Newcastle plans National Night Out events
July 31, 2014
Newcastle will join cities across the country to celebrate National Night Out Aug. 5.
The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.
National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.
The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E. Neighbors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and food for grilling on the park’s barbeque, said event coordinator Lorinda Ecklund.
Members of the Newcastle Police Department, as well as representatives from the Bellevue Fire Department, are expected to stop by Donegal Park, she added. Child safety and neighborhood-watch education will also be provided.
Neighbors will break in the city’s newest park, when they gather at Little Rhody Park from 6:30-8 p.m. The National Night Out celebration at the park, at the northeast corner of Southeast 80th Street and 113th Avenue Southeast, will offer a refreshing summer treat in strawberry shortcake.
Residents will also hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new park at 6:30 p.m.
Check with your local neighborhood leaders to see if your community is planning anything for National Night Out.
Register your neighborhood for a visit from local police and city officials by emailing Newcastle Police Department officer Kathy Decker at Kathleen.Decker@kingcounty.gov. In the email, provide the location of the gathering, the estimated number of attendees and an event time frame.
The Newcastle City Council has canceled its regular meeting, in order to participate in National Night Out festivities. The council will instead hold a budget retreat Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.
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