5. Block Party Trailer with Party Equipment

Committee: Culture & Community Facilities

Cost: $81,000

Location: Residents to request as needed

Short Description: A vehicle or trailer, equipped with supplies needed for bringing neighbors together at outdoor block parties.

Long Description: Block parties are designed to unite neighbors, strengthen communities, help promote safety, improve communication, and celebrate collective efforts within the community. When community members apply for a block party permit, they can also sign up to borrow the trailer and equipment from the City.

This project will be beneficial in neighborhoods with low-income residents, especially households/families with youth and young adults like Area IV and areas with a large concentration of seniors, during favorable weather conditions. A stronger sense of community could subsequently attract more people to the neighborhood and invariably increase property values and reputation.

The block party trailer/vehicle would come equipped with:

  • Commercial charcoal grill
  • Tiki torches
  • No Parking signs (portable barricades)
  • Portable sound system with microphone and stands (for announcements and music)
  • Traffic safety cones (to block street ends)
  • Pop-up shade canopies/tents
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Sports equipment and games
  • Trash and recycling receptacles
  • Ice chests
  • Popcorn machine
  • Snow-cone machine
  • Drink coolers
  • Generator
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher

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  • Judy Medeiros-Adams
    commented 2015-12-03 15:35:14 -0500
    I disagree that this is money well spent. I spoke to some elderly friends and none of them have any interest in going to a block party. We have great Senior Centers in Cambridge which cater to our elderly and promote a sense of community. $81,000 could be better spent on feeding the poor residents of Cambridge. The truck that could deliver frozen meals is almost half the cost. Maybe we should get two of those. People already have block parties in Cambridge, some are grossly under attended. If the neighbors want to organize a block party (and they have) they will bring the supplies needed. I’m sure someone can spare some chairs and a cooler.
    How about a trailer to keep the homeless warm when they didn’t make in time for the shelter.