City waiving permit fees for Neighbour Day events
Today, Mayor Naheed Nenshi reminded Calgarians that The City of Calgary is waiving the fees for block party permits and park venue bookings to help Calgarians celebrate Neighbour Day this June 20. The deadline to submit applications for block party permits and park venue bookings is May 29, 2015.
Neighbour Day is a new annual celebration of community spirit, and will take place this year on June 20, 2015. Neighbour Day was established last June to recognize and celebrate the great community strength and cooperation exhibited during the flood in 2013.
“We have strong community spirit in Calgary, and celebrating that is important,” says Mayor Nenshi. “For Neighbour Day, we want to encourage as many people as possible to host their own community event. That is why The City is waiving the fees for block party permits and park bookings for events that take place on June 20 this year.”
Calgarians are encouraged to plan a celebration in their neighbourhoods on June 20. There are many ways community residents can participate — anything from a simple picnic, to a small improvement project like fence painting, or a larger event like a big block party with neighbours.
“Strong neighbourhoods are so important to the health and well-being of our whole city,” says Katie Black, acting director of Community & Neighbourhood Services. “When neighbourhoods thrive, the people who live there thrive too. Taking time to celebrate our communities is an excellent way for people to feel connected and engaged, and that makes our neighbourhoods stronger.”
In addition to waiving the fee for block party permits, and park venue bookings, The City has developed a kit with planning tools, event ideas and promotional material. The Neighbour Day Event Planning Kit can be downloaded from Calgary.ca/neighbourday.
For more information about Neighbour Day and information about permits and other logistical considerations visit Calgary.ca/neighbourday.