2019 No Frills Block Parties
Host a Block Party for Your Neighbours
Block parties are a great way to bring people who live close to each other together. Block parties build community and helps to build a strong sense of belonging. People who know each other, look out for each other. The benefits of knowing who lives next door are tremendous, and hosting a block party is a fun way to get everyone together.
Location, Location, Location
There are a variety of locations you can host a block party, all you have to do is find out which one will be best for your block.
Your Street/Block – A street closure and barricades are required. This is great for getting the whole block together.
Your Lawn/Backyard – Some blocks are smaller and a lawn/backyard can be the perfect place to host.
Your Alley – Because the people behind you are your neighbours as well.
A City Park – Free to use, spacious and has playgrounds, great for young families. However, please call 306-445-1755 so extra trash bins are available. Bring a BBQ, no portable fire pits permitted.
Don Ross Community Centre – Weatherproof, great for parties of any sizes and features a kitchen. Booking a facility can be done in person at the Don Ross Centre, by phone at 306-445-1755 or 306-445-1790.
Credit Union CUplex – Booking a facility can be done in person at the Don Ross Centre, by phone at 306-445-1755 or 306-445-1790, block parties at the CUplex are ineligible for the 200-dollar food voucher.
There are many activities that can make your block party fun, unique and memorable.
Live music –have a local band show off their talents.
Paint a street mural – they are great in calming traffic, encouraging drivers to slow down.
Plant gardens – an alley party could have everyone plant something in their alley and get together again after harvest for a potluck.
Games – from bean bag toss to trivia, games are fun for everyone.
Art alley – beautify your back alley with a neighbourhood art alley project.
Invite the Fire Department – when has your fire extinguisher last been checked? Or organize home fire safety checks.
CUplex fun – bubble soccer, swimming, turf time, sports and bouncy houses (additional cost for some items).
Cleaning party – beautify your neighbourhood with everyone lending a hand.
Food is a great way to bring people together, it could be a fun way to get to know someone culturally as well. There are many options for feeding a block party.
The host provides the BBQ and guests bring their own meat.
Organizers purchase all that is needed and neighbours provide some money.
Grill stations, certain foods cooked on specific grills.
Picnic – everyone brings their own meal.
Potluck – everyone brings one dish to share with everyone. This is a great way to share your cultural foods with the neighbourhood.
Catered – everyone pitches in on the cost and the meal is purchased.
Cook-off – organizers pick a theme for the friendly competition and everyone cooks their favourite dish.
Backyard Campfire – have neighbours over to roast some hot dogs and marshmallows, if you have an approved fire pit.
Safety & Security
Getting to know your neighbours can significantly increase safety and security in your neighbourhood. When you know your neighbours, it is:
- Easier to spot unusual activity in your neighbourhood
- More likely that your neighbours will tell you about something unusual happening around your home
In an emergency situation, your neighbours:
- Might be the ones to pass on important information
- Are likely to look out for you and your unique needs
Knowing your neighbours can be beneficial for daily tasks as well. Need to climb up a ladder to wash your windows? Ask a neighbour to hold the ladder and increase your personal safety.
Save Time & Money
Get to know your neighbours & save money!
When you get to know your neighbours, you get to know what they are good at and what they need help with. Discover how you can share or pool your resources.
- Share tools rather than buy new tools you will rarely use
- You mow their lawn, they help you harvest your vegetable garden
- Carpool to work
- Bulk buy groceries
- Swap clothes or children’s toys
- Create a baby/pet/house-sitting co-op
- Block Party Planning Guide
- Block Party Application