South Hill planning block party

Nathan Liewicki
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The return of South of the Bridge Days could happen next summer – under a different banner.

South Hill Community Association (SHCA) Chair Crystal Froese spoke with the Times-Herald on Friday regarding plans to create a block party event.

“Through the South Hill planning process … there has been some interest for an event of some sort to bring the community together,” Froese said.

The first informational meeting to develop plans for the block party was held Tuesday. Froese said there were about a dozen people that made it out to the meeting, a sign she believes the community is eager for a new event in South Hill.

According to Froese, some of the people who showed up at the meeting happened to have been on past organizing committees for South of the Bridge Days.

“We did a little bit of brainstorming about what the event might look like – real preliminary stuff,” said Froese.

She also noted that June 8, 2014 is the date the SHCA is currently looking at for holding the block party.

“We've got some great ideas about identifying this end of town with banners and marketing it in order to bring the community together,” said Froese. “This event would fit right in with where we were going.”

She told the Times-Herald the next step is to engage with South Hill businesses. Froese added they are looking at locating the event around the Four Avenue Southwest core businesses.

“Calling it a block party we thought would be something a little different, but it would promote our neighbourhood and is really going to be focused on families and kids,” said Froese.

The next informational meeting to discuss the block party’s possibility will be held Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., in Riverview Collegiate’s upstairs library. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: South Hill Community Association, Times-Herald

Geographic location: South Hill

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