SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 11,000 communities across the country are gearing up to celebrate this year’s National Night Out, an event designed to prevent crime in cities and towns.
The event was originally created more than 30 years ago, but this year, it’s message might be more important than ever.
The recent wave of shootings across the country has brought a special significance to this year’s National Night Out campaign. More than 10,000 communities across the country plan on participating to try and prevent crime and drugs by promoting awareness and safety.
Springfield Police will be sponsoring the event Tuesday night at 11 different locations in Springfield. All of the events will include free food, drinks, activities, and games.
To celebrate National Night Out, residents in neighborhoods throughout Springfield and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with the neighbors, friends and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Springfield will be hosting a variety of special events.
Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News National Night Out is designed to heighten crime, drug, and gang prevention awareness, generate support for ani-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are fighting back.
Night Out schedule:
- Calhoun Park– Jefferson St. and Calhoun St. 5-8 p.m., music, food, community bonding- sponsored by: community police and crime watch
- Marshall Roy Field, behind Pottenger School- 1437 Carew St. 5:30-7:00+ p.m., food, face painting, games, DJ- sponsored by: the East Springfield Neighborhood Council/ Kathy Brown
- Myrtle Street playgroud– 117 Main St. Indian Orchard- 6-9 p.m., DJ, hotdogs, beverages, games and prizes- sponsored by: the Indian Orchard Community Police Task Force
- Concord Heights/ Outing Park– 37 Saratoga St. 3-6 p.m., food and music- sponsored by: First Resource Companies
- Worthington/ City View– 26 Federal Court 3-6 p.m., music and food- sponsored by: First Resource Companies
- Mason Square Apts.– 837 State St. 3-6 p.m., music and food- sponsored by: First Resource Companies
- Nathan Bill Park– 149 Plumtree Rd. 6-8 p.m., band, entertainment, food and face-painting- sponsored by: East Forest Park Civil Association
- Allen Park Apts.– 251 Allen Park Rd. 5-9 p.m., bounce house, music, games and food- sponsored by: Allen Park Apts.
- Mason Square sector F (Bay, Old Hill, Mcknight, Upperhill neighborhood council- William DeBerry School Playgroud 670 Union St. 5:30-8 p.m., peace walk, food, and DJ
- Forest Park C-3– White Street School 300 White Street 4:30-8 p.m., DJ and food
- Nahorniak Park– Breckwood Blvd. 6-8 p.m., DJ and food