“Own the Night, Own your Community” National Night Out 2014

The City of Champaign will recognize National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 4-8 p.m.

National Night Out (NNO) is a designated evening when communities across America come together to take a stand against crime. To celebrate the nationwide event, residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors. The City of Champaign has partnered with the Champaign Park District and registered neighborhood groups to host events throughout the community. Neighborhood events will include block parties, entertainment, Champaign Police Department, demonstrations and more.

National Night Out is designed to generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and improve relationships between the police department and local residents.

Neighborhood groups and organizations registered with the City of Champaign were given an opportunity to apply for grant fund to host their own Annual National Night Out Celebration in their neighborhoods. Seven groups successfully completed grant applications for the event funds
this year!

In addition, the Champaign Park District is hosting a Sounds at Sunset event in Douglass Park that will run concurrent with the seven neighborhood group events on the same night. This will give those who do not have established neighborhood groups or did not apply for the funds an opportunity to go and celebrate the event.

To find a National Night Out event in the community, please check with your local neighborhood watch group or visit the Champaign Park District’s Sounds at Sunset/NNO event at Douglass Park from 6-8 PM.

To learn more about how to register your neighborhood group with the City of Champaign, contact Neighborhood Services Department-Neighborhood Coordination Division at (217) 403-7070.

For more information on National Night Out, visit www.nationalnightout.org/nno.

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