“The safest communities in the world are those where people know, care for, and look out for each other,” says Community Safety Coordinator Herb Sutton. Block parties are a great way to bring people together and provide opportunities to get to know your neighbours.
Block party activities this year included BBQ dinners, potlucks, games, live music and even street murals. The City of North Battleford encourages residents to host block parties over the spring and summer. They are a fun way to build a strong sense of belonging.
The City’s Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Committee has been encouraging neighbourhoods to host block parties. This year, the CPTED Committee provided additional incentive for those residents who led and hosted block parties. The applicant host of block parties were entered into a draw to win a Char-Broil BBQ purchased from the Discovery CO-OP and solar motion light for every household on the block that participated in the street closure. Or a MetalMan fire pit for the block party applicant and swim passes to the CUplex Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre for every household on the block that participated in the street closure.
All registered block party applicants in 2018 were entered into a draw in early October and the winners were chosen randomly. The winner of the BBQ was Candice Hawkey, which saw her neighbours on Meighen Crescent receive a solar motion light from the Eyes That Care Program. Lesley Weiman had her name drawn to win the fire pit by MetalMan. Having her name drawn saw her neighbours on Walker Drive receive swim passes to the Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre. Congratulations to Candiace and Lesley and their neighbours on their blocks.
Are you interested in hosting a block party for your street? Check out the neighbourhood block party planning guide at https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/North_Battleford_Block_Party_Guide_Version_3.pdf
It is not too early to start planning for next years block party with your neighbours. “It is our hope that block parties become an annual tradition in every neighbourhood in the City.” Said Mackrell, adding “Thank you to everyone who applied and hosted a block party this year.”
For more information:
Ryan Mackrell, City Planner
306-445-1705 | firstname.lastname@example.org