National Night Out to return to Lakeway this fall

Residents of Sunset Valley gather to celebrate National Night Out in 2019. (Community Impact Staff)
Residents of Sunset Valley gather to celebrate National Night Out in 2019. (Community Impact Staff)

Residents of Sunset Valley gather to celebrate National Night Out in 2019. (Community Impact Staff)

The city of Lakeway announced Aug. 4 the community will host National Night Out on Oct. 5 at which residents can learn about their law enforcement personnel.

National Night Out is an annual campaign to promote police-community partnerships that enhance the relationship between local law enforcement agencies and residents, according to the organization. Nationwide and in Texas, communities host block parties, festivals and safety demonstrations from emergency personnel.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many municipalities called off or altered festivities in 2020. Last year, Lakeway opted for a virtual event conducted on the Lakeway Police Department’s Facebook Page, Communications Director Jarrod Wise told Community Impact Newspaper.

Barring any changes associated with the pandemic, Lakeway’s National Night Out will occur in-person throughout the community, Wise said.

“NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight to keep our city safe,” according to the city’s announcement.

The news arrived on the heels of an announcement from the nearby city of Rollingwood regarding the cancellation of its own National Night Out event. Festivities were scheduled for Aug. 3 in Rollingwood Park; however, in light of a recent uptick in local coronavirus cases, the city will not host an event in 2021.

Other cities, including Austin and West Lake Hills, have not announced decisions regarding this year’s events. According to the organization, National Night Out occurs on the first Tuesday in August or the first Tuesday in October.

More information can be found on Lakeway's website.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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