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Jun 27, 2016 Return to Headlines

Block Party Challenge More Than Halfway to 125 Goal

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 27, 2016 – Coquitlam residents can still join in the 125 Block Party Challenge and receive a $150 grant for hosting a block party this year.
So far, more than 80 block parties are signed up for the challenge, part of Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary celebrations and its focus on bringing residents together and strengthening neighbourhoods. 

The City is encouraging residents to host a total of 125 block parties this year, and is offering up to 125 $150 grants to offset typical costs such as food, activities, entertainment, equipment and venue rentals. 

A successful block party can be anything from a potluck meal in someone’s backyard to a large-scale gathering in a local park – the main objective is for neighbours to connect, have fun together and build stronger long-term relationships. 

This year, block parties are also being promoted as a way for Coquitlam residents to help celebrate a major milestone in their city’s history. Even those who don’t want to apply for a grant are encouraged to fill out the free application at www.coquitlam125.ca/blockparties so they will be counted in the 125 Block Party Challenge.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must:

  • apply at least 15 days before the event date,
  • be a Coquitlam resident,
  • host the block party in Coquitlam,
  • provide the names of two neighbours who support the event and others who will be invited, and
  • submit 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 are maintained. Block parties may also take place on private property such as a common area or a backyard, or in a City park (rental fees apply).

Visit www.coquitlam125.ca/blockparties for more details and guidelines. More information about all Coquitlam 125 events is posted at www.coquitlam125.ca.

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