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Mayor Horrigan Hosts 39th Annual National Night Out

On Thursday, August 4, 2022 Mayor Horrigan and the City of Akron will host Akron’s 39th annual National Night Out, a unique program celebrating the importance of neighborhood engagement in Akron. In total, there will be eleven National Night Out events spread throughout the city.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that promotes police-community relations and neighborhood unity. The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen participation in local programs that prevent and deter crime, in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

“I think now more than ever we need to come together in our city in positive ways, and create space for conversations and engagement,” said Mayor Horrigan. “I believe National Night Out offers an environment that is conducive to open dialogue between our residents, community organizations, faith leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement. The NNO program has deep roots in Akron and I’m looking forward to this year’s numerous events.”

“The National Night Out builds unity within our community,” said Gary Wyatt, founder of North Hill Community House. “It promotes City, Police, Community, business partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. The National Night Out triumphs over a culture that isolates us from each other and allows us to rediscover our own communities.” Mr. Wyatt is organizing the National Night Out event at Patterson Baseball Complex this year.

List of events and times for Thursday, August 4:

NNO Locations

NNO Address


NNO Event Time

Firestone Park Community Center

1480 Girard Street

Councilmember Donnie Kammer

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Reservoir Park

1835 Hillside Terrace

Councilmember Sharon Connor

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Joy Park Community Center

825 Fuller Street

Mike Dowdell

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Ed Davis Community Center

730 Perkins Woods Drive

Robert Dowdell

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Patterson Baseball Complex

955 Patterson Avenue

Gary Wyatt

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center

1730 Shatto Avenue

Councilmember Shammas Malik

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Chestnut Ridge Park

1958 Chestnut Ridge Blvd

Councilmember Mike Freeman

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Dave’s Supermarket

871 E. Exchange Street

Megan Delong

6:00 - 8:00 pm

West Hill Church of our Savior

471 Crosby Street

Reverend Debra Bennett

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Highland Square Theater

826 W. Market Street

Councilmember Nancy Holland

6:00 - 8:00pm

V.Odom Library

600 Vernon Odom Blvd

Theresa Boware

5:30 - 7:30 pm The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic/religious groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials. In all, more than 38 million people are expected to participate in NNO in more than 16,000 communities across all 50 states and beyond.


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