A block party gives you and your neighbours the opportunity to socialize and have fun together. Block parties help promote a stronger sense of community, enhance safety within the neighbourhood, and celebrate the reasons why people call Edson home.
Why Should You Have a Block Party?
To have fun!
To meet your neighbours. When you know who lives in your neighbourhood, you are more likely to identify strangers or suspicious people.
To make connections within the community. When you know people, you can exchange skills or resources and perhaps organize a book club, baby-sitting co-op, share walking to school duties, or find new friends for your children.
To learn a little about each other and who might need a little extra help from time to time.
To have a neighbourhood clean-up day, play some music and barbeque once all the work is done.
And to start a neighbourhood tradition of getting together at least once a year.
Register your Block Party:
Print the registration form and return it to Community Services in the Town of Edson Office.
If you are planning to host your party on the street, you will need permission from the Town of Edson. Complete the “Permission to Block the Street” Form. Written permission from at least 75% of the affected residents is needed to obtain permission to block the street. Once your request has been approved, you are able to borrow signs to block the street during your block party.
A maximum rebate of $200.00 is available from the Town of Edson, Community Services Department towards eligible expenses for a registered Block Party. Eligible expenses shall include, but are not limited to, food, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. It is at the discretion of the Director of Community Services (or his/her designate) which expenses shall be deemed eligible. A maximum of five registered block parties per year may receive the rebate.
You can borrow (first come, first serve basis) recreation grab-bags filled with a variety of games and equipment for your block party.
What Kinds of Block Parties are There?
Classic Barbecue: Depending on your neighbourhood preference, the organizing committee can collect money and purchase all food items for the event OR everyone brings his or her own items to BBQ.
Community Potluck: Everyone brings one dish to share. A popular idea is to have even numbered houses bring dessert and odd numbered houses bring salad or main dish.
Picnic: Everyone brings their own meal and so you get to visit freely.
Catered: Everyone shares the cost and the food is purchased. Decide if it will be coordinated or if everyone will bring their own tables and chairs, plates, cutlery and cups, and beverages.
Porch Music Fest: Have a neighbourhood concert where those who want can perform on their porches or lawns and the other neighbours can visit and listen to all the different music!
Dancing in the street: With a road closure all you need for this is a playlist with some music and a speaker then the evening is yours to dance away and have a blast!
Neighbourhood Movie Night: Use a projector to project on to your house (you can put a sheet on the wall to better see the picture) and have your neighbours come over with their lawn chairs and watch a movie together!
Games Night on the Lawn: There are lots of different lawn games that are fun and easy to set up. Some examples are lawn twister, ring toss, frisbee tic tac toe... the ideas are abundant so have fun looking for activities that you'll enjoy as much as the kids will!
Don't Forget the Invitation!
There are lots of fun and simple ways to get the word out about you party!
This is only one type of invitation idea there are many others you can choose from online at different sites like ex. Pinterest
So have fun and get creative!
Community Block Party, a Neighbourhood Development initiative, is a partnership between the Town of Edson, Victim Services, RCMP and Citizens On Patrol