The City of Portland and your Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association made planning a block party this summer easier (and cheaper) than ever before. If you plan ahead, you can take over the street for a night of games, cookouts and connecting with neighbors. There are a wealth of resources for making your block party easy to organize, full of ways to build community, and easy on our environment, too!
1) Check the great party planning and permitting resources provided online by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation that make it easy to close down the street. Start by visiting PBOT's Block Party website (www.Pbotblockparty.com) to get the basics down. Southeast Uplift, our Neighborhood Coalition, has some great resources too.
2) If you're in the MSANA Neighborhood Boundaries, sign up to borrow the barriers the City requires for closing a street. (No rental fees, just return them when you're done!) Currently, they're available almost every weekend this summer (except this weekend (July 8) and August 5. Contact Meghan Humphreys (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve the barriers.
3) If you want to host your block party as an official National Night Out event (between July 28 and August 8) the deadline to sign up your event is Tuesday, July 18th. The City of Portland has instructions on how to do that at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno. This is a great option if you want police/firefighters to stop by your event and meet neighbors.
4) Make the gathering green! Cut the waste, prevent the plastic, and incorporate things that get the kids enjoying the nature our neighborhoods afford -- use this Green Block Parties guide for some fun ideas.