National Night Out: South City's Second Year

After almost three decades of country-wide National Night Out celebrations that bring together local residents, police officers, and city leaders, South San Francisco gets into its groove with its second event.

South San Francisco residents are invited to join city leaders and police officers to cruise the streets Tuesday night for a local celebration of National Night Out.

The event has been celebrated in cities across the country for 29 years, and Tuesday will be South City's second year holding its own associated event, called Community Unity Walk.

The purpose of the event is to encourage residents to get to know their neighbors and city officials by walking through the city for the evening. In addition to promoting community participation, the event is intended to spread awareness about the importance of crime and gang prevention in South City.

The South San Francisco Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods -- a group that includes members from local non-profits, the police department, and schools -- is sponsoring the event.

saw about 40 participants, South City Vice Mayor Pedro Gonzalez said. He said that this year, organizers are expecting a significantly higher numbr of participants.  

The walk will begin at the Francis Drake Masonic Center on Walnut Ave and move east on Grand, north on Cypress, west on Pine, and south on Linden back to Grand, before ending at the Center. 

Participants will meet Tuesday evening at the Masonic Center at 307 Walnut Ave, and the walk will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

There will be refreshments offered at the event, and partipants will have an opportunity to meet South San Francisco Police Department officers and members of the city leadership.

In addition to local businesses, the San Bruno Target is helping sponsor the Community Unity Walk by providing items to give away at the event.  

Gonzalez said the event doesn't have to be limited to the designated route. He encouraged citizens to organize their own walks on Tuesday evening, within their own neighborhoods as well.  

For more information about the upcoming Community in Unity Walk, those interested can visit the city's website, or call Vice Mayor Pedro Gonzalez at 589-7170.

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