Neighborhood Block Party
In following safety guidelines in relation to COVID-19, City Management and staff have decided it is best for the City to not offer visits from city departments to this year’s neighborhood block parties. This decision is for the safety of our emergency personnel and residents.
If your neighborhood decides to have a block party and will need barricades, we will continue to provide them. Please complete the registration form.
Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.
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 and community in the area. This can develop at a neighborhood block party.
A block party offers the opportunity to meet your neighbors, as well as, connect with new ones, all the while bringing the neighborhood closer together. We encourage you to make this a day to renew neighborhood awareness, exchange greetings, and to celebrate the importance of neighborhood relationships.
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:
- Have a theme: luau, sports, movie, picnic, ice cream social
- Food: potluck, cater, cookout, food trucks, snow cones
- Games: water games, watermelon eating, corn hole
- For kids: inflatable bounce houses, face painting, bike parade
- Entertainment: live music, outdoor movie, karaoke, photo props
- Request visits from City Departments such as Fire, Police and Public Works on the Block Party Registration form
Inform Your Neighbors
Get the message out to all your neighbors, whether by social media, newsletter or flier. If you wish to cover a large area with a flier, try dividing your neighborhood into equal sections and working with neighbors to make sure everyone is informed. Use a yard sign or banner at neighborhood entrance as a reminder to neighbors a few days prior to the Block Party.
Choose a location that will accommodate a large number of people. You may have chairs, grills, coolers, tables, and more, so make sure to find a space that is large enough.
Cost considerations: possibly the HOA could sponsor a portion of the party or with a Volunteer Neighborhood Network, have guests bring specific items collectively or ask for donations ahead of the party. For either group, maybe a resident within the neighborhood has a business willing to sponsor part of the party.
Be sure to include on the invitation necessary items to bring, such as food, beverages, ice, and paper goods. Suggest extras, such as lawn chairs, coolers, bug spray, or sunscreen. Include names and phone numbers of organizers.
Have a sign-in sheet to capture guests’ names and provide name tags, especially in newer neighborhoods. After all, the point is to get acquainted.
Jerry FowlerNeighborhood CoordinatorPhone: 918-376-1556
Lori LaneNeighborhood Administrative CoordinatorPhone: 918-376-1504
200 S Main Street
Owasso, OK 74055
P.O. Box 180
Owasso, OK 74055