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Coquitlam block parties returning this summer. Here's how you can host

Play kits, plus a $150 cash grant, are available for Coquitlam residents looking to unite their neighbourhood through games, food and entertainment.
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Neighbourhood block party.

Block parties are coming back to Coquitlam neighbourhoods this year.

The question remains: where?

Local residents looking to bring their neighbours together for a day of fun and entertainment can now apply for a $150 cash grant, according to the city.

The money is earmarked for help to pay costs related to food, supplies, equipment rentals and entertainment, to which the city encourages interested applicants to utilize local businesses for help.

In a release, Coquitlam spokesperson Wondy Chan adds successful hosts will be given free liability insurance, as well as "play kits" with games and activities for all ages in hopes of building "a sense of community."

The kits consist of balls, cones, frisbees and jump ropes — and maybe the odd rubber chicken, too.

Interested residents, if needed, can also request road closures for cul-de-sacs, lanes and neighbourhood roads.

If fireworks are in the plan, interested participants must obtain a permit from Coquitlam Fire Rescue and music must be turned off by 10 p.m.

Those looking to earn a block party grant must meet the following criteria, according to the city:

  • You must be a Coquitlam resident
  • The block party must be hosted for adjacent neighbours
  • Submit an application at least 10 days in advance
  • Provide a post-event evaluation with three photos within two weeks after the party
  • Properly dispose of recyclables and garbage after the event

For more information, including ideas for themed block parties, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website.