The Power of Cleveland Public Works & Safety 

In 1960, then President John F. Kennedy proclaimed National Public Works Week as an annual reminder of how public works fields are integral and necessary parts of our everyday lives. 

Today, the observance is celebrated across America, in Canada and some Caribbean islands.

A National Public Works & Safety Week Open House (NPWW) is celebrated in the city of Cleveland. Water Pollution Control Coordinates the event, and we do things a bit differently. In addition to celebrating public works professionals, we also acknowledge safety and sustainability professions. In many cases we all work together to ensure the city delivers quality services, protects the health and safety of residents, and maintains our community’s valuable infrastructure and natural resources now and for the future.

We also celebrate NPWW by inviting upwards of 2,000 Cleveland elementary school students to our open house the third week in May for a fun-filled educational experience. Our goal is to enlighten, educate and empower Cleveland students to make a positive and impactful difference in our community.


About Our Open House

Every year the City of Cleveland showcases its public works, safety and sustainability professionals and the many different career opportunities available with the City. Thousands of students, kindergarten to sixth grade, from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, private and charter schools come face-to-face with the people and equipment essential to protecting the health and safety of Cleveland residents and visitors to this wonderful green city on a blue lake.

The students get a chance to discover and explore possible future careers and learn more about public works, safety and environmental sustainability through exhibits and demonstrations that are captivating, fun and educational. They learn how they too can make a difference.

We are able to have clean drinking water and streams, sanitation, safe streets and neighborhood sustainability programs, efficient emergency response teams, and much more because of Public Works, Safety, and Sustainability professionals.

When you see a street sweeper, a sewer or waterline maintenance crew, a garbage or salt truck, police and fire, or residents being taught to install a rain barrel or rain garden, remember all the work being done (seen and unseen) is to serve the entire Cleveland community and visitors.



Event Requirements


Participating schools must be located within the city of Cleveland, Ohio.


Schools must register students by classrooms and assigned teachers.*


Schools can be public, private or charter.


Schools must provide their own transportation and chaperones.


*Whole school registration, without specifying separation by classrooms, is not be accepted.


Solar car demo
Solar Car Demonstration
Jetvac Demo
Tremont Students with rain barrel
Tremont Students with Rain Barrel
Child with Fire Hat
Child with Fire Hat
Child with Monty Tatoo
Child with Monty Tatoo
JetVac Demo
Kids Walking During NPWW
Kids Walking During NPWW
Sewer Simulator
Sewer Simulator
Traffic Sign
Traffic Sign
Camera Truck Demo
Camera Truck Demo
NPWW Photos - Follow Me Sign
Follow Me Sign

Frequently Asked Questions

It sure is free!

This year’s Open House is Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cleveland Water Pollution Control, located at 12302 Kirby Avenue in Cleveland.

Your students will see equipment and vehicles, demonstrations, receive giveaways, play games for prizes, talk with public works and safety professional, and much more.

You are welcome to bring your entire school, but classrooms/teachers must register individually.

Each teacher is responsible for their students. We suggest enlisting the help of parents and guardians because there is a lot to see and do.

Students may bring their own lunch. In most cases your schools cafeteria staff will prepare bag lunches, provided they receive adequate notice.

No. Most classes stay two to three hours



School Participation Form

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Use one form per classroom/ teacher. Please do NOT combine multiple classrooms on one form.
We will be attending your open house:

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A Full Tour of Public Works and Safety Exhibits Takes About Two (2) Hours.

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Phone Number
School Address
Students bringing lunches

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If bringing lunches, place all lunches in boxes labeled with the name of the school and teacher and the number of lunches each box contains.

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Please have each child/adult wear an ID tag with their name and school name. Adults also must have state-issued photo identification to be admitted.
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