National Night Out Recap!

National Night Out Recap!

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National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community relationships. It occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August. The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a real sense of community. To celebrate this annual holiday, communities all over the world host festival, parties, and so much more. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities, Oakridge Neighborhood happens to be one of those communities.

This year Oakridge Neighborhood & Services celebrated National Night Out by hosting a carnival themed block party. All were welcome to attend this free event. The festivities included horseback riding, rock climbing, petting zoo, dunk tank, photo booth free food, and plenty of carnival games to choose from. Along with the numerous activities the Youth Summer Sports Academy participated in their season-ending championship games. As if that wasn’t enough the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie, made a guest appearance and presented Oakridge with a City of Des Moines Proclamation.

Even with all the many fun activities occurring, Oakridge Neighborhood was still able to accomplish the goal of National Night Out by bonding with local law enforcement, Army officials, and our Oakridge Security Personnel

“What makes this event so important is residents get the chance to interact and meet with their local law enforcement,” said Chief Operating Officer, Pat Palmer. “National Night Out is essential to building a stronger community.”

To pull this event off, we had help from our numerous supporters. The following are listed:

  • Des Moines Police
  • Atlantic Bottling Co.
  • Casey’s
  • Hy-Vee
  • United Healthcare
  • Des Moines Fire
  • Wild Wood Hills Ranch
  • Iowa Army National Guard
  • Kum & Go
  • Quik Trip

To learn how to get involved with next years National Night Out, please contact Ms. Patricia Palmer at


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