(Editor’s note: This contains updated information not included in a story published in the July 31 issue of The Oakdale Leader regarding the 2019 National Night Out festivities in the community.)
Neighborhoods throughout Oakdale are invited to join forces with police and thousands of communities nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 6 for National Night Out.
National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen local neighborhoods through police-community partnerships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug awareness, support and participate in local anticrime efforts, and, to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and united with police against crime. National Night Out involves over 38.5 million people and more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states.
Oakdale Police and Neighborhood Watch Groups have planned six block parties throughout the city, including two large venues in the Burchell Hill and Bridle Ridge neighborhoods. A National Night Out kick-off event is planned to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Burchell Park. Local government leaders and public safety personnel will attend the kick-off event and then head out to the other venues throughout the city from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m.
NNO venues will include free hot dogs, refreshments and other block party goodies thanks to the many event sponsors. There is a planned car show at Burchell Park, a bounce house for children at Bridle Ridge, and a variety of other events hosted in additional neighborhoods throughout Oakdale including barbeques, potlucks, cookouts, ice cream socials, games and music. There will be visits from public safety personnel to all venues throughout the community to strengthen partnerships through conversations and to show off the community’s emergency services equipment and capabilities including fire trucks, police cars and motorcycles, police armored emergency rescue vehicle, K9 demonstrations, etc.
For more information for a block party near you or how you may volunteer to assist with this year’s and next year’s event, contact NNO Coordinators Janeen Yates or Regina Hernandez at (209) 847-2231.