AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Night Out 2018 in West Seattle

6 PM: Hundreds of West Seattle block parties for Night Out start now, with “street closed” signs all over the peninsula, We’ll be making some stops and we also appreciate a photo from your party – – thank you!

6:17 PM: First pics in are from Ben via Twitter:

6:24 PM: Our first stop also happened to be in Arbor Heights:

JoDean, who invited us to stop by, says this is the eighth year they’ve had a Night Out party and it’s the biggest turnout ever!

6:38 PM: We’re in Sunrise Heights right now, at Julie‘s party, where the food is of special note:

Julie won the contest to have West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) cater a Night Out party. What’s in our pic is just part of it. This is also just part of the turnout – more people are on the way after they get home from work:

6:52 PM: Thanks to Norm for sending pics from his block’s party on 51st SW:

At right above is Helen – Norm says this is her 30th block party with neighbors on 51st!

7:02 PM: We’re now in a Gatewood neighborhood that invited us to stop by. Look who else is visiting:

If you register your party and get your request in early, police and firefighters do make some stops on Night Out. This block is always one of the area’s biggest parties – here’s the group shot, Mounted Patrol visitors included:

They’ve got a band, too!

7:15 PM: Thanks to Laura for the photo from her Night Out party in North Delridge at Dragonfly Park:

7:24 PM: We just left Gatewood, where we also made a stop at Naomi‘s party:

Like just about everyplace else we’ve visited, lots of kids enjoying the night with their parents and neighbors!

7:35 PM: We’re now west of The Junction, where Sara invited us to stop by. Bouncy house for the youngest block-party’ers!

7:51 PM: And on the east side of The Junction, thanks to Stephanie for the invitation to stop by and say hi:

It’s about time for us to switch to Election Night mode, but we’ll add any more block party pics that come in – or text to 206-293-6302 – thank you!

9:07 PM: Thanks to the folks in the 8800 block of 17th SW for texting a photo:

9:27 PM: The 41st/Portland block party in Gatewood, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen:

11:17 PM: Added photos from the Pigeon Point party, courtesy of Pete Spalding:

Pete’s at right in the photo below, with SW Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis at left.

Below, former SWP commander Capt. Steve Paulsen, and Community Police Team Officer Ken Mazzuca.

As of the last time we checked with Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner, more than 260 block parties were registered for tonight for our area. Night Out is a nationwide tradition with more than 30 years of history.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Jennifer says the final total was more than 300 – most ever! She shared photos from some stops she made last night – here she is with local firefighters:

And she shared this photo of Chief Carmen Best visiting a South Park party:

Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August, so next year, it’s on August 6th.

9 Replies to "AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Night Out 2018 in West Seattle"

  • Steve August 7, 2018 (6:20 pm)

    We’re on the 7900 block of 12th, and got a flyer for ours.No roadblocks, no party.  :-(

    • WSB August 7, 2018 (6:29 pm)

      Not too late to have one without closing the road!

      • Steve August 7, 2018 (8:18 pm)

        When you have a 1 year old you have to put to bed it is.

        • WSB August 7, 2018 (8:47 pm)

          Oh! Hope that went well and that 1-year-old is now slumbering peacefully.

  • miws August 7, 2018 (8:42 pm)

    Hey! I recognize somebody in the “east of Junction” pic, on the left, standing in the front row!——–Mike

  • Yma August 7, 2018 (9:53 pm)

    Our block closed our own block – just put out signs & used trash bins. Had a wonderful gathering- our block & beyond. Lots of sharing. While I was tired coming home from work & thought I didn’t want to do this – I am so glad I talked with folks.

  • bhakti August 7, 2018 (10:31 pm)

    Getting together and creating community with neighbors is great, but I wish it would end at 10pm. I am a nurse and work 12 hour shift and need to get to sleep. It is 10:30 and neighbors are loud right under my bedroom window and I am just feeling  frustrated and dreading tomorrow morning instead of feeling a sense of community…

    • WSB August 7, 2018 (10:34 pm)

      Sorry to hear it … you must have some night-owl neighbors. Most years we are still trying to catch up on parties at 8 pm but many if not most have folded by then (this year we stopped a few minutes earlier to switch over to election night). I hope you are able to talk with them in advance next year.

  • Sunrise Heights Olivia August 9, 2018 (10:06 am)

    So happy Julie won the raffle!! Food was the tastiest and it was nice to meet more neighbors :)

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