Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times area residents are invited to National Night Out, which will take place from 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2.
It is the 28th year for the national event, and the fourth locally. The first three were at the YMCA of Clay County, but the location has changed.
"We are going to have National Night Out at Forest Park this year," Pierce said.
"There is nothing wrong with the YMCA, but it was just blazingly hot last year on the asphalt parking lot, and with the heat wave the past week or so, we wanted to make sure people could come out and stay cooler."
Pierce added the Brazil Parks Board has also granted permission for the Forest Park Pool to be opened for the event.
While preparations are still in the works and organizations continue to get involved, Pierce said BCPD, along with the Clay County Sheriff's Department (which works with BCPD to organize the event) and area fire departments are slated to be at the event to meet with residents.
"We are still getting things lined up, but we hope to have the K-9 units at the park, and we are trying to bring the Putnam County Emergency Service Mobile Command Vehicle back this year for tours," Pierce said.
He added the event will be centralized around the pool area, and the hot dogs may be cooked near the Rotary shelter.
In addition, he said several organizations will also be on hand to provide safety information and other goodies for those attending the event.
"It really is a good time and great opportunity for children and everyone to meet the officers in a different environment," Pierce said.
For more information about National Night Out, log onto www.nationaltownwatch.org, or contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 or Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 for how to get involved on the local level.