Highland Park Celebrates National Night Out Tuesday

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Highland Park Neighborhood Association announced Friday its plans to celebrate the annual National Night Out with music, roasted marshmallows and hip swinging.  The event is planned for Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Tatum Park at the corner of Holly Street and Union Avenue.

The Highland Park neighborhood, bordered by Main Street, McCallie Avenue, Willow Street and Holtzclaw Avenue, boasts roughly 1,000 historic and new homes, unique businesses, multiple not-for-profits and a diverse residential population.

National Night Out, an annual event, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Today, Highland Park continues with the event’s original tradition while implementing an extra element of fun into the program, officials said.

“National Night Out is an event celebrating and appreciating our law enforcement and other first responders. And in Highland Park, it’s also an opportunity for neighbors to get together, enjoy each other’s company, meet new friends, and have some fun,” said Mike Wilson, president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association.

Highland Park’s version of the event will include music from the Rising Fawn Social Club band, S’mores (roasted marshmallows and chocolate between two graham crackers), and hula hooping. The association is promoting its event online with a Facebook page, email blasts and in the old-fashioned way with bi-lingual flyers distributed throughout the neighborhood. 

Though the Highland Park National Night Out event is intended to focus on existing residents, the association welcomes participation from neighboring residents and businesses until the S’more fixings run out. 



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