Block Parties

Block Parties

Let’s face it, life is busy! Between work, volunteering, extracurricular activities and other commitments, we often find it hard to interact with those who we live closest to.  That’s where a block party can help!

A Block Party is a gathering of people who want to celebrate and strengthen their neighbourhood’s feeling of togetherness. It’s a great way to get to know each other, create new friendships, enhance and preserve safety and encourage a sense of local community.

Neighbourhood Projects are a get-together of like minded community members who collaborate on projects that make their neighbourhoods stronger and more connected.  Projects can focus on block beautification, weed-pulling events, and neighbourhood trash clean ups. These events can aid in giving a sense of pride and ownership to neighbourhoods by promoting a group effort to make improvement.

Where can I host a Block Party?

  • On your street
    • If you are planning to hold a block party or neighbourhood project on your street, ensure everyone is informed and supports a street closure (if needed).  Fill out a Block Party Permit Application and provide all relevant information for your street closure.
  • On private property, backyard, or community common area.
  • In a park
    • It is not necessary to book a park for small block parties or neighbourhood projects. If you are having a larger gathering and would like to ensure you have the space, please call us to book 604-485-8909.

How do I Apply?

A Block Party Grant Application must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days prior to the day of the event and include the following:  A description of activities planned, details of the purchases the grant will go towards, estimated number of participants, and details for road closure if requesting one (please note: intersections & bus routes will not be closed)



  1. Fill out your Block Party Application form and email, or deliver in person, to the Recreation Complex c/o Shawna Rahier.  You will be contacted after your application has been reviewed and approved.
  2. Once your application is approved, and if you are requesting a road closure, the Block Party Street Closure Permit Request form will then need to be filled out.   The form must then be brought to City Hall for approval from the Engineering department, and then to the RCMP for approval.  You will need to provide proof of $2 Million Liability Insurance naming the City of Powell River as an additional insured.  You can go online here to acquire your insurance.  Please note for 2021 we will reimburse you the cost of your insurance.
  3. You will then bring the approved permit back to the Recreation Complex to go in your file.
  4. After your party is complete, you will send your original copies of your receipts for reimbursement of up to $200 to the Recreation Complex c/o Shawna Rahier

Download our Application forms here:

Block Party Application Forms
Block Park Street Closure Permit Request

You may send in your completed forms via email to or in person at the Recreation Complex.



For more information about Block Parties please contact:

Shawna Rahier
Parks, Recreation & Culture Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Tel: 604-485-8902