The City of Calgary is offering free permits for Neighbour Day events
The City of Calgary is once again offering free permits for block party and greenspace events taking place during the sixth annual Neighbour Day happening on June 15. The deadline to submit permit applications for Neighbour Day events is Friday, May 24.
“Neighbour Day is about meeting your neighbours, making new friends and having fun,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “From every corner of Calgary, we want to encourage as many people as possible to participate. Strong neighbourhoods are important to the fabric of our community. It’s important to our well-being, because we know that when neighbourhoods thrive the people who live there thrive as well."
Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for neighbours to come together in the form of front yard BBQs, community cleanups, picnics and potlucks to celebrate our strong community spirit in Calgary.
Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate Neighbour Day:
- Host a block party on your residential street.
- Have a neighbourhood picnic at a local park.
- Host a neighbourhood potluck or front yard BBQ.
- Host afternoon tea in your backyard.
- Organize a parade of lawn parties.
- Hold a street chalk drawing competition.
- Grab a Litter Cleanup Kit, get together and tidy up your park or natural area.
- Help your neighbour with their spring cleaning or gardening.
- Make up your own way to celebrate your community spirit in Calgary.
Calgarians also have the opportunity to invite Mayor Nenshi, their local councillor and members of their local police, peace officers, 9-1-1 communications officers and fire crews to their Neighbour Day event. An official invitation request can be submitted through calgary.ca/NeighbourDay.
Neighbour Day was first held in June 2014 to celebrate the incredible outpouring of support and generosity neighbours demonstrated after the 2013 floods. It has since evolved into an annual celebration of Calgary’s strong and caring communities.
To sign-up for Neighbour Day and access celebration ideas, an event planning kit, information about permits, templates and other logistical considerations, visit calgary.ca/NeighbourDay.