NATIONAL NIGHT OUT -
Citizens of Columbia County are invited to the Dayton City Park on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out.
National Night Out is an annual anti-crime and anti-drug event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and co-sponsored locally by Sheriff Rocky Miller and his staff at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out in 2014. Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended National Night Out in the Dayton City Park!
National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals and drug dealers letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Dayton City Park will be filled with events and activities. Free hotdogs courtesy of Banner Bank will be served up by members of the Dayton Kiwanis and Dayton Lion’s Club and other local volunteers, while free soft drinks will be provided by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Free cold bottled water will also be provided by Royal Neighbors of America and Puget Sound Energy. Scheduled events include a close-up look at both Life Flight and Medstar helicopters, which will be flying in for display. You can have your child fingerprinted and videotaped for an emergency response identification packet by the Child Abduction Response Team. The Sheriff’s Office will have their patrol boat on display. The Washington State Patrol will be on hand providing demonstrations of their remote controlled bomb robot. Fire District #3 will be present to provide tours of their ambulances and fire trucks. The State Game Department will be here with their new large “TIPS” game education trailer. The YWCA is scheduled to provide a wide variety of kid's games and activities. Free swimming will be offered in the Dayton City Pool between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Columbia County Health System will be sponsoring a free night glow fun run beginning at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a free family movie in the park later in the evening courtesy of Blue Mountain Counseling beginning at 9:00 p.m.
32 exhibits and displays are expected to be on hand on the park lawn. In addition to the free food, exhibits and demonstrations, there will be free prize drawings conducted by many of the exhibiters all evening, but you must be present to win! So bring the family, lawn chairs or blankets and have some fun at National Night Out! Oh, and Dayton City Public Works would like to remind everyone that there are no animals allowed in the park, so unfortunately, you’ll have to leave your pets at home folks.
National Night Out is a family-oriented, alcohol and smoke-free event.