BATAVIA – From bagpipes to a bouncy house. From raffles to a talking robot. From drug-sniffing dogs to a dunk tank.
National Night Out Aug. 7 gave Clermont County residents a chance to see police and fire personnel at their finest.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary across the country, NNO is an annual campaign to build police-community partnerships.
The Park District set up shop in two locations to share the fun.
Park District Deputy Director Tim Carr and Community Relations Manager Mark Motz teamed with Deputy Meredith Walsh for the Clermont County Sheriff’s event at the Batavia Township Building.
The deputy’s twin daughters provided face-painting for children, ensuring a long line at the booth all evening.
Guests picked up Park District swag like recyclable grocery bags, water bottles, drink coozies and magnetic chip clips.
They also took flyers advertising upcoming Park District events like Steamboat Days (Aug. 11 and 25) and the much-anticipated Canoe-and-Brew event in partnership with 50 West Brewing (Aug. 19).
“National Night Out is great because we can support the men and women who protect and serve Clermont County,” Carr said. “We serve the same people in a different capacity, so it’s nice to strengthen our partnership with the Sheriff’s Department.”
Clermont County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chris Stratton agreed.
“It’s a great way to reconnect with the community,” he said. “I think having our deputy in the parks, she has an opportunity to do that every single day. It’s great community relations and it’s great networking between the Sheriff’s Office and the Park District.”
The Park District naturalist staff joined the Milford Police Department NNO event at Scene 75.
“It was very busy and good to connect with so many people to share what the Park District is doing,” said Lead Naturalist Jana Marshall.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.