Host a Block Party

Block parties are a great way to bring your neighborhood together! To organize a block party, you will need to let all of your neighbors that will be directly affected know as part of the application process. There is a flat $100 fee to cover the cost of supporting the event, which includes barricade rental for the block. A few other things to consider: 

  • Block parties must take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and clean up must be finished by 6 p.m. 
  • Block parties cannot be held on holidays or holiday weekends because of staffing constraints to support the event. These include New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • Once a block party is approved, we will mail the information to the neighborhood association or contact that we have on file. 
  • Please submit your application 45 days in advance. Applications submitted with less than 45 days' notice will be charged a late fee of $25. Applications will not be accepted less than 14 days' notice.

Online

Because the application requires you to get signatures from your neighbors, you cannot complete this process fully online. You can download and return the application online though. 

Step 1.Complete the Block Party Application

Complete the Block Party Application with all of the relevant details for your planned event. The application will ask for the basic details like date, time, location, if there will be music, etc. 

The application also includes a petition that you will need to have your neighbors sign.

Block Party Application & Petition(PDF, 343KB)

Step 2.Complete the Block Party Petition

Since your block party will close a part of the street to traffic, you must obtain signatures from all of your neighbors who will be directly impacted (live in the closure area). 

Complete the Block Party Petition included with the application form and reach out to your neighbors. Explain the details of the block party and get their signature on the petition form. You will need to return this completed petition with your application. 

Step 3.Submit Your Application

Once you have completed the application and gotten approval from your neighbors, you can submit the form for review. You can email completed forms to kzooparks@kalamazoocity.org.

Step 4.Confirmation and Payment

Once your application has been received, we will follow within three days up to arrange payment of the non-refundable $100 fee. This fee covers support for the event and barricade rental for the block. It takes up to two weeks for review and approval. 

In Person

Step 1.Visit the Kzoo Parks Office

Stop by the Kzoo Parks office at Mayors' Riverfront Park during business hours to get a copy of the Block Party Application & Petition(PDF, 343KB)

Step 2.Complete the Block Party Application

Complete the Block Party Application with all of the relevant details for your planned event. The application will ask for the basic details like date, time, location, if there will be music, etc. 

The application also includes a petition that you will need to have your neighbors sign. 

Step 3.Complete the Block Party Petition

Since your block party will close a part of the street to traffic, you must obtain signatures from all of your neighbors who will be directly impacted (live in the closure area). 

Complete the Block Party Petition included with the application form and reach out to your neighbors. Explain the details of the block party and get their signature on the petition form. You will need to return this completed petition with your application. 

Step 4.Submit Your Application

Once you have completed the application and gotten approval from your neighbors, bring your completed application and petition to the Kzoo Parks Office. The non-refundable $100 fee will be due at the time of application. This fee covers support for the event and barricade rental for the block.

Step 5.Review and Confirmation

Once your application has been received it will be reviewed by our team. It takes up to two weeks for review and approval.