Planning a Neighborhood Block Party
A neighbourhood block party is the opportunity for neighbours to get together, meet each other, have fun and work together on a common activity.
TOP 8 REASONS TO HAVE A BLOCK PARTY
- The number one reason is to get to know your neighbours better!
- Have fun of course! No excuses or reasons are needed to have a party
- Increase the sense of belonging to a community
- Make new friendships
- Encourage pride in your neighbourhood
- Meet some of the long-time neighbours and learn about your community history
- Celebrate a special occasion such as Canada Day
- Experience “Small Town Living at Its Best”
- Complete a Recreation and Parks Department Neighbourhood Block Party Street Closure Request form
- Fun Tips and Ideas to host a Neighbourhood Block/Street Party
- Get Started by reviewing the Neighbourhood Block Party Checklist!
Ideas to Get Started
- The idea of a neighbourhood block party is to bring neighbours together. It is a good idea to find 2 or 3 neighbours to help you plan and organize the event
- Be inclusive when inviting people to join your organizing group
- Deliver a flyer to the neighbourhood explaining what a Neighbourhood Block Party is and invite them to a meeting to start planning for the event
- It is important to include as many people as possible in the decisions about the event such as date and time of the event, size of the event, theme, activity suggestions, potential road closure, and options on food, it promotes buy-in and support
- Assign tasks to as many of your neighbours as possible. Possible tasks include: creating a promotional flyer, delivering the flyer, personally speaking to new residents, investigating a street closure permit and securing one if required, determining activities, organizing the food, getting the name stickers and/or setting up games for all age groups
Which type of Neighbourhood Block Party will work best in your neighbourhood? Listed below are some examples:
- Barbecue — organizers purchase all of the supplies and neighbours donate money
- Picnics — everyone brings their own meal
- Potluck — everyone brings one dish
- Catered — everyone shares the cost and the food is purchased. Perhaps a Meet and Greet afternoon social
- Holiday Celebration, e.g. Canada Day celebrations
- Hopscotch tournament
- Road Hockey tournament
- Book exchange
- Frisbee, soccer, baseball or football game
- Street or park cleanup
- Tree or flower planting (Town approval required on Town property)
- Fun fair
- Movie night
- Nature walk/hike
- Charity yard sale and barbecue
- Plant exchange
- Neighbourhood art project
- Capitalize on things already happening in the community. For example, a free swim at a community pool and have a get-together after the swim
- A Dog's Breakfast: send invitations to all the local dogs and their owners. Breakfast is held in the driveway with cinnamon buns for the owners and biscuits for the dogs
Try not to go overboard; it can make people feel the event is too much work.
Keep it simple!
Things to Keep in Mind
- Adjustments may need to be made if a neighbour already has an event of their own planned
- Have an alternate rainout day planned
- Keep in mind who lives in the neighbourhood when selecting the hours for the party. If young children or seniors are living near the party area plan to finish by early evening
- The Town’s Noise By-Law prohibits live entertainment or using amplified sound after 11 p.m.
- Neighbours should observe security precautions by keeping back doors locked and equipment in sight
Some Details to Consider
- Set up a sign-in book and collect emails to develop a contact list for the neighbourhood
- Name tags are important. Decide what you want neighbours to write on their name tags (e.g. first and last names, house numbers, years living on the street).
- Line-up tables for the food
- Place garbage cans, recycling boxes and GreenCarts close to the food tables and eating areas
- Decide whether you will coordinate or everyone will bring their own tables, chairs, plates, cutlery, cups and beverages. If people are bringing chairs, etc. be sure to have them affix their name to the furniture
- If using barbecues, who will bring them?
- Institute a bathroom policy “everyone to use his or her own”, so that home security is maintained
- Decide if pets are allowed
- Be ready to oversee the clean-up after the event
- You may wish to do an evaluation at the end of the event to collect any new ideas
WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
If you would like further information on the Public Event Process or would like copies of the Public Events Manual and the Public Events Application Form please contact:
Community Development Coordinator
Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
Email: Erin Burger
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2273