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Monday, June 3, 2013

National Night Out Kickoff Picnic is Fast Approaching

When Pam McCreary hunted for inspiration for the 2013 National Night Out event, the Saint Paul Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator found it in her e-mail inbox.

With the outcome of last year’s successful event, when Saint Paul reclaimed the nation’s top ranking for participating cities of similar size, one organizer sent a note. Included in the effusive praise for the annual gathering was a simple five-word phrase: “I just love Saint Paul!”

Out of that note was the theme for this year’s celebrations, which will kick off on June 5, 2013 with an informational rally and free picnic at the Phalen Park Picnic Pavillion, 1600 Phalen Dr. This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Night Out and the seventh year in which a kickoff event has been held. The “I love Saint Paul” theme will be well represented at the kickoff and leading up to the early August event with logos and stickers emblazoned with the declaration.

National Night Out is focused on helping neighbors either meet for the first time or to reacquaint themselves with each other. This single night can be the foundation for more interactions throughout the year leading to a closer-knit community. It’s no secret that neighbors who are united in watching out for each other and reporting suspicious activity have safer neighborhoods in which to live, raise families and visit.

This year’s kickoff picnic will offer nearly 40 door prizes for anyone hoping to obtain information about what it might take to organize a National Night Out event to be held in early August. The picnic will also face painting and other family-friendly activities for children. Members of the Saint Paul Police Department and Saint Paul Fire Department will also be on hand.

For more information on National Night Out, visit

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