Across the country, hundreds of neighborhood communities will come together on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 for food, music, games and fun in celebration of National Night Out (NNO).
This year, the P.R.I.D.E. neighborhoods of Lewisville, La Loma, Mouzon, Rockwall, and Wilcox will celebrate at McKinney’s Wattley Park to share stories and enjoy the moment. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Activities will include music, KIDS Corner, great food, and contests such as the Attendance Battle for the most represented neighborhood and recognition of the oldest (and youngest!) residents. Other activities anticipated at this year’s NNO include a visit from McKinney’s Police and Fire Departments to talk about community awareness activities. The Community Services Department will also be available to assist residents in their coordination activities.
P.R.I.D.E. stands for Promoting Resident Involvement, Development and Enthusiasm and this year’s event will be the first concerted effort to bring all of the P.R.I.D.E. communities together for a NNO celebration. The P.R.I.D.E. Program is designed to help maintain and increase unity and sustainability in neighborhoods that do not have a formal homeowner’s association.
“We’ve celebrated past National Nights Out within our individual neighborhoods. This time, we thought it would be great to bring us all together and visit with everyone. Some of our residents are in their 70s, 80s and even 90s. We want to recognize them, hear their stories and learn from them,” said Maurice Malvern, one of the P.R.I.D.E. Area Leaders (Lewisville Community).
The NNO event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a neighborhood crime and drug
prevention event that occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is celebrated in every city, town and
village in the U.S. The McKinney Police Department coordinates participation annually with groups throughout the city. In addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention programs, NNO also strengthens neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that
“neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime!”
Join your neighbors at Wattley Park, Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate this year’s National Night Out. For more information, call the Community Services Department at 972.547.7577.
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