a Touch a Truck event Friday morning. Children of all ages were invited to come view and sit in a number of the city’s work vehicles, ranging from street cleaners to tractors. City employees were also on hand, engaging with attendees and showing them the inner workings of their vehicles. 

The event was held during National Public Works Week, which is May 19-25.

Byran Clemens, the storm lead at the City of Edmonds, believes this event brings benefits to both the community and the city. 

The Merback family sits on the bucket of a bulldozer.
Raymond Ball gets his turn behind the wheel.

“I think this is good for the city because it gets the kids out, the community out,” he said. “It’s a free event, right now that’s huge. Everything costs money and this is something you can get out of the house and check stuff out, stuff that you don’t normally get to see” Clemens said. 

Maria Morioarty  brought her son to see the trucks. 

Jack Moriarty poses for a picture in one of the city’s trucks.

“He’s obsessed with cars and having actual trucks around is just heaven for him,” she said. 

In his 15 years working for the city, Clemens said that Edmonds has hosted only two Touch a Truck events –– the last one eight years ago. He hopes with the turnout this year, the public works event will become an annual tradition. 

— Story and photos by Logan Bury

  1. The Public Works team would like to thank the community for coming out on what turned out to be a rainy day but that didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the kids or the crew. We had a great time showing off your equipment and interacting with the kids. Thanks to Mayor Rosen for showing his support for the event and our crew!

    1. Tod Moles and his crew have been doing great work for years. They deserve to be recognized for excellent service to residents.

  2. Love the precious faces and that the “crew” were able to do this but I question WHY during school hours ??
    SO many more children would have enjoyed this unique opportunity……

    1. This event WAS held on Friday when ESD Had no school so that all could attend Great gob Edmonds P/W’s for this event

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