Spfld. block party brings neighborhoods together

Block party usually draws almost 1,000 people from Old Hill and Upper Hill neighborhoods

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s Old Hill and Upper Hill residents hope neighbors getting to know one another will help increase the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The 11th annual Block Party on the Hill was held on Thursday at Springfield College. Upper Hill and Old Hill neighborhood councils teamed up with Springfield College to host this event, in hopes that this will bring neighbors closer together.

This annual block party usually draws almost 1,000 people from Old Hill and Upper Hill neighborhoods.

People get a chance to enjoy food and music and also a chance to learn about housing and community involvement opportunities.

“Neighbors know each other, interact, communicate, it makes the neighborhood safer when people know their neighbors and take care of each other,” said Peter Gagliardi from HAP Housing.

One neighbor told 22News when people know what’s going on in their neighborhood and who lives on their street, the quality of life goes up.

“This actually gives people a chance to bond, to see what the other community resources we have available to them, but most importantly it brings families together,” said Adrienne Osborne of the Upper Hill Residents Council.

The block party continued until 7 o’clock Thursday.

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