Sep 13, 2016 Return to Headlines

Block Party Challenge Reaches 125 Goal

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 13, 2016 – Coquitlam residents embraced the 125 Block Party Challenge and succeeded in achieving the city’s goal of holding 125 block parties in 2016.

The Coquitlam 125 Block Party Challenge’s main objective was for neighbours to connect, have fun together, and build stronger long-term relationships.
Kicking off with the first block party held in early January 2016, the challenge brought residents together for gatherings that ranged from a potluck meal in someone’s backyard to large-scale on-street gatherings that included bouncy castles and barbecues. 

Block Party participants also had the option of adding a Neighbourhood Tree Day to their event. This included having a tree expert attend the block party to provide a tree care workshop customized for the neighbourhood. Block Party participants incorporated workshop activities such as tree planting on boulevards or in private yards, tree-well work parties, and tree care demonstrations.

To date, 125 block parties have been approved as part of the Block Party Challenge and more are expected before year end. In addition, neighbourhoods have benefitted from 33 Neighbourhood Tree Days, which will add 125 trees to Coquitlam’s urban landscape.

Promoted as as a way for Coquitlam residents to help celebrate a major milestone in their city’s history, it is expected that the Block Party Challenge will provide a lasting legacy to the community by bringing residents together and strengthening neighbourhoods beyond the anniversary year.

The City’s Block Party program will continue beyond the Coquitlam 125 celebrations.

More information is available at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties

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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