How do you plan a Block Party?

Check out our six step instructions for planning a basic block party in Maple Ridge:

  1. Pick a location. Block Parties can take place in a variety of locations. Where you decide to hold your Block Party will determine some of the steps that you need to go through.
  2. Pick a Time and Date. Pick a time and date that will allow the most people to attend. Give yourself enough time to organize and advertise your event. If you are hosting it in a park, get confirmation from the City before advertising your event.
  3. Get a Team: Get help from friends and neighbours to make the block party happen. If people have specific tasks such as planning a game to play, taking care of food, or dropping off invitations to neighbours, it makes it much easier. Don't forget to ask people to help with set up and clean up.
  4. Plan Event Activities: All sorts of things can happen at a block party! Ideas include: Casual meeting of neighbours, Lawn games such as bocce or croquetSidewalk art projects such as chalk artPotluck foodMusic"Get to know you" games and much more.
  5. Invite Your Neighbours: Make a flyer or invitation to send around to your neighbours to let them know about the event. It is also helpful to send out reminders closer to the date.
  6. Get some support: The City of Maple Ridge can offer some support that may help your Block Party be successful. Apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant to help cover the costs for food, insurance costs, and other expenses. Your block party may be eligible for up to $500 in funding.

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1. How do you plan a Block Party?
2. Where can block parties take place?
3. How do I request the the use of city streets for a Block Party?
4. What funding is available to support Block Parties?
5. What requirements are there when serving food at a Block Party?
6. What rules and regulations effect block parties?
7. How do I request the Fire Department to attend my Block Party?