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It's time to meet your neighbours, Esquimalt

The Township of Esquimalt , along with the Victoria Police Department, is hosting the mother of all neighbourhood block parties.

The Block Bash! is expected to draw more than 200 people to the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on May 31. The goal: promote the Block Watch program and the municipality's new Block Party initiative.

“It's a great way to celebrate and get to know your neighbours while increasing sense of community,” says Vicki Klyne, Esquimalt's community development programmer.

The Block Bash! bases itself on an old-fashioned block party with food, refreshments and neighbourhood entertainment. In addition, the event will see community groups, including the VicPD, set up information booths.

The township is also promoting its Block Party initiative, encouraging neighbourhoods throughout Esquimalt to host parties. Each block party typical hosts between 30-60 residents. The township helps with the party planning with its E-Town trailer.

Klyne says block parties are becoming popular again because people are looking for the opportunity to connect with their neighbours.

“We live in such a busy world that people don't always have time to talk to their neighbours. Block parties open the door to a connection with their neighbours. It's about creating safe neighbourhoods and helping each other,” she says.

For more information, please contact Vicki Klyne at 250-412-8511.


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