Neighborhood Block Parties 

CGA is working to help neighbors connect more with each other at the quadrant, block and street level. There are a number of ways that neighbors can get to know each other to build relationships that enhance neighborliness.


How to Organize Neighborhood Block Parties

Start a tradition in your neighborhood by planning a block party. Neighborhood block parties are a fun way to meet neighbors, build friendships, and develop a sense of belonging and security among residents. 

The idea of a neighborhood block party is to bring neighbors together. It’s a good idea to find 1 or 2 neighbors to help you with the event and form a Host Committee. Ask for volunteers to head up various tasks, like coordinating food, permits, activities, cleanup, etc.

AN EASY HOW-TO GUIDE or Download AN EASY HOW-TO GUIDE in pdf format.


National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that takes place in October that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.


To plan a National Night Out party you first need to register your Neighborhood Watch group with the Crump Station.  Don't have Neighborhood Watch on your block? Contact Crump Station for guidance. This is another great way to meet your neighbors.

Memphis Police Dept - Crump Station (West Precinct)
949 EH Crump Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 636-4600
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Hours: Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Cop Stop Parties

Want to show appreciation and support for our community's police officers but are not sure how? You might want to hold a "Cop Stop" at your home! Cop Stops were created locally years ago as a means to show gratitude for our men and women in blue. Cop Stops are typically held in the late afternoon, into early evening and officers are invited to stop by for a snack or light dinner. You are encouraged to invite your neighbors to attend, as well, to greet and thank the officers as they make their stops. Questions? FAQs

In Central Gardens, you are asked to contact Officer Melanie Dorsey at Crump Station. She can help you determine a date/time to hold your Cop Stop and she will be certain that the officers know to come by. Please alert Crump Station at least a month in advance. Also, email us at CGA to let us know about your Cop Stop!


Block Party Bucks

Central Gardens residents have a long history of neighborhood gatherings. With our large porches and open yards, the design of Central Gardens is the ideal setting to interact and mingle with your neighbors. In addition, the best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. Central Gardens Association would like to support neighbors’ block parties with some bucks (cash)!

To qualify you must:

  • Be a resident of Central Gardens.You do not have to be a member of CGA to host a party, but we encourage you to become a member.

  • Register well in advance of your event.

  • Let us know how many neighbors you plan to invite.

  • One person on your block must serve as a block captain or contact person.

  • A CGA staff member, board member or committee member must be invited to attend  the event on behalf of CGA. We will provide CGA related materials for your guests. We will also take photos to share in our eNews. 

Use of funds:

  • Funds are limited, so they are distributed on a first come, first served basis. CGA will give your block up to $100.

  • You cannot use Block Party Bucks for alcohol or equipment rental.

  • You may use funds for food, soft drinks and other supplies for your party. These include items such as table covers, paper goods, printed flyers or invitations.

  • You must turn in your receipts to CGA within one week after your event.

We encourage you to use the Block Party Toolkit available on our website ( as an excellent resource to plan your event. If you need assistance regarding a street closure, please email [email protected].

The Central Gardens Association wants to create opportunities to build community, build awareness of safety issues and build a sense of community among its residents. Above all, we want you to have fun and enjoy our beautiful neighborhood!

Email [email protected] to register your group.