First Annual Haney Block Party Brings Maple Ridge Community Together
On Saturday August 27, Haney Builders Supplies held its first annual Haney Block party, which saw hundreds of locals gather at the store to take part in a wide range of activities.
The party included a large inflatable obstacle course for kids, a climbing wall, live music, a beer garden, food trucks, a car show and a live furniture building competition .
This was all born out of a collaboration between Haney Builders Supplies and a local artist named Laura Johnson, who said the whole endeavor was a major learning experience.
“It’s my first time as an event manager for something like this,” she said.
“We really want this to be a gathering place for local businesses,” said Haney Builders Supplies general manager Alex Yakovyshenko. “A place where everyone can come together and support the community while having fun.”
Admission to the event was free, but visitors had the opportunity to contribute money by bidding on gift baskets donated by various local businesses, with all proceeds going to the Friends in Need Food Bank Society.
Visitors more carpentry-inclined could also enter the live building competition to give back to charity.
“There’s a new community center just down the street that has 20 starter suites aimed at young, first-time tenants,” Johnson explained. “These are people who don’t have furniture or anything and can’t afford much.”
“The goal of the building contest was to build them 20 tables that they could use, one for each suite. Unfortunately, some teams dropped out for one reason or another, so to help us get to that number of 20, the high school woodworking class is going to lend a hand.
These newly constructed tables will go to the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services building called Cornerstone Landing on 228th Street.
Johnson and Yakovyshenko are already targeting next year’s event, which they say will involve even more activity.
“Next year we want to partner with the city,” Johnson said. “The plan is to shut down part of 228th Street and make it all bigger.”
“The purpose of this thing is to provide a place where people can laugh, have fun and spread joy,” Yakovyshenko added. “We’re all about the positive vibes here.”
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