Yes, you can host your own neighbourhood block party celebrating Car Free Vancouver on June 15th or 16th. It's easy! The following steps outline all you need to do.
Step 1 – Contact Us
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us in which block you'd like to hold your Block Party. If it happens that there's already a party taking place in your block, we'll put you in touch with the neighbours who are organising it.
Step 2 – Collect approval from majority of households in the block
The City requires all block parties have approval from a majority of the households (at least 2/3) in the block and that everyone in the block be notified about the party before we can approve the street closure to traffic and send you barricades - trust us, this isn't hard! We provide a sign-off form to collect your neighbour signatures and/or you can provide us with on-line confirmations you have received via email in support of a block party. Follow the link to the Kitsilano Block Party Sign-off form.
Try and find someone else from the block to help you with this -- it's more fun and it's easier when you share responsibilities. Going door to door for signatures also gives you a chance to get contact information from new people who would like to help plan the party.
We suggest you write up a notice that you can leave at homes where you couldn't reach anyone. This notice should have info on the time and location of the block party, your contact info and a suggestion that they contact you to sign the form or send you an email and join in the fun! An example of a short notice can be found at Invite Template or a longer notice with survey at Neighbourhood Letter and Survey Template for Block Party.
Step 3 – Block Party Application Form
Fill out the details of your block party on our on-line application form.
Step 4 - Send Us Your Completed Form
Once you have completed the on-line block party application form and have the majority of households approving the block party on the sign-off form and/or via emails, email the sign-off form with signatures and approval emails to email@example.com or email us and we`ll send you the address to mail/drop the form to. The city has put us in charge of the paperwork for all Kits block parties celebrating Car Free Vancouver. For this reason, in order to get City approval for your block party, insurance and barricades, we must receive the sign-off sheet with signatures and emailed approvals no later than June 10th if you are having a party on June 15th or 16th.
Step 5 – Planning
Arrange to meet with your neighbours to plan the fun things you'd like to do for your block party. Check out Car Free Vancouver's Kitsilano Block Party Festival Planning and Ideas Toolkit and Greening your Block Party.
Step 6 – The Event
- We will deliver your street barricades on the Friday before your event. Please move the barricades to a secure place.
- Set up your barricades on the day of your event and you're ready to go.
- Remove the barriers after the event and store them in a secure place.
- We will pick up the barriers on the Monday or Tuesday after the event. Please have them available for pickup in a place where we will find them.
Get your application in early! The number of block parties may have to be limited. Once we've confirmed receipt of your application and put you on the barricade delivery list, you can carry on with the fun of planning what you want to do with your neighbours.