| 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
- 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