The City of Wichita will celebrate Neighborhood Night Out from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Neighborhood Night Out is an annual event that promotes public safety. It combats crime by encouraging neighbors to get to know one another through neighborhood parties, picnics, cookouts and other social gatherings over one designated evening. Formerly celebrated as National Night Out and Celebrate Safe Communities, Neighborhood Night Out is in its second year. Elected officials, police officers, firefighters and other City staff will attend neighborhood parties.
“Neighborhood Night Out is a great way to get to know your neighbors, so you can look out for one another and keep your area safe,” Mayor Jeff Longwell said.
To encourage participation, the City will waive park fees for groups that want to hold their gathering in a neighborhood park. While supplies last, the City also will provide barricades at no charge to groups that want to block off a portion of the street for their event. The registration form for parties is available online, as well as the form for street closures. Register by visiting www.wichita.gov:
• Click on the “Government” tab and then “Police;”
• Click on the “Forms” button and a drop down menu will appear; and
• Click the last item on the drop down menu and fill out the Neighborhood Night Out registration form.
The City is encouraging neighborhoods to start planning now. It’s up to neighborhoods to decide how to celebrate. Options include holding a block party, picnic, ice cream social, cookout, and more. For more information, please contact the Wichita Police Department at (316) 268-4165.