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Arvada program aims to connect residents

54 neighborhood groups already signed up


Since launching in February, the city of Arvada Neighbors Connected program has had 54 neighborhood groups sign up.

“There’s a lot of excitement around this program,” said Charise Canales, neighborhood engagement coordinator for City of Arvada. “Arvadans really want to get involved and improve their community.”

But not all residents know how to do that — which is why the program was started.

As summer approaches, Canales and the city want to make sure residents are aware of the tools and resources available to neighborhoods to spark connection and create fellowship.

Some of those resources include the block party trailer; neighborhood movies; grants for block parties, organizing a neighborhood and for neighborhood improvements; a neighborhood leader network; and an upcoming neighborhood of the year award.

The block part trainer is filled with tables, chairs, lawn games and coolers — everything needed to throw a block party. It is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April through September.

The movie program allows residents to rent a 12-foot inflatable movie screen, a projector, DVD player, sound system and extension cords. Neighbors provide their own movies.

“We want people to understand the value of knowing your neighbors and we think these tools will help them cultivate a community where they become friends,” Canales said. “Neighbors that are more connected feel safer and can feel more pride and create sense of belonging.”


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