The Seattle Police Foundation in partnership with Target, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Belltown Community Council and the Belltown Business Association will be hosting a community Night Out event to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our community.
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 the Downtown community will unite once again for the Second Annual Downtown Night Out at Bell Street Park from 5- 8 p.m. Night Out is an opportunity for residents to come together in support of public safety and safer neighborhoods. This community event will provide residents with crime prevention tips and an opportunity to meet their neighbors over free food, games and live music, as well as an opportunity to meet the Seattle Police Department’s specialty units including K-9, mounted patrol and more.
The community is also celebrating the completion of the first block (1st – 2nd Avenue) of Bell Street Park . The entire park will run from 1st and 5th Avenues on Bell Street and will open in December 2013. Construction is underway on block 2 and 3 from 3rd – 5th and construction on the final block from 2nd – 3rd will begin after Labor Day.
This is the second year that a Night Out event is taking place in Downtown Seattle, providing an opportunity for Downtown’s growing residential community to get to know their neighbors and learn more about public safety. Bell Street Park was selected as the ideal location for Downtown Night Out as upon completion it will be a unique park for Seattle, providing much needed community open space for the high density Belltown neighborhood. The project converts one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park-like corridor through the heart of Belltown on Bell Street.
Night Out is a national event and Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with more than 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2012. Night Out is a unique opportunity to bring neighborhoods together to talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and have a great time while doing it.
With crime rates at near record lows for Seattle, we want to celebrate our success and continue our efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe. If you have a neighborhood that has seen a decrease in crime, it is a time to celebrate your achievements. If you have ongoing crime problems you are working on, it is a chance to renew your focus, start a Block Watch if you haven’t already, and take a public stand against crime in your neighborhood.
The Seattle Police Foundation is joining Target, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, Belltown Community Council, and the Belltown Business Association to make this event possible.
For more information on the Night Out, the Seattle Police Foundation, Target, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Seattle Hotel Association and Bell Street Park: