aGood Ideas Block Party

                      Good Ideas for a Block Party

  • Invite a city council member, school principal, or city staff member.
  • Call the Police Department, Fire Department, Environmental Services
    or other city departments to obtain literature, give-aways, or to
    request a presentation.
  • Make sure you have a record of everyone who attends and everyone
    you contacted; after all, the idea of a block party is to connect
  • Identify special talents your neighbors might have – you may be living
    next to a magician, singer, dancer, artist, radio host or prize winning
  • Plan lots of activities for children.
  • Have an environmentally friendly party. Ask everyone to bring their
    own reusable plates, cups and cutlery to limit paper garbage and litter.
  • Include activities that encourage people to meet each other. Use
    name tags and include children by asking them to create the tags.
  • Make sure that people with disabilities can participate in the
    activities and include their attendants (those with seeing eye dogs or
    in wheelchairs)
  • Institute a bathroom policy “Everyone to use their own” so that home
    security is maintained.
  • Inspire clean up after every party by rewarding children with a prize
    for packing up garbage.
  • Have a block/street clean up as part of the party. Also, neighbors
    may want to contribute towards the cost of a truckload to the dump
    and use this to clean out gardens, garbage or alleys.
  • Distribute an evaluation form to participants (to get a good response,
    number the forms and have door prizes for returned entries