Springdale, SC - Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett announces that Springdale’s Night Out event that is hosted by the Springdale Police Department has received a national award from the National Association of Town Watch.
Springdale’s 2016 National Night Out event was ranked eighth in the nation for areas with a population of less than 5,000. The event was held on October 3rd, 2016 at the Felton C. Benton Park located at 2915 Platt Springs Rd.
The National Association of Town Watch looked at the overall organization of the event, citizen/neighborhood participation, media and promotional coverage and a post project report that was submitted by the hosting agency, the Springdale Police Department.
This event was successful due to the involvement of so many local businesses, citizens, community organizations and media outlets. Many of the citizens that participated in the event dressed up as their favorite superhero. The Springdale Police Department was proud to host the event and is proud to have had so many businesses, community organizations, and citizens standing united as superheroes in our community against crime.
The event featured free BBQ cooked and served by Springdale’s Town Council and Public Works Department. There were free Krispy Kreme donuts, drinks from Pepsi and Bojangles, face painting, balloon art, a bounce house and more. There were performances by Silver Jax Cheer (who even had Chief Cornett doing cartwheels and dancing to the Whip/Nae Nae) and the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. There were guest appearances by Mason the Firefly and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The event was hosted by the Springdale Police Department in conjunction with the National Association of Town Watch’s National Night Out. Springdale PD chooses to hold their event in October, the alternate date set by NATW, due to the heat in August. This event is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods in Springdale are organized and collaborating with local law enforcement. This is the second year that the event has been recognized.
Springdale’s 2015 National Night Out event was also recognized with a National Award by the National Association of Watch (NATW). The Springdale Police Department was not the only town/city in South Carolina to be recognized by the National Association of Town Watch. The City of Columbia ranked in at fifteen in the category of areas with 100,000 to 300,000 in population.