Neighbourhood block party in Mission

Local residents want to get to know their neighbours

Are you a good neighbour?

The District of Mission’s Cultural Resources Commission (CRC) members are hosting a block party on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Welton Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including lunch, games, and the chance to connect with your neighbourhood.

The CRC conducted a number of community forums in the last 12 months to determine what small steps could be accomplished to make Mission a more livable place. While participants extolled the virtues of living in the community, the overwhelming response was a desire to get to know one’s neighbours.

“With the numbers of new people moving into the community, and the fact that Mission is a ‘commuters’ town, people expressed regret that they don’t feel part of a neighbourhood,” explained CRC chairperson Bronwen Sutherland.

“We sought solutions from other communities’ programs and the idea of Good Neighbours Block Parties was born.”

With the support of council, the group worked on the Block Party concept, creating a tool kit for residents to host their own events. The kit includes information for residents wanting to host activities in the street, in community parks or even their own backyards, and how to gather resources such as tables, chairs and permits for a safe and inclusive event.

“There are some distinct neighbourhoods in Mission, easily identified, but we are anxious to know how people identify where they live?” added Sutherland.

She said a large map will be on site at Saturday’s event and people will be asked to pinpoint their own areas. People have a chance to add their voice to the conversation about the strengths of neighbourhoods and creating a true sense of belonging.

Everyone is invited.