National Night Out is Aug. 7

For those interested in helping strengthen the Creswell community, consider coming to National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in town.
This is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harry Holt Park.
”It’s a first responder-connection event,” Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Sergeant Scott Denham said. LCSO deputies and South Lane County Fire & Rescue responders will be at the event to connect with the community and to answer any questions.
”National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” according to the campaign. ”Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
The event will be fun, Denham said. ”There will be free food, lots of information, vendors and displays. We’ll have a dunk tank for cops to sit in, a big, inflatable obstacle course to run through, games to play and the Touch-a-Truck program will be there.”
The Duck Truck also will be serving free hot dogs for the first 300 customers.
This is the first year for the event in Creswell, though nationally, the campaign is in its 35th year. Once Sergeant Denham went full-time in 2017, coordinating this event for the Creswell community was on the top of the list of things to do, he said.
National Night Out usually works with Neighborhood Watch groups. Nationally, neighborhoods will have a block party and register with National Night Out and law enforcement will come and join the party. But Creswell doesn’t have an official Neighborhood Watch, so the City of Creswell is hosting the event.
”Hopefully this event will spark the conversation about getting an official Neighborhood Watch in the future,” Denham said.



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