Safe Summer Nights
Safe Summer Nights - Where Police and Community Meet
How do you spread safety and goodwill throughout the City of Saint Paul? By firing up the grill of course!
The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve over a meal rather than during times of trouble. The initiative began in 2014 when Safe Summer Nights partnered with the Saint Paul Police Department and the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department to host events in Saint Paul that brought neighborhood families and police officers together in a picnic-type setting. Safe Summer Nights help bridge the gap between police and the people they serve.
The program has been so successful that it generated interest throughout the Metro with events in Saint Paul and eight in surrounding communities. One is a neighborhood barbecue that takes place at various parks around the city. Events begin at 5 p.m. and go to 7 p.m. every Thursday beginning in June and running through August. The list for 2019 Safe Summer Nights events is below:
- June 6: McDonough Recreation Center(1544 Timberlake Rd)
- June 13: Linwood Recreation Center (860 St. Clair Ave)
- June 20: Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center (800 Conway St)
- June 27: Rice Recreation Center (1021 Marion St)
- July 11: MLK Recreation Center (271 N. Mackubin St)
- July 18: Conway Community Center (2090 Conway St)
- July 25: Parque Castillo (149 Cesar Chavez St)
- Aug 1: Hamline Park (1564 Lafond Ave)
- Aug 8: Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave)
- Aug 15: Palace Community Center (791 Palace Ave)
- Aug 22: Oxford Community Center (270 Lexington Pkwy N)
- Aug 29: Highwood Hills Recreation Center (2188 Londin Ln E)
- SPECIAL EVENT • October 26 • Arlington Hills Fall Festival (1200 Payne Ave)
The FREE, public events feature food, activities for children and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their Saint Paul police officers. The BearCat vehicle, which is always popular with kids, will be there too. Bouncy houses and climbing walls have also been known to appear, thanks to Saint Paul Parks & Recreation.