Marble Falls, Cottonwood Shores and Burnet celebrating National Night Out

Marble Falls Police Department dispatcher Natasha Sauer (left) offers Zerick Herrera a high-five during last year's National Night Out at Westside Park in Marble Falls. The free event, which features area police, fire and EMS units, returns 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 to the park. File photo


MARBLE FALLS — At first, it looked as if the Marble Falls Police Department might sit out this year’s National Night Out festivities Oct. 1, but officials said it’s back on.

“We decided we’re just going to make it happen,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “We’re just going to do it.”

The Marble Falls event is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Westside Park,1610 Second St.

The free event brings together local law enforcement, fire departments and other emergency responders and the community. National Night Out began in 1984 as a way for communities to become involved in crime prevention.

One of the best crime prevention tools is people getting to know their neighbors.

“I think it’s an important event,” Hanson said. “(Residents) get to meet each other. Neighbor meets neighbor.”

Along with police, the Marble Falls Fire Rescue will attend along with other emergency response crews. In the past, the local Air Evac helicopter sat on display.

Fire crews and police officers show the public the various equipment they have at their disposal.

Earlier in September, it appeared as if the Marble Falls department would skip this year because of staffing.

“We intended to skip this year but regroup and do it again next year,” Hanson said.

But officials decided to go ahead because of how much the community enjoys National Night Out.

“We’re going to get everybody out there we can,” Hanson said.

Along with Marble Falls, Cottonwood Shores also is participating in National Night Out. The city’s event is Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, 603 Birch Lane in Cottonwood Shores.

The Burnet police and fire departments are hosting National Night Out from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Wallace Riddell Park, located behind the police station, 105 S. Rhomberg in Burnet.