By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A citywide event Tuesday is expected to draw hundreds of families into the parks, community centers and streets near their homes for ice cream and camaraderie.
Tupelo Night Out will foster neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships as an inexpensive way to fight crime on a local level.
The event lasts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will take place in more than a dozen neighborhoods throughout the city.
“The City of Tupelo will support your celebration by providing ice cream for your neighborhood gathering to be delivered by the Tupelo police and firemen,” said city Communications Director Annabeth Wyatt.
City Council members also are expected to visit each event in the areas they represent.
National Night Out began 29 years ago as a way to strengthen communities, heighten crime awareness, generate support for police programs and “send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” according to the movement’s website.
Thousands of communities across the United States and Canada – including some four dozen in Mississippi – will participate in the event this year.
National Night Out officially culminates on Aug. 7 this year, but Tupelo decided to move its event up since the national event is scheduled the same day school starts in the city.
THE FOLLOWING NEIGHBORHOODS and neighborhood associations will participate in Tupelo Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday:
• Presley Heights, at the JT Neely Building at Veterans Park
• Lee Acres, at Lawndale Presbyterian Church
• Joyner, at Joyner Park
• Willis Heights, on Boggan Drive between Enoch Avenue and Hancock Street
• Thomas Street, at the Thomas Street Elementary School
• Sharon Hills, on Valley Road between the two sides of Lynn
• Winfield, at the West Main Street Church of Christ Activity Center
• Historic Downtown, at the vacany lot on the corner of Robins and Stark streets.
• Southern Heights, at the intersection of Craigmont Circle and Monterey Drive
• Belledeer, at 1207 Antler Drive
• Tupelo Housing Authority, at the William Smith Center, 1606 N. Green St.
• Highland Circle, at the Highland Circle Park
• Gravlee, on the Inspirational Baptist Church lawn, 405 S. Clayton Ave.
• Haven Acres, at the Boys & Girls Club/Community Center
• Park Hill, at the C.C. Augustus Center
SOURCE: City of Tupelo