Norman to celebrate the field of Public Works with activities and events during May

Norman Public Works Weeks is set to kick off May 9, 2023, with a proclamation of acknowledgement from Mayor Larry Heikkila recognizing Public Works weeks during May. The local celebration precedes American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Week beginning May 21; planned activities highlighting the importance of this field will center on education, volunteering, and recognition.




  • Internal events will take place this week with American Public Works Association’s Past President Mr. Stan Brown speaking with employees about the achieved process to become an  APWA Accredited Agency during an employee banquet on Wednesday. Employees who have shown core values of Norman will also be acknowledged and recognized with awards during the event. Public Works staff will be at Prairie Creek Park, 2025 Pendleton Drive, collecting trash and performing maintenance on the pollinator garden on Friday. Staff will weed, plant, and mulch the rain garden and clean up the park as a way to give back to the community.


  • Community members are invited to join in on the fun beginning May 15 with a citywide coloring contest. Coloring sheets will be available at the front desk of the Development Center, 225 N. Webster. They can also be accessed and printed from the City of Norman website. All are welcome to participate. Sheets should be turned in by May 18, 2023, by submission to or in-person back to the front desk of the Development Center. Prizes will be given to the top five coloring sheets, with first place receiving a $50 Amazon Gift Card.


  • Trivia Tuesday “Public Works Edition” will be shared online for community members on May 16. Visit the City’s social channels to view or play along.


  • Join Public Works staff on May 17 at Andrew’s Park, 201 W. Daws, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for #MadeYouLook selfies with the Stormwater Camera Van. Learn about ways to protect the environment and then take a selfie to post online for a chance to win prizes.


  • Eisenhower Elementary students will be visited by Public Works staff on May 18 where they will get a look and feel at tools and equipment, and learn about all the ways Public Works connects the community. Events wrap up the next day when the coloring contest winner will be announced at and prizes will be awarded.


ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works Department is organized into the Administrative level to include the Director of Public Works and a Management Analyst and 6 functional divisions: Engineering, Fleet, Streets, Stormwater Quality & Maintenance, Traffic Control and Transit & Parking. The Department delivers transportation, stormwater management, flood control and subdivision development services through development facilitation, construction, rehabilitation and the operation and maintenance of critical public infrastructure. It also supports every municipal department through specification development, acquisition assistance and maintenance of the City vehicle and equipment fleet.