National Night Out returning to Greer City Park
The City of Greer will again welcome residents to Greer City Park for a National Night Out celebration on Aug. 1. The annual community-building campaign is held nationally in cities to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Sgt. Jeff Smith of the Greer Police Department said holding the event at a central location was a success last year, prompting City officials to again plan activities at the park with multiple departments rather than visiting individual celebrations in neighborhoods.

“Holding National Night Out at City Park allows us to involve all City departments and make it a much larger event than it has been in the past,” Smith said. “In Greer, your neighbors aren’t just the families that live around you. We live in a true community so we’re hoping residents will join us from all areas. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere of fun and fellowship for both children and adults and to let everyone know that we are partners in maintaining a high quality of life in the City of Greer.”

City departments and Greer CPW will be represented from 6-8 p.m. to meet residents and answer any questions they may have about services. Subdivisions such as the victims advocate and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will also be represented and free giveaways for all ages will be offered at many booths.

Activities will include City vehicles such as the SWAT truck, the meth abatement trailer, and fire trucks. Greer CPW will offer a station on boating safety and McGruff the Crime Dog will be greeting visitors. Representatives from each of the city’s four police patrol areas will be present, giving the public an opportunity to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

Children will enjoy face painting, corn hole and other games led by police officers. Two food trucks, Knuckies and The Calabash Wagon, will be on site offering food and beverages for sale.

The event is free and open to all in the community.