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The focus of Block Parties is on building connections and relationships between neighbours living in the same street. Some communities also find it a great way to work together on a neighbourhood project.

The idea of a Play Street is to bring neighbours together and allow use of a space within the neighbourhood that is not actually inviting for celebration or play. They allow neighbours to play together in residential streets closed off to vehicle traffic. 

The City supports both Block Parties and Play Street events through planning, operational and permitting support. 

The Block Party/Play Street Program is currently not accepting applications. As we move through the City’s relaunch phase, it has been necessary for some changes to be made to our guidelines for these types of neighbourhood events. All neighbours participating in any events must follow all current Alberta Health Services advice relating to outdoor gatherings. We will provide an update as numbers for Outdoor Gathering are increased. 

Come Out and Play

Benefits of Hosting an Event

Block Parties

  • Have fun!
  • Meet your neighbours and make new friends
  • Re-establish old friendships
  • Increase the sense of belonging to a community
  • Encourage neighbours to look after each other and the neighbourhood
  • Promote safety and help prevent crime by looking out for each other and recognizing faces
  • Increase security by knowing your neighbours' schedules
  • Learn about your community history

Play Streets

  • Promote social interaction between neighbours of all ages
  • Encourage the use of closed neighbourhood streets for safe, active play in all seasons
  • Provide additional public spaces in areas where parks or private yards are limited
  • Encourage activities suited to road spaces such as bike riding, street hockey, chalk art and scootering
  • Promote diverse use of quiet roadways
  • Increase sense of belonging to the community
  • Encourage neighbours to look after each other and the neighbourhood
  • Embolden children to play outside year-round
  • Promote safety and help prevent crime by knowing your neighbours and recognizing faces
  • Have fun!

City of Edmonton Permits

Road Use Permit

A permit is required from the City when a neighbourhood event is held in a location where there is traffic (streets, back alleys, or cul-de-sacs). The permit is required to block off the street. Confirmation of support from neighbours in the area impacted by the road closure are required for the event, whether or not they plan to attend.

The permit must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the event. A-frame signage and traffic cones will be made available. Event organizers must be able to pick up and return these for their event. 

Alcohol consumption is not permitted on city roads or public property.

Block Party / Play Street Application Form

Parkland Permits

Parkland Permits for a neighbourhood park are available from your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator. Dogs are allowed on trails in parks, but not on sports fields or playgrounds. Alcohol consumption is prohibited. Food, drink, alcohol or merchandise cannot be sold on parkland without an umbrella licence or using approved vendors. During this time participants cannot share food, drink or have common touch surfaces such as inflatables. No vehicles are permitted on a park site. At the end of the function, the site needs to be clean.

Liability insurance is required for parties on City parkland. If your event is a sponsored Community League event, their insurance may cover you. If not, you may wish to check with your home insurance.

For More Information

Title Neighbourhood Initiatives Lead



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