Love Where You Live – Port Coquitlam Block Parties Return to City Neighbourhoods
Port Coquitlam, B.C. – June 1, 2022… Love where you live? Host a block party for your neighbourhood. As we look to reconnect and gather together again, the Port Coquitlam Block Party is back.
A block party is simply a group of neighbours working together to organize a gathering in their neighbourhood. There are many locations a block party can take place in, such as common spaces in townhouse complexes, on a street or back alley, backyard, a city park or in front of an apartment building. With spring weather finally arriving and summer just around the corner, the longer evenings provide the perfect opportunity to get outside and meet your neighbours.
“Port Coquitlam is well known for our community spirit and block parties can really help to contribute to that,” Mayor Brad West said. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for people to get outdoors, have some fun and encourage positive relationships between neighbours. Neighbours that know each other look out for each other.”
To host a block party, residents must complete an application form online at portcoquitlam.ca/blockparty. The first 20 block party events approved will receive a $150 Freshmart gift certificate to help towards the cost of food and party supplies, along with a City branded BBQ apron. Block Party formats are chosen by residents and can range from gatherings such as a BBQ picnic, potluck or at one of the many City parks that also offers an opportunity to enjoy a beverage outdoors and can be held throughout the summer, afternoon or evening.
The Block Party application includes the option to request a visit from the Port Coquitlam Fire Department through the Hot Summer Nights program, giving participants an opportunity to check out a fire truck and learn about home fire safety. Block Party organizers can also request to have a local street or cul-de-sac closed off, with free barriers provided. Dynamic Equipment will be sponsoring barricades for block party events.
“It’s a nice way for everyone to meet up with everyone in their neighbourhood,” said Cllr. Nancy McCurrach, the Council designate for arts, culture and heritage. “That’s really what the purpose behind it is, getting to know your neighbours and community.”
The City would like to see neighbourhoods capture their Block Parties this year. Tag the City via their social media channels or send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. The City is offering prizes to this summer’s Block Party best images.
The Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (PoCo BIA) will be sponsoring Block Parties this summer by working with local businesses to provide promotions and prizes for Block Party participants.
Call for Sponsors
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors can support additional activities that will add fun to gatherings, including bouncy castles, face painting, games and balloons.
To learn more about how to plan and apply for a block party visit portcoquitlam.ca/blockparty.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam