Neighbourhood block parties enhanced with BBQ

Anyone planning a block party may want to take a look at the Ponoka Tri-Services Neighbourhood Block Party Trailer

Anyone planning a block party may want to take a look at the Ponoka Tri-Services Neighbourhood Block Party Trailer, which is provided to residents who want to develop some community spirit in their block.

The trailer, barbecue and accompanying equipment is free to use for residents who want to bring their community together.

The unit was purchased using the Proceeds of Crime grant and through corporate sponsors in Ponoka, explained RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm. He hopes this will be a means of bringing community members together.

“We basically want neighbours to mesh well,” explained Chisholm.

He feels the barbecue will bring several benefits to residents such as opening the lines of communication and it can be a catalyst to resolving conflicts.

The commercial grade barbecue can cook up to 654 burgers an hour and comes with a fully equipped trailer, canopy and anchors, road block signs, cooking tools, tables, fire extinguisher and coolers for ice and drinks.

Fire Chief Ted Dillon says the barbecue is an ideal ice-breaker for neighbours. He receives many complaints concerning residents but does not find that they speak to each other. A block party may be an ideal time to do meet someone in a friendly setting.

“It promotes community wellness,” said Dillon.

Dillon requests a $100 cleaning cheque deposit that is returned if the barbecue is brought back clean.

“It’s for events where the community comes together,” concluded Chisholm.