The Town of Redwater is hoping to see more people taking to the streets this summer.
Redwater council made some changes to the town’s official block party policy at a recent meeting (Apr.17). The revisions are aimed at making it safer and easier for people to throw neighbourhood get-togethers.
Under the revised policy, residents now need to get only 60 per cent of people in the area to agree to a proposed party. Redwater Mayor Mel Smith said that the existing 75 per cent approval requirement was too high.
“If you've got 20 residents on a block on both sides of the street, is it right to have four or five people be able to kibosh everything?” he said.
Smith said that the town is trying to encourage more block parties, to help people get to know their neighbours and to create a safer, close-knit community.
“In this day and age with some of the things we're hearing in the news, the more eyes we have on the street and watching everybody's places, the better it is,” he said.
With the new policy in place, inflatable play structures such as bouncy castles will no longer be permitted at block parties unless the party host obtains $2 million in liability insurance.
Redwater residents interested in throwing a block party can stop by the town office to obtain a permit and get more information on rules and regulations.

More Local News

Sherwood Heights replacement school tops EIPS priority list

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has identified its highest capital priorities moving forward.

Double-digit temperatures not sticking around for long

That spring-like weather is soon to leave.

Road weight bans in effect in Lamont County

Lamont County's seasonal road bans are now in effect.

Update: RCMP find missing teen

Morinville RCMP have found a missing teen.

Pedway trail over Highway 15 closed

Some Fort Sask trails are experiencing flooding.

Mother daughter duo sees success at Grammy Awards

They may not have attended the event, but Fort Sask's Kerry and Mercedes McKinlay still made their mark at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Murder suspect still on the loose, police charge two more with first degree murder

Police have now charged seven people in relation to the murder of Aldane Mesquita.

Strathcona County unveils new transit plan

Strathcona County is looking to make improvements to its transit service.

Find Your Family Story connects generations with their past

A group in Sherwood Park recently worked to connect people with their past.

Bruderheim's new park a community-wide project

Bruderheim is receiving a lot of financial support for their new community park. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide