South Hill block party about community pride

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The South Hill block party won’t be about fundraising.

“This is more about our South Hill community pride and showing off all the good things we have over here,” said South Hill Community Association (SHCA) Chair Crystal Froese.

“Most people who live in South Hill think it’s the best neighbourhood.”

The second organizers meeting for the block party was held in the library at Riverview Collegiate on Thursday night. Froese said about 20 people have stepped forward to help organize the event, tentatively set for June 8.

She said the goal is to have the block party go from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and the event will be open to all Moose Javians, not just those from South Hill.

Froese and other organizers are looking to hold the block party around the strip mall at the intersection of Lillooet Street West and Fourth Avenue Southwest.

“We haven’t quite determined what the layout’s going to be, because we’re still just touching base with the businesses there,” Froese said. “We’re hoping to have it somewhere in there, maybe even on Home Street.”

Certain logistics are still being worked out in terms of permits and road closures. Froese said organizers will be in touch with the city and residents on Home Street West.

“Those are the kinds of things we’re still exploring. There are just lots of ideas out there,” Froese said.

One of those ideas is to have a parade of bicycles and tricycles, or “bikes and trikes,” as Froese put it.

The organizers decided the day will start with a pancake breakfast, followed by the parade which will require a closed street.

“We’ve come up with all different kinds of idea,” Froese said. “Everything from a backyard warrior barbecue competition, because it is a block party. And then we’re looking at ways we can get South Hill businesses involved.”

Froese said they’ll be looking for donations from businesses to cover some of the costs, but organizers are also considering the idea of having a miniature version of Sidewalk Days.

In addition to the activities, the block party will look at South Hill’s heritage with the Fourth Avenue Bridge — which Froese added is actually called the Thunderbird Bridge — and fossils, the trail system and sports groups.

After the block party, there’s the possibility of a party or a dance, depending on what can be arranged with local businesses.

The next meeting is on Feb. 12 at Riverview Collegiate at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the block party should attend the meeting.

“That’s when we’re really going to nail down what the whole day will look like,” Froese said.

Organizations: South Hill Community Association

Geographic location: South Hill, Lillooet Street West

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