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.