National Night Out a Success in South Pasadena

South Pasadenans Gather at Orange Grove Park for a family evening of fun By Mateo Diez

PHOTO: Mateo Diez | | SPPD officers Joe Lunnon and Michael Ankri

On the first Tuesday in August, South Pasadena, along with over sixteen thousand other communities, participated in the National Night Out event; a community building evening that encourages police community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, bringing police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

PHOTO: Mateo Diez | | The star attraction, the climbing tower
PHOTO: Mateo Diez | | South Pasadena Firefighters Kris Saxon and Scott McLellan

This year, once again, the South Pasadena Police Association delivered a fun-filled, and memorable evening at Orange Grove Park. Providing a plethora of classic games such as football toss, giant tic-tac-toe, ring toss, and can smash (all loaded with prizes and candy donated by the police association).

PHOTO: Mateo Diez | | LA Donut truck was very popular!

There were several large bouncy castles, obstacle courses, and the star attraction, a 60 foot tall climbing gym pillar. Additionally, in force with the police department, was also the fire department and their trucks, the parks and recreation department, and the local neighborhood watch; all there with information booths and members helping out with, and participating in the events.

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PHOTO: Mateo Diez | | Families enjoying the bouncy maze

It was all made worthwhile by the ecstatic excitement of all the kids, (and some parents!) that attended as they ran through the obstacle courses and climbed the tower with smiles on their faces. The whole evening was also supported by music from DJ Keelez, and fulfilling, sugary sweet treats from the LA Donut food truck. All culminated into an awesome, and successful evening.