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WYC's Big Block Party Weekend is an initiative aimed at connecting neighbors for face-to-face interaction and creating more opportunity for children's free play.

Building community one block at a time.

In an effort to bring Wilton families together, WYC has helped neighbors all over town to organize old fashioned block parties during Big Block Party Weekend.

Missed the Second Annual Big Block Party Weekend?

Plan one any time that works for you and your neighbors!

Why host a block party? The benefits are endless! Here are the top reasons:

  • Meet and get to know your neighbors

  • Increase a sense of belonging in the community

  • Get outside, make friends and have fun - no excuses are needed to celebrate

  • Find neighborhood playmates for your children 

  • Opportunity for face-to-face connection and conversation

  • Meet some of the long standing neighbors and learn about your community history

  • Decrease stress of snow days, storms and emergency situations

  • Create a neighborhood contact list

How to host a block party? Be a Block Party Captain! Here are some helpful tips:

  • Keep it simple and low-key (try not to go overboard, it can make people feel the event is too much work)

  • Recruit another neighbor or 2 to help.

  • Decide on a location (road, common space, or yard).

  • Decide what day and time works best for your neighborhood.

  • Decide on the type of event - picnic, barbecue, potluck, etc.

  • Establish block boundaries (use natural neighborhood boundaries where possible) to include approximately 20-30 houses. Remember those on adjacent busier roads.

  • Have a child create the flyer to put in mailboxes.

  • Distribute the flyer (or have a child or teen do so?) in all invited mailboxes.

  • Remember, keep it simple. Think old-fashioned block parties. 

If you don’t know your neighbors, we suggest making a flyer to put in 20-30 mailboxes of neighbors. Tips for your flyer:

 

  • Use the flyer to encourage attendance.

  • Share some of the reasons to have a block party.

  • Solicit opinions on how to handle the food.

  • Suggest possible dates and times to have the event.  

  • Include your contact information so your neighbors can email or call you if they would like to help. Most participating neighborhoods have had 2 or 3 residents offer to help.

 

Note Regarding Road Closures:

Wilton Police discourage residents from officially closing their roads - emergency vehicles need to be able to pass. Permits for road closures will only be considered for dead end roads. To obtain such a permit, signatures are required from all residents, plus various town departments. Instead, some neighborhoods have decided to have their block party in someone's yard, at the end of a driveway, or on the side of their road without obstructing traffic. Experienced block party planners suggest using a combination of balloons, signs that read "Caution Block Party in Progress," and orange cones to alert drivers to the party in progress.

 

Block Party Survival Checklist:

  • Signage for oncoming cars 

  • Name Tags

  • Sign in sheet (names, kids’ ages, address, phone number, email address and if your child babysits)

  • Flashlights 

  • Headlamps for the kids for those unlit streets

  • Bug spray

  • Citronella candles

  • First Aid Kit

  • Music Player

  • Garbage Bags

  • Recycle bin

  • Bottle opener

  • Glow necklaces to identify the children running around

  • Plates, napkins, plastic/silverware, cups

  • Paper towels/wet wipes for cleanup

  • Community table(s) for food/drinks

  • Tablecloth(s)

  • Sun Screen

  • Outdoor games - i.e. Cornhole, Giant Jenga, sack races, egg toss

  • Coolers or beverage containers w/ plenty of ice

  • Hire a Lifeguard (if children will be near a pool)

  • Playpen for infants

For more information or questions,

please email

wiltonsbigblockpartyweekend@gmail.com or eliasvanessa5@gmail.com.