Mountlake Terrace has been selected again as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation in the “29th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime, drug and violence prevention program by the National Association of Town Watch.
Approximately 700 people celebrated the Mountlake Terrace National Night Out Against Crime event on Aug. 7. Organized by the city’s Police Department and volunteer Community Policing Advisory Board members, National Night Out emphasizes meeting neighbors, reducing crime, and celebrating community.
“This fun, family-oriented event raises crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthens neighborhood spirit and provides an opportunity for neighbors and friends to gather and meet other neighbors, community leaders and local service providers,” explained event coordinator Erin Kelly.
National Night Out was held at Evergreen Playfield this year and included a exhibition by Seattle TaeKwonDo, Hula O’Lehualani performing traditional hula dances and a police K9 demonstration. Face painters, karaoke, and bouncy houses were also very popular among the younger visitors.
Displays included a fire truck and aid car from Fire District 1. The City of Mountlake Terrace had police SWAT members and drug dog on-hand, while Snohomish County provided an Incident Command and Communication vehicle. Several city departments participated with specialty vehicles, equipment and information. Various local businesses and civic organizations were also present to showcase their services.
Mountlake Terrace National Night Out is made possible through local sponsors and donations. This year’s sponsors include Premera Blue Cross, Audio Control, Sound Community Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Kuker Rankin, Kirk Geiger-State Farm, Red Onion Burgers BBQ and Roger’s Market to name a few.
The event has been recognized by the National Association of Town Watch as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation for several years.