News Blog: PBOT expands block party pilot area for 2018 season

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Holding a safe and fun block party in your neighborhood has never been easier!
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Map of the 2017 (orange) and 2018 (blue + orange) Block Party Pilot Area. PBOT has partnered with nine community organizations for the Pink Barricade Lending Program.

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(May 4, 2018) Have you heard? Block parties are now free throughout Portland! That's right, you can get a permit for a neighborhood block party for zero dollars! Not only that, but the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is pleased to announce that we have doubled the size of our Pink Barricade Lending Zone for 2018. This means more Portland neighborhoods will be celebrating in their streets this spring, summer and fall with easy access to our pink block party barricades.

The original pilot project was launched in neighborhoods in East Portland with great success in 2017. Portland residents in these neighborhoods told PBOT that the free Block Party permit and free barricade checkouts made hosting a block party a breeze. Many said that they plan to make block parties a new tradition, having connected with their neighbors in new, meaningful ways.

To keep this momentum going, PBOT has expanded the Pink Barricade Lending Zone by adding 26 neighborhoods in Southwest, North, and East Portland (see map above).  This addition almost doubles the number of neighborhoods who can check out our bright and fun pink street barricades for free.

Thank you, community partners!

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The numbers on the map above are the community organizations that have partnered with PBOT for easy barricade check in/out. The Pink Barricade Lending Zone could not have been possible without those organizations who tirelessly work to serve their communities. PBOT and our partners strive to build community, so our partnership is a genuine effort towards creating resilient neighborhoods. 

PBOT Community Partners (on map above)

  1. Hacienda CDC @ Living Cully Plaza
  2. East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
  3. Rose Community Development @ Leander Court Partnership
  4. Montavilla Community Center
  5. Mt. Scott Community Center
  6. East Portland Community Center (EPCC)
  7. St Johns Center for Opportunity
  8. Charles Jordan Community Center
  9. Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

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Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, new to Portland or a native, living in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone or not, PBOT wants to help you open your street to celebrate the return of sunny weather, connect with your neighbors, have a BBQ on your block and create a safe space for kids to play.

Visit to start your application today!