GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Law enforcement across the country will be focusing on crime prevention and bringing the community together on Tuesday.

It’s part of a nationwide effort called National Night Out. Several agencies in West Michigan will host events to strengthen relationships with police and the community and unify against crime by creating safer neighborhoods.

“National Night Out is a time when residents can reclaim their streets in a fun and positive way,” Julie Niemchick, GRPD Crime Prevention coordinator, said. “Some neighborhoods have chosen to make this night particularly significant as they coordinate a variety of family-friendly activities to get everyone involved.”

Here is a list of events happening near you. Each location will offer free activities, food and resources.


Benton Harbor

  • Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park. Features games, equipment demonstrations, snow cones, a book bag giveaway, and a dunk tank from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Comstock Township

  • Merrill Park: 5845 Comstock Ave. Free hot dogs, ice cream, and water will be provided. Live music performed by Alex Mays and friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Northside Assoc. for Community Development: 308 West North Street. Enjoy free food, a DJ, and games for kids from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be resources on housing, childcare, legal advice, literacy services and job placement services.


Grand Rapids (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

  • Baxter Neighborhood Association: 1011 Baxter St.
  • Beckwood Hills Christian Reformed  2100 Chelsea St. NE
  • Berkley Hills Church: 1670 Ball Ave. NE
  • Creston  Neighborhood, Briggs Park: 324 Knapp St.
  • Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, Garfield Park: 334 Burton St. SE
  • Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School: 1050 Iroquois St. SE
  • Fuller Area Neighbors & MLK Neighborhood Association, Fuller Ave Church: 1239 Fuller St. SE
  • John Ball Area Neighbors: 1120 Bridge St. NW
  • Neighbors of Belknap Lookout: 701 Coit Ave. NE
  • Pleasant Park: 400 Pleasant St. SE 
  • Roosevelt Park: 1205 Grandville/Cesar Chavez Ave. 

The city of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation will also offer free admission to pools at Briggs Park, Martin Luther King Park and Richmond Park.


  • Ada Bible Church: 1640 East Paris Ave. SE. There will be food and activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pentecostals Church: 2627 44th St. SE. There will be a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Feyen Zylstra, 2396 Hillside Dr. NW 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


  • Grace Christian University: 1011 Aldon St. SW. Check out police equipment, fire trucks, TAC team vehicles, K9s, and more from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.



  • Kollen Park: 240 Kollen Park Dr. Features food trucks, ice cream, a DJ, 20+ community organizations, non-profits and resource booths from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Zeeland Splash Pad: 21 S Elm St. There will be Root Beer Floats, firetrucks, police cars, dunk tanks and free giveaways from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.