The community is invited to enjoy live music, free food and visits by Herky the Hawk and McGruff the Crime Dog as Iowa City celebrates National Night Out with four parties. 

National Night Out is set for Tues. Aug. 2, 2016, and is a nationwide effort to heighten crime and drug prevention, build partnerships between neighborhoods and police and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

All are welcome to attend the main, City wide event that will happen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wetherby Park, located at 2400 Taylor Drive. Families can enjoy the splash pads, a DJ and tours of fire trucks, police cars and an ambulance. Kids can take part in a back-pack giveaway, while also enjoying many other freebies and gifts proved by the Iowa City Police Department and Target.

Three other neighborhood specific parties will also be happening:

  •  Paddock Circle Playground, Saddlebrook Neighborhood, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  •  Tower Court Park, corner of George & Marietta Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  •  Cherry Avenue, just off of Sandusky Dr., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Iowa City Police Officers will attend all four parties and will handout safety information along with special gifts for kids. Herky and McGruff will also attend each event. 

This is the 33rd 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, Johnson County Community Partnership and the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers.

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 22, 2016