Annual Block Party
17th Annual Block Party
Saturday - September 7, 2013
Deadline to Register:
August 28, 2013
For more information: Contact the City's
Neighborhood Coordinator Jerry Fowler by phone at 918-376-1556 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Party Registration Form
Why Have a Block Party?
There is no better way to get together and meet your neighbors than to
have a block party. Neighborhoods are stronger and safer places to
live when there is a sense of caring in the area. This can develop
at a neighborhood block party.
Block parties have varied from a simple gathering of a few folks in a
front yard sharing memories and beverages to elaborate, highly organized
events involving dozens of streets in a neighborhood. Whichever
type suits your area, we encourage you to make this a day to renew neighborhood
awareness, exchange greetings, and to celebrate the importance of neighborhood
Plan the Party
Do what works for you, but respect your neighbor's property and privacy.
If you use the street for your party, do not block residents who
do not want to participate. Be sure that emergency vehicles are
able to enter the block party area at all times.
Your imagination is the limit when planning
activities that will make your block party memorable. Make activities
appropriate for the age group, safe, and fun. Some suggested activities
are listed below:
- Bike decorating contest
- Games like twister, limbo, bingo and croquet
- Story time/kids read-a-thon
- Obstacle course
- Watermelon-eating contest (no hands is fun!)
- Art contests (use sidewalk chalk for this or for 4-square and hopscotch games)
- Volleyball, Horse shoes, Scavenger hunts
- Dominoes and card games (try to set tables in shade)
- Cake walk
- Neighborhood trivia contest
- Display old neighborhood pictures or memorabilia
- Water games (shaving cream and balloons are essential)
- Egg toss
- Face painting
- Relay races (try balancing an egg on a spoon)
- Crafts and baked goods
- Live band or other music/dancing
- Visits from City's Fire Department, Police Department and Public Works Department always please
the kids. (check the
appropriate space on the registration form to request visits)
Keep It Simple
Potluck dinners are easiest for beginners. Since many people are
near their homes it is probably convenient for them to use their own facilities
and utensils. Ask neighbors to bring their own lawn chairs to the
Inform Your Neighbors
Get the message out to all your neighbors. It’s a good idea
to get the word out at least one-month in advance and to distribute reminders
the week of the party. This is a good opportunity to visit with your neighbors
and make contact with those you haven't met.
Take block party fliers door-to-door if possible. If you wish to
cover a very large area, try dividing your neighborhood into equal sections
and working with neighbors to make sure everyone is informed.
Make your flier or invitation catchy and informative. In addition
to the date, time, and place, list all the necessary items to bring, such
as food, beverages, ice, and paper goods. Suggest extras, such as
lawn chairs, coolers, bug spray, sunscreen, and athletic equipment. Give
a brief preview of the party agenda. List phone numbers of organizers.
Have Fun and Keep It Going
Once the block party begins, relax and enjoy the fun! Visit
with neighbors to gauge their interest in future activities of this type.
Some neighborhoods may wish to plan regular activities that promote
neighborhood interaction. Anything that fosters a sense of community
is a welcome event in any neighborhood!
Consider other events such as annual neighborhood garage sales, a spring
clean up, holiday parties, and beautification projects. If your
neighborhood hasn't already done so, you may wish to form a neighborhood
Keep the arrangements as simple as possible and the atmosphere relaxed
and informal. Nametags are recommended, especially in newer neighborhoods.
After all, the point is to get acquainted!
Block parties are a good place to discuss neighborhood concerns, but
don't make your block party into a business meeting. It is okay
to distribute a newsletter or literature and circulate a sign-in sheet.
Remember that you are not alone. The City of Owasso looks forward
to receiving block party registration forms. We know that your neighborhood
is a vital part of the community, and we are here to help you whenever
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