Did you know that this summer marked the 30th anniversary of National Night Out (NNO)? August 5, to be exact. Did you know that in 2013 more than 1,400 neighborhoods in and around greater Seattle held some kind of block party for National Night Out? I had no idea until a few friends and connections recently shared about their NNO neighborhood block parties this summer.
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) introduced NNO to launch an effort to promote crime prevention, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. The city of Seattle and its surrounding suburbs are heavily invested in encouraging these gatherings to bring neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention efforts and just have a great time together. That’s pretty cool for a city thought of as occasionally frosty.
A friend of mine has been hosting NNO in her neighborhood for the past 6 years. She did it the first time simply because she thought it would be a great way to get to know her neighbors. She, like many of us, worked for many years before having children then, suddenly, she’s home with a child and looks around and doesn’t know anyone. It was time to change that.
So, she got on her town’s website, registered her event, and canvassed her neighborhood with a simply flyer.
I Was Inspired for 3 Big Reasons
Well, I have to say that I was inspired by her story – and a couple of others I’ll share in the coming weeks – enough to try doing a block party of my own. No, it’s not National Night Out and No, it’s not summer. But I think fall is a GREAT time to host a block party in Seattle. Why? Continue reading