For the 15th year, the McKinney Fire and Police Departments join forces with communities across the city to celebrate the National Association of Town Watch’s well-known and celebrated program called National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our police officers and fire fighters to personally interact with our community. Together, we can celebrate our safe city and also extend our relationships to continue to make McKinney one of the safest cities in the country,” said National Night Out coordinator and McKinney Police Officer Randy Haak.
The annual event serves to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Neighborhoods interested in participating should contact the McKinney Police Department at 972-547-2700. The first City Council meeting in August will be held Monday, Aug. 1, to allow the community to participate in National Night Out. Typically, Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
This year the P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Resident Involvement, Development and Enthusiasm) neighborhood groups, including Lewisville, La Loma, Mouzon, Rockwall and Wilcox will gather at Wattley Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The P.R.I.D.E. Program is designed to help maintain and increase sustainability in neighborhoods that do not have a homeowner association. For more information about this P.R.I.D.E. event please contact the Community Services Department at 972-547-7577.
Historic Neighborhood Association Plans for National Night Out
The Historic Neighborhood Association, in keeping with our yearly tradition, has something very special planned this year! We are hosting free trolley rides connecting three locations…on Waddill, Benge and Parker… The McKinney Trolley will run continuously from 6-9 pm, allowing neighbors to connect at each site. Refreshments provided include watermelon, hotdogs, chips, softdrinks and water…(BYOB for more cultivated tastes)
Nina Ringley’s Benge Street stop will have a pool with lifeguard on duty. Susan Beer’s Waddill Street stop will have live music on the patio. Marcie Fox & Janet Landers have combined efforts on Parker Street to host McGruff and various kids activities. Refreshemnts at each site…(but none allowed on the Trolley).
Officer Randy Haak met with us to discuss how the police and fire departments will each make appearances to emphasize neighborhood awareness for safety and security concerns.