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Host a neighbourhood block party as an opportunity for people to meet and get to know each other.

The focus is on having fun but some communities find it a great way to work together on a neighbourhood project.

The City supports both Block Party and Play Street events through planning, operational and permitting support.

As we move through the City’s relaunch phase, it has been necessary for some changes to be made to our guidelines for these types of neighbourhood events. All neighbours participating in any events must follow all current Alberta Health Services advice relating to outdoor events. Current advice allows up to 100 people to meet outside with adequate physical distancing in place (2 metres apart for those not in your family or cohort).

Benefits

  • Have fun
  • Meet your neighbours and make new friends
  • Re-establish old friendships
  • Increase the sense of belonging to a community
  • Encourage neighbours to look after each other and the neighbourhood
  • Promote safety and help prevent crime by looking out for each other and recognizing faces
  • Increase security by knowing your neighbours' schedules
  • Learn about your community history

City of Edmonton Permits

Road Use Permit

A permit is required from the City when a neighbourhood event is held in a location where there is traffic (streets, back alleys, or cul-de-sacs). The permit is required to block off the street. Confirmation of support from neighbours in the area impacted by the road closure are required for the event, whether or not they plan to attend.

The permit must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the event. A-frame signage and traffic cones will be made available to event organizers must be able to pick up and return these for their event. 

Alcohol consumption is not permitted on city roads or public property.

Block Party / Play Street Application Form

Parkland Permits

Parkland Permits for a neighbourhood park are available from your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator. Dogs are allowed on trails in parks, but not on sports fields or playgrounds. Alcohol consumption is prohibited. Food, drink, alcohol or merchandise cannot be sold on parkland without an umbrella licence or using approved vendors. During this time participants cannot share food, drink or have common touch surfaces for example inflatables. No vehicles are permitted on a park site.  At the end of the function, the site needs to be clean.

Liability insurance is required for parties on City parkland. If your event is a sponsored Community League event, their insurance may cover you. If not, you may wish to check with your home insurance.

For More Information

Title Neighbourhood Initiatives Lead
Telephone

780-496-1474

Email blockpartyplaystreet@edmonton.ca

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