Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Join Us in Joining Your Neighbors for National Night Out!!

Tonight marks National Night Out across the country including here in Clark County. CRESA will be part of at least one event in the County, but we urge you to get out in your neighborhood and participate.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

Here is a list of National Night Out Events we are aware of in Clark County:

La Center   Holley Park  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ridgefield  Abrams Park 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vancouver Neighborhoods  
Carter Park   Carter Park 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 33rd & Columbia
District 1        Esther Short Park 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 8th & Columbia Sts. 
Evergreen Highlands  General Anderson Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Burdick & Arizona
Meadow Homes  Meadow Homes Park 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. E. 18th St. & General Anderson
Maplewood       MyPark 7 p.m. - Todd Road at the 3700 block of E. 18th Street
North Image     Image Elementary School 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 4400 NE 122nd Ave.
Kevanna Park   Kevanna Park 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 10500 NE 47th St.
Vancouver Heights  Lieser Crest Park 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 7510 Virginia Lane
Northwood    Van Fleet Park 6:30 p.m. 900 block of Flint Ave., Flint Ave & Topeka Ln
Friends of the CP Library   Cascade Park Library 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 600 NE 136th Ave.
Countryside Woods  Countryside Woods Park 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. NE 7th St & NE 153rd Ave
Airport Green   Hearthwood Park 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 801 NE Hearthwood Blvd.
Hearthwood     Hearthwood Park 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 801 NE Hearthwood Blvd.
Northfield      Northfield Park 5 p.m. to dusk SE 172nd Ave. & SE 20th St.
Cascade Highlands  various locations various nhood encourages individual block parties
Fircrest     Firstenburg Community Center 7 p.m. 700 NE 136th Ave.
Parkside    Diamond Park NE 145th Ave, north of 28th St.
Wildwood   Wildwood Park 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SE 27th St. & SE 143th Ave.
The Springs Apartments (in Cascade SE Nhood)  The Springs Apartments 3114 SE 147th Place

If you do not see your neighborhood listed above, this year the City of Vancouver will also have a combined National Night Out event for neighborhoods that have not planned an event of their own. This event will be held at Esther Short Park from 5pm-9pm and will include displays from various City of Vancouver departments, local businesses, and neighborhood associations and includes plenty of food and fun! Here is a sampling of what to expect:

• Vancouver Police SWAT Bearcat and Skywatch Tower
• Vancouver Fire’s Fire Prevention Trailer.
• Clark Public Utilities will be giving out compact fluorescent lights for porch lights.
• Bad Monkey Bikes will be giving out stickers for their Monkey Shield bicycle theft
   prevention program (bring your bike!)
• Vancouver Downtown Association has purchased a large bounce house for the evening
   from DINOAIR for the kids.
• Fruit Valley Neighborhood and Neighbors on Watch will be doing fingerprinting for kids.
• Ice Cream from Umpqua Bank.
• Live music provided by the Esther Short Neighborhood Association.
• A “pay as you play” bungee trampoline with proceeds to the Police Activities League

Members of the media are invited to visit any of the National Night Out events.  We hope to see you there! As always there will be plenty of fun activities and great visuals. 

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