Block Party

One of the most significant things that someone can do to help prevent crime in their neighbourhood is to get to know their neighbour.  Neighbours who know one another look out for one another.

When you know your neighbours, you know who and what belongs in the area.

The goal of an ENW Block Party is to get to know those people living next door, across the street and a few houses away!

ENW is working with partners on a program that

  • Brings neighbours together to get to know one another
  • Builds a sense of community & safety
  • Helps create crime watch communities

 

ENW helps block party organizers

  • access available resources for the block party
  • connect with other groups and organizations that provide free support and/or equipment (includes City of Edmonton & the Edmonton Police Service)
  • by providing a gift bag with which includes prizes, a gift card, activities for children & adults, crime prevention handouts and more (provided by ENW and program partners)

New For 2017

No equipment to return!

There are a limited total number bookings for the 2017 season but no limits on the number of bookings per weekend.

In honour of Canada’s 150th, the program will run from May 1st thru September 27th (150 Days).

Program Requirements

  • The block party is being organized by a resident(s), living on the street where it will occur.
  • Invitations are distributed to no more than 60 homes.
    • If invitations exceed 60 homes, some give-away items may not be provided.
    • If the event is a large community-based gathering, it does not meet the goal of an ENW Block Party and DOES NOT qualify. Please do not apply.
      If you would still like crime prevention handouts to distribute please email admin@enwatch.ca
  • Invitations must be hand-delivered along with the ENW crime prevention handout.
    If invitations are not hand-delivered the event DOES NOT qualify for this program.
  • All neighbours living in the party zone must be invited.
  • The application must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the block party date.

Use a planning guide!

ENW recommends this guide from the City of Edmonton
Click on the guide to open a pdf  

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How to apply for an ENW Block Party

  1. Complete the online Block Party Application. ENW will communicate with only one (1) person per block party.
    If you have any problems with the new application from please email admin@enwatch.ca
    The NEW ENW Block Party Application
  2. ENW will send a confirmation email and further instructions. If you do not receive a confirmation email the same day, PLEASE check your junk mail for the confirmation.
  3. ENW will provide links and help you connect with available resources.
  4. ENW will mail or deliver the Crime Prevention handouts to you.
  5. ENW will email the Save-On Foods discount letter to you.
  6. Organizers deliver the invitations and crime prevention handouts.
  7. ENW will notify the following with the date & location of the block party:
    • The Edmonton Police Service who may send a representative (if available).
    • Your ENW Community Representative (or Community League)
    • Your City Councillor and MLA if it was indicated in your application.
  8. Organizers pick up the ENW Block Party kit at the ENW Office (12904 – 54 Street) based on the pick-up date scheduled when applying.
    ENW is not able to accept walk-ins for pick-up.
    Pick-up are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 8am to 4pm.  No Mondays, Fridays, holidays, evenings or weekends.
  9. Block Party Kit includes
    • Gift Bag with give-aways from ENW, EPS, COE Hello How Are You, Save-On Foods and other program partners.
    • Party ice-breaker activities & children’s activities
    • Sign-in sheets
    • Gift card
    • A lawn sign to promote the event. Add your party details & decorate (post #ENWblockparty) – prizes each month!
  10. Have a great Block Party!
  11. Organizer completes the online evaluation.

In cases where the crime prevention handout is not distributed with the invitations or the evaluation is not completed, the organizer and neighbourhood may be ineligible for future ENW Block Parties.

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Links:

Hello How Are You
The City of Edmonton initiative that encourages Edmontonians to get connected to their communities to help prevent social isolation.

City of Edmonton – Block Party Guide (pdf)

City of Edmonton – Permit to Block a roadway (pdf)

City of Edmonton information on Block Parties

City of Edmonton Community Recreation Coordinators

Program Partners

ENW Block Party Program Partners