'National Night Out' event held on Kalamazoo's north side

'National Night Out' event held on Kalamazoo's north side

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Bringing police and community together: that's the goal of National Night Out--an event held in thousands of communities across the U.S. on the first Tuesday in August every year.

Several neighborhoods in Kalamazoo hosted get-togethers for the families who live there, including a big party at the Northside Association.

There was food, games, music, and plenty of space for the kids to do some dancing!

Kalamazoo's Northside Neighborhood has taken part in National Night Out for 30 years.

"Really what it is, is a way to bring the community together, to bring the community with police together," said Northside Association Community Development Executive Director Mattie Jordan-Woods. "Everybody forgets what happened yesterday and they deal with what's going on today, and today is about having fun, eating, and prizes."

The Northside Neighborhood also announced plans for a new literacy park in front of the association building on North Park.

An event for that is being held on August 26th.

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