The Redding Police Department, along with representatives of city government and the neighborhoods in Redding, are preparing for this year’s National Night Out Celebration. The event will be held tonight (Tuesday, August 2) in numerous neighborhoods around our city and usually lasts from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
(Update: Please see below for the city’s list of National Night Out gatherings, released today. If you know of another in the North State region, please feel free to share in the comments section, below this story.)
This is the 28th anniversary for National Night Out and the 23rd year the Redding Police Department has participated. Last year, approximately 37 million people in 15,110 communities around the world celebrated National Night Out. Here in Redding, numerous block parties were organized. All citizens are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and join their neighbors outdoors.
The evening is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug abuse awareness
- Generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community relations
- Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Below is a list of the block parties the Redding Police Department will be attending that are open to the public. The block parties will start between 6:30 and 7 p.m. and end around 9 p.m. Media representatives are welcome to visit those parties that are open to the entire neighborhood. The Redding Aquatic Center party is open to the public and there is a fee to enter the Aquatic Center (see the City of Redding website for more information).
- 3550 Churn Creek Rd. – Marquis Care Shasta parking lot, 5 p.m.
- New Gold Hills Club house – 1950 Gold Hills Dr., 6 p.m.
- Vista Ridge Park – corner of Whet Owl Lane and Tanglewood Dr., 6 p.m.
- East Oak Park – corner of Lofty Oaks Dr. & Arizona Ave., 7 p.m.
- MLK Park – corner of Sheridan St. and West St., 7 p.m.
- Redding Aquatic Center – 44 Quartz Hill Rd., 7 p.m.
Residents who are not in an area having a block party are encouraged to show their commitment to keeping their neighborhood crime-free by leaving their porch lights on all night long for National Night Out.
City Council Members, department heads, fire fighters, and police officers will be visiting block parties throughout the evening. There will be barbecues, ice cream socials, and potlucks planned by various block groups.
This is the second year the Redding Police Department received a $500 grant from Target to help with National Night Out. The funds will be used to purchase Neighborhood Watch signs and items to be given out at National Night Out parties.
More information about National Night Out can be found at: www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno/history.html
Redding residents who would like to plan a neighborhood block party, and would like law enforcement and city management to attend, should contact C.S.O. Mike Leonard at (530) 225-4228.
-from press release
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