Albany marks the 20th anniversary of the grassroots effort, “National Night Out,” to shine the light on crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie, according to Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Steve Krokoff.

It's being marked on a record 35 blocks in Albany with parties and barbecues. National Night Out is an opportunity to build neighborhood cohesiveness and have neighbors meet and learn about simple ways to keep safe. Police say when residents know each other they look out for each other and report suspicious activity which decreases crime.

Click here for the National Night Out website.

Albany is one of more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participating in this event that involves more than 37.8 million people. First organized in 1984 by the nonprofit organization National Association of Town Watch, the traditional “lights on” campaign has grown into a celebration across America with various events and activities in an effort to heighten awareness about crime prevention and enhance community relations. Albany’s participation in “National Night Out” reflects the kind of spirit, energy and determination that help make Albany neighborhoods safer places year-round, Sheehan said. The public is encouraged to attend.

Block Party Locations & Times:
South End/Mansion
Eagle St/Warren St., 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
101 South Pearl St., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Delaware Ave Library, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Center Square, Hudson Park/Park South: Hudson/Jay Park, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Central BID: Central/Robin, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
West End: Colby Park, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Pine Hills: Ontario/Hamilton, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
North Albany: Hackett Park, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Heldeberg: Grove Ave. (between Heldeberg/Dead End), 6:30 -9:00 p.m.
Glendale St., 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
West Hill: 553 Clinton Ave., 7:00 -10:00p.m.
Arbor Hill: Field of Dreams, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Skyline Gardens/Ida Yarbrough, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Whitehall: Edgecomb/Dartmouth, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mt. Hope, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ezra Prentiss Apartments (3rd Ave.), 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.