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National Night Out 2017 with kids and cop car

The 2019 National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6! 

National Night Out is an annual community-building event aimed at creating safer, more connected neighborhoods and communities and building police-community partnerships.

Every year, St. Louis Park attends more than 130 citywide gatherings to help support their year-long goals to:

  • Heighten crime prevention awareness
  • Generate support for anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Officers will be visiting parties from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Along with the police department, other city departments, including fire and public works, attend as many parties as possible.

View the locations of the current registered parties. NOTE: The map is updated every other business day.

Registration

If you are interested in hosting a party, complete the National Night Out party registration form  by July 30, 2019.

Registration forms that are not received by the deadline may not receive requests for street closures, police officer attendance or other visits.

Street closures

Street closures for your party can be requested on your party registration form.

Neighborhood notification

Every household on your block should receive a written invitation that clearly states the location and hours of event as early as possible. You can use this sample invite if you would like.

Traffic cones

Public works will deliver 8 – 10 orange traffic cones, at no cost, to the requesting address prior to the party. Place 4 – 5 cones at each end of the street closure. The cones will be picked up from the requesting address within 24 – 48 hours. You may be billed for the cost of the cones if they are not made available for pick up.

NOTE: The fee waiver for cones is for NNO only. 

Hosting a party

Below is information and tips on hosting your party. As always, remember to be courteous to your neighbors – do not play loud music and make sure the party is over at a reasonable hour.

Tips

Try and keep things simple and recruit your neighbors for:

  • Activities – Plan activities that will include everyone.
  • Kids’ entertainment – Ask older children to plan children’s games and activities.
  • Logistics – Arranging tables, chairs, grills, coolers, utensils, ice, etc.
  • Food – Have a BBQ, potluck or ask everyone to chip in for something.
  • Invitations – Create your own or use the sample invitation
  • Cleanup
Location

Many groups host their party in yards, parks, streets and other locations. If you wish to have your party in the street, make sure to indicate that on your party registration form.

Grills, tables, etc. must be placed to the side of the street to maintain access for emergency vehicles.

Equipment rental

Tables, chairs and public announcement systems are available to rent. Contact operations and recreation at 952.924.2540 for information on fees and availability.

Support our local food shelf

Consider having neighbors bring non-perishable food items, personal care items or gently-used clothes and fill a grocery bag or few for our local food shelf STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program). All donations will be distributed to St. Louis Park individuals and families.

Learn more about STEP and the most needed items on STEP’s website.

Cleanup

Cleanup must be completed as soon as possible – no later than 24 hours after your event.

Garbage, recycling and organics collection

Recycling

Use your blue-lidded recycling carts. Put extra recycling in cardboard boxes or old recycling totes and set next to your cart. Do not use plastic bags of any kind. Extra recycling is collected at no charge.

As a reminder, plastic utensils and #6 plastic cups (e.g. red party cups) are not recyclable and should be placed in the trash.

Organics

If you participate in the organics program you can put food scraps, napkins and certified compostable foodservice items (with BPI logo) in your brown-lidded organics cart. Organics must be bagged. One large compostable bag will be provided to registered parties upon request.

Paper items with designs and grease resistant/leak proof plates have non-compostable coatings and should go in the trash. If you are not sure if your items are certified or want to confirm compostability, call 952.924.2187 or email recycling@stlouispark.org.

Garbage

The city will provide registered parties with two “extra garbage” stickers to accommodate excess trash from parties. Put one sticker on each extra garbage bag and place it out on your next collection day.

Signage

Signage can make a big difference in preventing contamination in recycling and organics. Print free signs online (in English or Spanish) or request copies from the city.

Supply request and pickup

To request compostable bags, extra garbage stickers and/or signage, call public works at 952.924.2562 or email recycling@stlouispark.org with your name, email, phone and party location/address.

To have items mailed to you: submit request by Monday, July 29.

To pick up your items: submit request by Thursday, Aug. 1. Pickup is Aug. 2, 5 or 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St. 

Contact

Contact St. Louis Park Community Outreach Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at:

952.924.2661
slppdoutreach@stlouispark.org