2021 National Night Out Events

National Night Out 2019

Press Release

DES MOINES, IOWA — On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, residents of Des Moines are invited to join millions of community members and law enforcement agencies across the nation in supporting National Night Out, a unique crime and drug prevention event. This will be the 32nd year that the Des Moines Police Department has participated in the event.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen community spirit and police neighborhood cooperation; and most importantly, to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back against crime.

Nationally, the National Association of Town Watch sponsors this event. In Des Moines, the Des Moines Police Department as well as the various Neighborhood Associations and local businesses sponsor and support these activities.

National Night Out is an extension of our community policing efforts, and is coordinated by the Des Moines Police Department’s Neighborhood Based Service Delivery (NBSD) section. We encourage interaction and cooperation between citizens, police, fire, neighborhood groups, drug treatment, education, and prevention programs. This collaboration is critical to effectively deal with problems related to drugs, gangs, and other quality of life issues for neighborhoods.

Residents are asked to turn on their porch lights, as well as get outside and enjoy their neighborhood. Several activities are planned throughout Des Moines. We will be celebrating the greatest resource of Des Moines - its neighborhoods. We hope you will join us at the neighborhood events!

A special thanks goes out to our Neighborhood Associations, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, the Des Moines Fire Department, and many other local businesses for their continued support of National Night Out!

Beaverdale Neighborhood 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Beaver & Franklin
50 cent cones @ Snookies; Isiserettes @ 6:30PM, Clown, free hot dogs @ Price Chopper, Painting Stations, DC & Marvel Superheroes, visits from Drake Athletics and more.
Central Iowa Shelter & Services 6-7:30 p.m.
1420 Mulberry St.
We will provide dinner, and outdoor games, planning on a live band.
Cheatom Park, King-Irving,
Mondamin-Presidential, Good Park,
River Bend, & Chautauqua Park
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cheatom Park
Will be providing entertainment and food.
Douglas Acres Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Hy-Vee Euclid Room- 2540 E Euclid
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and fun!
Drake Neighborhood 5-8 p.m.
Drake Park- 2300 Drake Park
Food and beverage.
Easter Lake Neighborhood 6-7:30 p.m.
Easter Lake Park Shelter #1
Bring your own sack lunches.
Elsie Mason Manor/
Ligutti Towers
3-4:30 p.m.
Newbury Living: 9th floor, Ligutti Tower rooftop, 555 5th Ave.
Refreshments, entertainment, games, and free raffle prizes for tenants of Elsie and Ligutti.
Fairground Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
DMFD Station HQ, 2715 Dean Ave.
Free food, yard games, hayrack ride, rapid response vehicles and more.
Fairmont Park Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Fairmont Park 2520 Hull Ave.
We will have food and beverage available.
Highland Park &
Oak Park Neighborhoods
6-8 p.m.
McHenry Park
Food & beverages will be provided, music, a cake walk, bounce house, lawn games & games for the kids.
Indianola Hills & McKinley School
/Columbus Park Neighborhoods
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbus Park - 1921 SE 1st Street
Food and yard games.
Jacob's Place Apartments 2-5 p.m.
2400 30th St
Ice cream & baked goods & refreshments will be provided.
Magnolia Park Neighborhood
& South Park
6-7:30 p.m.
South Union School (South Union and Leach)
Food/beverages; face painting, dance group; soccer w/some demonstration and instruction, some school supply handout (while supplies last); 5- backpacks to be raffled.
Merle Hay Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Tower Park; 4900 Hickman Rd.
Food, door prizes, vendor tables, family entertainment.
Oakridge Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Play City Area; 926 Oakridge Drive
Snacks and drinks.
Pioneer Park 5:30-8 p.m.
Evergreen Park, SE 22nd & Park Ave.
Raffle prizes, snacks, drinks, and activities for kids.
Rosemont Place &
Sutton Hill Apartments
5-7 p.m.
2100 SE King Ave.
Kids activities and grilled food.
Sherman Hill 6 p.m. until dark
Hoyt Sherman Place lawn
Hoyt Sherman Place lawn; “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, free ice cream and food by Palms Caribbean Cuisine food truck.
Southwestern Hills Neighborhood 5-7:15 p.m.
Wakonda Christian Church- 4938 Fleur Drive
Dinner catered by HyVee including burgers, fruit, cookies and drinks. We will have prizes and attractions!
Union Park Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Union Park United Methodist Church-2305 E 12th St.
Food, games & prizes, DJ music.
Waterbury Neighborhood 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Polk Blvd & Ingersoll.
Ice cream, Blank Park Zoo program with animals from the rain forest, Sidewalk Chalk and other kids' games, free water station, DMFD & DMPD.
Watrous Heights 5-7 p.m.
Park Avenue School, 3141 SW 9th.
Drinks, candy, games, face painting, two-time State Soccer champion teaching kids the game, four-wheel race vehicles on display and representation from the US Marine Corp.
Waveland Park 6-8 p.m.
Perkins Elementary School; 4301 College Ave.
Live Music, bounce house, games and prizes and getting to know your neighbors.
Waveland Woods Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Windsor School Playground 5912 University (on the east side)
Ice cream truck, caricature artist, balloon artist face painting and drawing for amazing prize.
Woodland Heights Neighborhood 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chamberlain Park, 2150 Woodland Avenue
Time with neighbors and activities for kids. Water and cool treats provided.

Sergeant Paul Parizek
Public Information Officer, Des Moines Police Department
(515) 720-4043