May 10, 2016 Return to Headlines

Help Reach Our Goal of 125 Block Parties

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 10, 2016 – This year we’re challenging all Coquitlam residents to host 125 block parties to celebrate Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary.

The initiative is intended to bring residents together, strengthen neighbourhoods and build a stronger sense of community – some of the goals of this year’s Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations.

A block party is a gathering of adjacent neighbours who want to connect and celebrate their community. For residents, block parties are a great way to participate in their city’s milestone anniversary while connecting with their neighbours in a casual setting, enhancing the safety and awareness of their neighbourhood, and simply having fun. Block parties can take place in a variety of locations, including on your street, on private property such as a common area or a backyard, or in a park (rental fees apply for park bookings).

This year, the City is offering $150 grants to the organizers of the first 125 block parties that are approved within the Block Party Challenge. The $150 grants may be used for food, activities, entertainment, equipment and venue rentals.

To apply to have an approved block party and receive the $150 grant, block party organizers must fill out a free application at www.coquitlam125.ca/blockparties and meet criteria that includes:

  • Being a Coquitlam resident, who lives in the neighbourhood where the Block Party will be held,
  • Hosting the block party in Coquitlam in 2016,
  • Providing the names of two neighbours who support the event and others who will be invited,
  • Submitting a post-event evaluation and photo of the event.

Through the block party application form, organizers may request a City road closure as long as local and emergency road access is maintained.

Application forms must be filled out at least 15 business days prior to the event date. Even those who don’t want to apply for a grant or City road closure are encouraged to fill out the free application so they will be counted in the 125 Block Party Challenge.

Visit www.coquitlam125.ca/blockparties for more details and guidelines.

About Coquitlam 125
Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca.

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Media contact:
Kathleen Vincent
Manager Corporate Communications
City of Coquitlam