Palo Alto's Open House Takes Community Behind the Scenes
The City of Palo Alto hosted an Open House on July 3 to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to operate a city.
Special hands-on demonstrations and displays featured booths and informative messages on the dangers of high voltage lines, what’s inside a transformer, how the City operates its own utilities, where our utilities come from, and how meters work. Other topics included facilities systems, EcoHome and efficiency programs, cybersecurity, bucket trucks and other heavy equipment operation, street cutting and paving, parks and open space care, zero waste, watershed protection, fire department services, and a historical look at the City and the founding of our municipal utilities.
Attendees enjoyed food, music, fun activities such as bean bag toilet toss, backhoe bowling, and took home fun, educational items including hula hoops made from plastic pipe fusion.