Island Walk Strengthens the Community at National Night Out
Sharon Blacketor, Community Impact Strategies Manager
National Night Out is an opportunity for communities to socialize with local law enforcement in an effort to strengthen relationships and ultimately reduce crime. CPDC and Quantum Property Management of Island Walk Apartments used this as an opportunity to not only engage Island Walk residents, but various community partners as well.
The event was well attended by both Island Walk residents and neighbors from the nearby Golf Course Island community. In addition to residents, law enforcement officers from the Fairfax County Police Department, first responders from Fairfax County Fire Department, and Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Cathy Hudgins also joined the festivities. Trader Joe’s of Reston provided drinks, and the North Point Chick-fil-A staff provided food and employment information in hopes of connecting residents with their open positions.
Attendees were able to participate in a baking competition; play outdoor bowling, kickball and cornhole; get their faces painted; get temporary tattoos, and color and draw with sidewalk chalk. Art supplies were generously provided by Monroe Street Studio of Herndon, Virginia, and all activities were led by Island Walk’s youth volunteers, ranging from ages 10 – 16.