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National Night Out 2019

National Night OutPRESS RELEASE

DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, August 1, 2019-
On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, residents of Des Moines are being invited to join millions of citizens and law enforcement agencies across the nation in supporting a unique crime and drug prevention event called “National Night Out”.  This is the thirtieth year that Des Moines has participated in this nationwide event and the thirty-fifth year nationally.

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.

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.

Many groups in Des Moines are hosting activities for their neighbors and members.  A variety of special events including cookouts, games, block parties, and ice cream socials are scheduled.

The Des Moines Police Neighborhood Based Service Delivery Team explains that National Night Out is an extension of our community policing efforts. 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.

Here's a list of events taking place on Tuesday, August 6 in Des Moines:

Accent Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Grandview Park (3230 Easton Blvd.)
Food and drink will be provided.
Beaverdale Neighborhood 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Snookies (Beaver & Franklin)
Free hot dogs, Bounce House, Painting Stations, Superheroes and more.
Broadway Heights Apartments 5-7 p.m.
4216 NE 50th St.
Food, Ice Cream, Outdoor Games.
Capitol East Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Ashfield Park (720 E 19th St.)
Central Iowa Shelter & Services 5:30-7 p.m.
1420 Mulberry St.
We will provide dinner, and outdoor games, planning on a live band.
Cheatom Park,
Good Park,
River Bend Neighborhood,
& Chautauqua Park Neighborhood
5:30-7:30 p.m.
John R. Grubb Community YMCA (1611 11th St.)
Food, games, prizes.
Crosswinds Apartments Clubhouse 3-4:30 p.m.
1646 Hull Ave.
Sweets, treats and balloons for the little ones. Free pencils and paper for back to school as supplies last.
Downtown Neighborhood 5:30-7 p.m.
Lexus Apartment Complex (415 SW 11th St.)
Food truck, yard games and drinks. Free food vouchers for the first 125 attendees.
Douglas Acres Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Hy-Vee Euclid Room (2450 E Euclid)
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and fun!
Drake Neighborhood 5-8 p.m.
Drake Park (2300 Drake Park)
Hamburgers provided by the Library, sides provided by El Bait Shop. Hot dogs, wading pool and games.
Easter Lake Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Easter Lake Park Shelter #1
Elsie Mason Manor/Ligutti Towers 2-4 p.m.
430 Grand
Showtime Entertainment will be providing music from 3-4pm. We will have free raffle prizes and refreshments for tenants of Elsie Apartments and Ligutti Tower.
Fairmont Park Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
2520 Hull Ave.
The Opus Taylor Band will be entertaining with slices of pizza and refreshments available while they last.
Grays Woods Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
1229 E 35th St.
Food and fun time of neighbors getting together!
Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhoods 6-8 p.m.
McHenry Park (1000 block Oak Park)
Food will be provided along with games for the kids.
Jacob’s Place Apartments 3-5 p.m.
2400 30th St.
Food & refreshments will be provided.

Indianola Hills,
McKinley School/
Columbus Park Neighborhoods

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbus Park (1921 SE 1st St)
Magnolia Park Neighborhood /
Watrous Heights
6-7:30 p.m.
South Union School (S Union and Leach)
Food/beverages; face painting, dance group; soccer w/some demonstration and instruction, archery set up for kids, some school supply handout (while supplies last); 5-10 back packs to be raffled.
Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood 6-8:30 p.m.
MLK Jr. Park (1650 Garfield St.)
Food, games and school supply handouts.
Merle Hay Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Northwest Community Center (5110 Franklin Ave.)
Food, games, face painting.
North of Grand Neighbors 6-8 p.m.
Boesen the Florist (3801 Ingersoll)
Hot dogs and the Kona Ice truck.
Oakridge Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Play City Area (926 Oakridge Drive)
Carnival games and food, along with Wild Wood Hills Horse Troop, petting zoo and Iowa’s Army National Guard.
River Hills II 5-8 p.m.
916 E 6th St.
Hot dogs, chips, drinks, face painting and bouncy houses.
Rosemont Place &
Sutton Hill Apartments
5-6:30 p.m.
2100 SE King Ave.
Kids activities and food.
The Scott 6-8 p.m.
700 E 5th St.
BBQ, games & music.
Salisbury Oaks Neighborhood 6-7 p.m.
Greenwood Park
Neighborhood picnic.
Sheridan Gardens Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Sheridan Methodist Church (4100 E Sheridan Ave.)
Food & Fun!
Sherman Hill 6-8 p.m.
Mickle Center (1620 Pleasant St.)
BBQ, bring a side dish and lawn chairs.
Somerset Apartments 4:30-6:30 p.m.
6620 SE 5th St.
Yard games & outdoor activities.
Southwestern Hills Neighborhood 5-7 p.m.
Wakonda Christian Church (4938 Fleur Dr.)
Dinner catered by HyVee including burgers, dogs, polish, fruit, salad, chips, cookies and a variety of drinks. We will have face painting and draw for free prizes.
South Park Neighborhood 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jordan Park (600 E Wall)
Wading pool, free nachos provided by 5 de Mayo; drinks, games and prizes.
Summit House 6-8 p.m.
2880 Grand Ave.
Salad supper & dessert.
Union Park Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Union Park United Methodist Church (2305 E 12th St.)
Food, games, DJ music, giving out school supplies.
Vine St. Lofts & Metro Lofts 4-6 p.m.
101 2nd Ave.
Fiesta Party!!!
Waterbury Neighborhood 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Polk & Ingersoll
It is an ice cream social. We will a bike safety clinic, free bike helmets, a zoo animal exhibit, and more.
Waveland Park 6-8 p.m.
Roosevelt Shopping district (42nd & Chamberlin Ave.)
Bounce House, and activities for kids and music.
Waveland Woods Neighborhood 6-8 p.m.
Windsor School Playground (5912 University)
Ice cream truck, caricature artist and drawing for amazing prize.
Woodland Heights Neighborhood 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chamberlain Park (2150 Woodland Ave.)
Grilling hot dogs, side dishes and dessert. Come hungry. Bring the kids. This family-friendly event will feature several activities for children to enjoy.

Lt. Larry Davey
Operations Division, C.O.P.S. Bureau, Des Moines Police Department

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