Join your neighbors and local law enforcement for this annual community party!

Five National Night Out events are scheduled in Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 as part of a nationwide effort to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, build partnerships between neighborhoods and police, and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

Live music, free food and beverages, and a variety of family-friendly events are scheduled, along with appearances by Herky the Hawk, the University of Iowa mascot, and McGruff the Crime Dog. 

The public is invited to attend the evening's main event, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive. Festivities include live music by DJ Juan Santiago, games, kids' backpack give-away, tours of an Iowa City Fire truck, Iowa City Police cars, and Johnson County ambulances, family fun in the park's splash pad, and numerous handouts and gifts provided by the Iowa City Police Department and Target. 

Four other neighborhood parties are scheduled at the following locations:

  • Tower Court Park, corner of George/Marietta Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Montrose Ave. and Broofield, 115 Montrose Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Sugar Loaf Circle, 896 Sugar Loaf Circle, from 6 to 8 p.m. 
  • Windsor Ridge Community, Coventry Court Island, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Iowa City Police Officers will attend all parties to meet neighbors, distribute safety information, and hand out special gifts to children. Herky and McGruff will also visit all of the block parties.

This is the 34th annual National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Iowa City Police Department with support from Target, and the Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers. Nationwide, more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states and over 38 million people are expected to participate in this year's events. 

For more information, contact Officer A. Hayes at, or call the Crime Prevention Office at 319-356-5273.

Date of publication

Friday, July 14, 2017