From Block Parties to Connected Neighbourhoods

Submitted by Christie Nash on June 14, 2016 - 8:43am

From June 7-9th, 2016 over 160 of the finest minds in neighbourhood building from across Canada and the United states gathered in Edmonton, AB to to explore promising approaches and resources that build resilient communties and neighbourhoods that create relationships of care, stong and connected neighbourhoods, Collective Impact, and resilient communities. 

 With 16 workshops and 4 walk-abouts, these spaces were a time of deep learning, connecting, and sharing.  

One of these workshops was From Block Parties to Connected Neighbourhoods with Angie Dedrick and a team of 12 residents from St. Albert.

Block Parties are a big deal in St. Albert, a small city NW of Edmonton. Initiated in 2008 as a means of addressing vandalism at a community level, the initiative has grown to be so much more than just a crime prevention tool. In 2012, a city-wide Neighbourhood Network was formulated with residents leading the charge to create connected and caring neighbourhoods. From Conversation Cafes, neighbourhood tool kits, soup night demos, little free libraries, block party mentors and now the newest addition Neighbourhood Connectors, a ground swell is happening in St Albert! Come learn how St albert has built such a successful block party program and how a simple party is leading to connected communities’ city wide!  Over the last 8 years, the program has grown to include a whopping 150 Block Parties in 2016, with the ultimate goal of hosting one on every street (approx. 695).  

Please find attached the slide deck and handouts for this presentation.