We received the following email about how to start a block party. Feel free to check out the info if you've ever been interested in having a block party!
Dear Friends of Hyde Park,
The City of Austin recently created a new block party permit, allowing residents to close their street to traffic for the day to organize a block party. During a block party, neighbors enjoy a unique and memorable experience together, get to know each other, share food and activities, and let the kids play. The City's website (http://austintexas.gov/blockparty) has more information about the block party permit.
I'm working with the City to let residents know about this opportunity and I wanted to reach out to your organization and see if you can recommend any specific people or blocks in your area who I could be connected with who might be interested in organizing a block party on their street, possibly as early as this spring. I can help advise neighbors on the process, attend meetings to answer questions, and assist in any other way (FYI, this is a free service).
If it might be helpful, I'd also be happy to attend a community / Friends of Hyde Park meeting to explain more about the block party program. If you could let me know your thoughts on this that would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing from you.