Planning a National Night Out gathering? Important deadlines are approaching

This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6, and if you’re planning a neighborhood gathering, there are important deadlines for registering your event with the City and for blocking off your street.

This is the 30th year Minneapolis has observed National Night Out and in 2011 and 2012, Minneapolis was first in the nation for participation. As the big evening approaches, neighborhood leaders planning an event can use the following checklist to plan their National Night Out celebration:

_____Register your NNO event. There is a single online process to register your NNO event and apply to close your street. If you want to close your street for your event, street closure is free if you apply by Tuesday, July 23. From July 24 through Aug. 1, there is a $100 fee for blocking off the street.  You need permission of 75 percent of your neighbors to be approved for street closure (Be sure to keep a record of those neighbors who agreed to block off the street. You do not need to enter the names online or when calling 311). If you don’t have Internet access,you can register your event and apply for street closure by calling 311 (or 612-673-3000).

_____ Want a police officer to visit your event? Because demand can be very high for visits, we can’t promise that one will be available, but feel free to request a visit when you register (The City is not taking requests for mounted patrol). If you want the Fire Department to drop by, you can make a request by calling 311.

_____ Make rain plans. Decide if your event will go forward if it rains, or be rescheduled for another time. If you apply to close your street, you’ll have a rain date of Wednesday, August 7 unless you decline it during the application. If you don’t close your street, you can choose any rain date that works for your group. Plan ahead!

Each event organizer will receive Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America. Each Mystery Point pass is worth either a single ride, a day of rides or a whole season of rides.

Published Jul. 17, 2013