First Annual Park Drive Block Party!

Written by Elena Chan, Director of Community Development

Last week, with the help of several Park Drive neighbors, Mission Adelante hosted a block party! The goal of this event was to connect with our neighbors and cultivate a greater sense of community and friendship. It was a perfect opportunity for neighbors to learn more about Mission Adelante because many of them were unaware of the services we offered the community. Together we shared great food, enjoyed fun activities, and got to know each other.

Marlena Phiakeo is one of the neighbors who helped coordinator the block party. Marlena is a great neighbor; she is active in the community through both advocacy and service. She takes time during her week to volunteer with Mission Adelante’s Arts Community on Mondays and with Kids Adelante on Thursdays. Marlena was essential in making the block party possible. She asked her neighbors to sign a petition in order to close off 19th street for the block party and encouraged them to come participate in the event.

Another neighbor who was a big part of the organizing committee was Miss Dorothy. She suggested having the block party, recalling how 15 years ago her daughter learned to ride a bicycle during a similar event. She said that many things have changed since that last block party - only a few of the original neighbors remain. The block party was a community event that everyone felt needed to be revived and could be used to bring our community together once again. It was a great idea!

Thank you to Park Drive neighborhood for allowing us to be a part of this community event!


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