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May 09, 2019 Return to Headlines

Bring the Party to Your Block

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 9, 2019 – Bring the celebration to your block this summer by planning a neighbourhood block party.

The City of Coquitlam is offering $150 grants to encourage residents to plan block parties – fun social events that are a great way to meet neighbours, make new friends, and enhance community safety and awareness.

Coquitlam residents who plan a block party can apply to the City to receive the grant, free insurance coverage and a play kit filled with toys to use at your event. 
Block parties can take place in a variety of locations:

  • On your street,
  • On private property such as a common area or backyard, or
  • In a park (rental fees apply for park bookings).

The $150 grant may be used for food, activities, entertainment, equipment and venue rentals.  

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, block party organizers must fill out a free application at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties at least 15 days before their event. Grant criteria include:

  • Being a Coquitlam resident,
  • Hosting the block party in Coquitlam,
  • Providing the names of at least two neighbours who support the event 
    and others who will be invited, and
  • Submitting a post-event evaluation and photo of your block party event.

Share your Block Party Activity Ideas to Win!

Do you have a great idea for a block party activity? Submit your idea for a chance to win an arts activity kit and be featured in the next Block Party Handbook! Email us at blockparties@coquitlam.ca and include a description of the activity; a link to a website (if applicable); and photos of the finished product.

View the 2019 Block Party Handbook filled with great activity ideas at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties

Block Party Play Kits 

Block party organizers can request to borrow our activity play kits to use at their block party. Kits include balls, cones, Frisbees, skipping ropes – and even a rubber chicken! 

Block Party Road Closures

To hold a block party on a City street, block party organizers must request a road closure  through the online application form (local and emergency road access must be maintained – free barricades will be provided). Approved applicants will also receive free special event liability insurance coverage.

The application form and complete details can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties.

Media contact:
Terra Dickinson
Cultural & Community Events Supervisor
604-927-6978
tdickinson@coquitlam.ca