West Bayfront Community Bonds to be Strengthened by National Night Out
Posted: August 7, 2018
Dozens of organizations are coming together to host Gridley Park
National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 7 from 6-8 p.m. in
Erie's West Bayfront. This free, community event is intended to
strengthen community relationships, build neighborhood capacity and
promote civic engagement.
"This is our community's signature event where the spirit of the
West Bayfront shines," said Anna Frantz, Executive Director of Our
West Bayfront, one of the organizations that partners to host the
event. "There is something for everyone, including music, food,
community resources and games. It is a wonderful opportunity to
connect with friends and neighbors, and to enjoy the beautiful park
in the heart of the West Bayfront."
Gridley Park National Night Out is organized by a West Bayfront
Events Committee, a collaboration that includes local neighborhood
improvement group Our West Bayfront, six neighborhood
associations/watch groups, First Presbyterian Church of the
Covenant, Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Woman's Club of Erie,
Strong Vincent Middle School, and Inter-church Ministries of Erie
County. Major event sponsors include United Way of Erie County,
which sponsors dozens of NNO events across the region, along with
Gannon University, and Three B's Saloon.
Attending residents will have the opportunity to meet with law
enforcement officials, participate in various activities and
raffles, receive a free meal and hear live music from local band
Familiar Spirit. Over 30 public and non-profit agencies and
organizations will offer information and resources throughout the
evening. Children's activities include bounce houses, face
painting, yoga and a scavenger hunt.
The event, which attracts over 1,000 participants, has grown
each year with the involvement of new partners. "This year we are
so pleased that several new organizations are participating,
including the Woman's Club of Erie, the expERIEnce Children's
Museum, and Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park," said Frantz.
"Each of these groups, and dozens more, create the experiences that
make this event special."
Gridley Park National Night Out is supported with grants and
contributions from over a dozen local groups and businesses. In
addition to the organizations listed above, sponsors include Smith
Provisions, Bayfront Convenience Store, Electrical and Mechanical
Systems, Inc, Copy King, Hoffman United, Dinner is Served by Lisa,
Diverse Collaboration and Consulting, JC Everything Automotive,
Burton Funeral Homes, United Neighborhood Facilities Health Care
Corporation, Erie Club, Frontier Pharmacy, Sterrett Mott Breski
& Shimek, The Red Door Uniforms, and Hagan Business Machines,
and Familiar Spirit.
"We are extremely appreciative of our many sponsors and
partners," said Frantz. "It is because of their willingness to
donate their time and resources that we are able to make this night
a reality. It is truly encouraging to see the community coming
together to promote safety and neighborhood pride."
For more information on Gridley Park National Night Out, visit ourwestbayfront.org.