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 May and running through August.  The list for 2018 SSN Events is below:

May 31  Scheffer Rec Center, 237 Thomas Ave W.
June 14  North Dale Rec Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N.
June 21  Wilder Rec Center, 958 Jessie St.
SPECIAL EVENT June 26 Bridge View School, 360 Colborne
June 28  Rice St. Rec Center, 1021 Marion St.
July 12  W. Minnehaha Rec Center, 685 Minnehaha Ave. W.
July 19  Dayton's Bluff Rec Center , 800 Conway St.
July 26  Baker Center, 209 W. Page St.
August 2  Palace Rec Center, 791 Palace Ave.
August 9  Conway Rec Center, 2090 Conway St.
August 16  Oxford Community Center, 270 Lexington Pkwy N.
August 23  Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave.
August 30  McDonough Rec Center, 1544 Timberlake Rd
SPECIAL EVENT October 27 (Time TBD) Fall/Halloween Edition  Arlington Hills, 1200 Payne Ave.

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The FREE, public events feature food, activities for children and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their Saint Paul police officers. The deprtment will also bring its horse and motorcycle units to the cookout. 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.