Block Party Program
The Block Party Program runs from mid-May to early-September each year and encourages Spruce Grove residents to get to know their neighbours while becoming more connected to the community.
During the block party season, residents are encouraged to submit a block party application for a chance to receive a block party food voucher and discount from Save-On Foods on their block party grocery order. Block parties must be held between May 1 and Sept. 8 to be eligible.
Applications will be available online from May 1 to Aug. 31. During this time, applications will also be available at the Spruce Grove FCSS office, located at 105-505 Queen St., Spruce Grove.
Host a successful block party
Use the following resources to help organize and host a successful block party:
- Block Party Checklist
- Invitation template
- Sign-in sheet
- Sort with success, the City’s online guide to what goes where
Help ensure the safety of your community by keeping the following precautions in mind:
- Lock your house and secure backyard fences while at the event
- Ensure emergency vehicles have access to your street when setting up and/or placing barricades
- Block parties can be held between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Block party hosts should remain at the party until it has ended
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on City streets
- Open fires are not permitted on City streets
When preparing food for your block party, please keep the following food safety tips in mind:
- Wash hands and surfaces often. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer gels are a good back-up.
- Do not cross-contaminate. Raw meat products and their juices must be kept away from ready-to-eat foods as well as food products like salad.
- Cook all food to the proper internal temperatures.
- Refrigerate properly. Foods cannot be left out for more than two hours.
Block Party FAQs
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Block parties are a great opportunity to get to know other people who live on your street. Neighbours who know each other are more likely to look out for and help one another. Block parties also establish a sense of belonging and connection in your neighbourhood and community. Community Peace officers and members of Spruce Grove Fire Services may also drop by your event to introduce themselves.
No. You are responsible for advertising your party; however the City provides invitations that you can print and handout.
There are a limited number of barricades available through Enforcement Services. Please request barricades on your application form and you will be notified of the drop-off and pick-up time. Enforcement Services will drop-off and pick-up the barricades.
Make sure that everyone has clear access to their property during the event. Be courteous with the noise level and remember that loud amplification of music is prohibited.
We recommend that you host your block party in a public space (street, alley or park) as it increases shared responsibility of the event. If your block party is going to be held on public land, you must register your event with the City. Other locations for hosting a block party could include a backyard, garage or common area/room in a condominium complex.
Proof of event insurance is required for those events utilizing bouncy houses, jolly jumps, livestock (petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) on public property. Please contact the Insurance and Risk Management Advisor at 780-962-7634 ext. 151 for more information. Residents must also adhere to the City of Spruce Grove bylaws regarding fire code, fireworks, noise and alcohol.
Email or call Spruce Grove FCSS at 780-962-7618.