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.
Print the registration form and return it to Community Services in the Town of Edson Office to be considered a "registered" Block Party. This will allow you to submit receipts for up to a $200 rebate and qualify for 24 FREE cupcakes for your party if you are one of the first 10 to register.
A Street Closure IS NOT NECESSARY for you to throw the coolest party on the block. You can throw one on the driveway, lawn, across the street at a local park OR plan to meet at a park in town with your neighbours. You can even have a Block Party at a community hall, like Pine Grove.
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. Most of your neighbours will be required to sign off that they agree with the street closure, and then you are good to go! Once your request has been approved, street closure signs will be made available to you for the duration of 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.
The Block Party is a Community Development initiative, connecting neighbourhoods, a partnership between the Town of Edson Community Services and FCSS, A Healthier Edson (Alberta Health Services), Victim Services, the RCMP and Citizens on Patrol.