Canton Leisure Services Division

Posted on: July 14, 2017

Canton’s National Night Out to Feature Annual “Not in Our Town” Community Peace Rally

National Night Out 2017 Logo

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, area residents are invited to Heritage Park’s North Pavilion for a “Night Out” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with their community partners:  the Canton Police Department, the Canton Public Library, Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition (CRHCC) and Canton Leisure Services. These Canton community organizations proudly present this year’s National Night Out featuring Canton’s Annual ‘Not In Our Town’ Community Peace Rally.


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The community is invited to join us for this feel-good evening filled with live music, an interactive Canton Public Safety vehicle display, complimentary refreshments from Kona Ice and Cruisin’ Custom Coneys, and prizes provided by Target, this year’s event sponsor. More activities include a craft project provided by Home Depot; the Canton Leisure Services bounce house, a K-9 demonstration, the Canton fire safety house exhibit, and more. Additional generous event support is being provided by Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Canton and the Community Financial Credit Union Summer of Sharing program.


“This annual event continues to celebrate the importance of residents and neighborhoods uniting together to take a stand against crime in our community,” stated Canton Community Relations Coordinator Patty Esselink.


“It is an opportunity for residents to meet and interact with police and fire personnel, as well as strengthen Canton’s neighborhood spirit of camaraderie and the importance of keeping our community safe and tolerant.”


All ages are invited to attend this free event promoting tolerance and the “Not In Our Town” principles of building safe, inclusive communities for all. All activities will take place at Heritage Park’s north pavilion, located off of Heritage Drive.


The “Not In Our Town Peace Rally” is coordinated by the CRHCC. This group is an award-winning coalition of local law enforcement, leaders, and representatives of community organizations, faith-based organizations, public schools, and the community at-large, who are committed to raising awareness of hate crimes, bias incidents, and bullying.  The CRHCC offers support to victims of hate/bias/bullying and helps to restore a sense of community when these incidents occur.


Canton will join forces with neighbors participating across thousands of communities from all 50 states, as well as United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide for the 33rd Annual “National Night Out” (NNO) coordinated by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). According to the NATW website, more than 38 million neighbors across over 16,000 communities are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ this year.


For more information about this community event, visit www.cantonpublicsafety.org, www.niot.org or call 734/394-5460.


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