48 hours and counting until we celebrate our 3rd birthday and who better to celebrate it with than all you lovely folks! We want to make sure everyone has a happy, safe, and fantastic afternoon so here are a few notes to keep in mind.
1. The streets are not closed
Uptown Waterloo West isn’t known as being an overly busy neighbourhood and street entrances will be well marked by our fantastic poster crew but, keep in mind that cars could be driving through. Be sure to give them lots of space while you’re listening to all of our fantastic musicians and keep an eye on any little ones that may be roaming.
2. The event belongs to the community
That means that it’s for everyone, of all ages, all abilities, from anywhere in the region! Grab a wagon, grab a bike, throw on some shoes and come on out and have fun!
3. Check the weather!
It’s been a bit gloomy the past few days and a bit on the chilly side but, that’s supposed to change! Currently forecasted to be 21 (feels like 24), with cloudy periods, you shouldn’t need a rain coat but a sweater may be an idea. You won’t want to forget your sunscreen either. It may be a bit cloudy but, the UV index is high and we don’t want anyone going home as a lobster.
You’ll definitely want to bring a reusable water bottle with you to keep hydrated. The Uptown West Neighbourhood Association water station is located at 107 Alexandra Ave. For food, there are a bunch of fantastic restaurants in uptown that you could stop by for lunch before heading to the porch party. Also, Valu-Mart in the town square mall is just minutes away and full to the brim with snacks should you feel a bit peckish while wandering around. Remember to take home any garbage you may have.
Public washrooms can be found just minutes away in the Waterloo town square mall.
6. Bring a bell!
Both 2011 and 2012 started off with a ring, so let’s keep the party going! Bring your bike bell, a cow bell, your cellphone even and at 2pm we’ll kick off #GPP2013 together!
7. Get ready to wander
There will be ambassadors and volunteers walking around should you need any help getting somewhere. You’ll be able to identify them by their Grand Porch Party 2013 buttons. Maps will be up at the four major corners, you can check out/download our digital map, or you can just let your feet guide you.
We’re looking forward to spending a fantastic afternoon with each of you!