Pasadena neighborhoods plan events to celebrate National Night Out
On Tuesday, October 4, residents across Pasadena will be enjoying a night out.
That evening, neighborhoods throughout the city will host parties, barbeques, parades, ice cream socials, games or other activities as part of National Night Out. But although there will be an abundance of both, the night isn’t just about fun and games; it’s about neighbors across our city and in communities throughout the state coming together for an important purpose.
“National Night Out was designed to heighten crime awareness, promote drug prevention and strengthen police community relations,” said Mollie Payne, in the police department’s Community Services Division.
The idea behind the event is that it provides a way for neighbors to meet, build camaraderie and get involved in crime watches and other crime prevention programs.
It also allows people the chance to meet City leaders and emergency responders. The Oct. 4 City Council meeting will be held at 5 p.m. (with pre-Council at 4:30 p.m.) to allow City leaders the opportunity to participate in the night’s events. Neighborhoods that are planning events that evening can request visits from Mayor Johnny Isbell, members of City Council and various City department heads.
In addition, officers from the Pasadena Police Department’s Community Services Division, Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, Bicycle Patrol and Gang Task Force will be available to visit parties, as will members of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department and East Texas Medical Center Ambulance Service.
Nationally, the National Night Out program has steadily grown since it began in 1984, hitting an all-time high last year, when more than 37 million people across the country participated in the event. It has been tremendously popular in Pasadena as well, regularly involving between 20-40 neighborhoods across the city. This year, event organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout in Pasadena.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in National Night Out. Already, many neighborhoods, including Queens, Fairmont Estates, Burke Meadows and Parkview South, to name just a few, have signed up to participate and are planning their events. Both resident officers’ neighborhoods will also be having parties, as will a few apartment complexes. But for those groups that haven’t signed up yet, there is still time.
To find out more about scheduling an event or to a request for a visit at your neighborhood’s event, please call the Police Department’s Community Services Division at (713) 475-7071.