City service department hosts its first Touch-a-Truck

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The city of Grove City’s service department hosted its first annual Touch-A-Truck event at Town Center Park on May 20. Established to bring awareness to National Public Works Week, children of all ages – and those who are still young-at-heart – got to enjoy and inspect an array of vehicles the department uses throughout the year to maintain the grounds and lands throughout the city. Here, Axel Paine, 4, is delighted to get behind the wheel of this John Deere utility vehicle. Park maintenance supervisor Joe Heiby said their gators are primarily used to carry tools and travel down narrow alleys and pathways.
Snow removal can take a lot of work, so Houston Hicks, 5, gives this plow a helping hand. City officials said these handprints will stay on the plow until “Mother Nature rubs it off.”
Erin Fitzpatrick, 2, is ready to tackle those dreaded lawn chores with the city’s first battery-operated mower.
While waiting in line to get a closer look at the interior of a backhoe, Elizabeth Robson, 2, discovers that the dimensions of the bucket can house a small human.
Despite being 10 times smaller than this tractor, Jenna Robison, 3, fearlessly climbs aboard with a little bit of help from her father, Javan.
Grove City Police Officer Joe Hughes and his sons, Drake and Bentley, check out this newly purchased ball diamond groomer.
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