Grand Rapids will be joining cities and towns across the country on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 to support National Night Out. The initiative is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Police Department as well as neighborhood associations around the city.

The goal of the initiative is to generate support for anti-crime efforts, heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and encourage cooperation between community and law enforcement.

During the evening, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn out their outdoor lights and hang out on their porches or lawns or in their neighborhood parks. There will also be special events hosted throughout the city.

In a release, Julie Niemchick, GRPD crime prevention coordinator said,

National Night Out is a night when residents can reclaim their streets in a fun and positive way. Some neighborhoods have chosen to make this night particularly significant as they coordinate a variety of family friendly activities to get everyone involved.

The neighborhood events planned throughout the city are:

  • Baxter Neighborhood Association - Location TBA - 6-8pm
  • Fuller Area Neighbors and MLK Association - Fuller Ave Church - 1239 Fuller SE - 6-7:30 pm.
  • Heritage Hill Association - Pleasant Park - 400 Pleasant St. SE - 6-8pm
  • John Ball Area Neighbors and West Grand Neighborhood Association - Lincoln Park - 1120 Bridge St. NW - 6-8pm
  • Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association - 1050 Iroquois SE - 6:30-8:30pm
  • Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association - Caulfield Park - 1121 Caulfield SE - 4-6pm
  • Oakdale Neighbors - 1480 Kalamazoo Ave SE - Time TBA

On that day, the City of Gran Rapids will also be opening up its public pools for free. Free swim hours will be hosted at:

  • Briggs Park Pool - 350 Knapp St. NE - 1-4pm
  • Martin Luther King Park Pool - 900 Fuller St. NE - 1-4pm and 5-8pm
  • Richmond Park Pool - 1101 Richmond St. NW - 1-4pm and 5-8pm

Capacity limits will be in place at all of the pools to allow for social distancing.

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