First 20 neighborhoods to register for block party receive visit by local police or fire vehicle.

PMG FILE PHOTO  - Darryl Wrisley visits the Rivergrove Neighborhood block party in 2019. The city of Lake Oswego is encouraging neighborhoods to host block parties as part of a larger effort to bring people together this summer.

Neighborhoods are invited to register for Lake Oswego's National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 3.

"The city is encouraging residents to get to know their neighbors and we think the best way to do this is to have a party," the city's website read. "Neighborhood block parties are great because they can be as large or small as you want — invite everyone on your block or expand it to a few block(s)."

The first 20 who register will receive a visit from a Lake Oswego fire or police vehicle, with local authorities arriving with gifts on hand.

"Many of our city councilors will ride also along with our police or fire personnel," said Bonnie Hirshberger, the city's citizen information specialist. "Everyone enjoys the event and I know our staff enjoys connecting with the people that they serve."

This year, Adult Community Center staff will stop by a handful of block parties as well and share information and giveaways from the ACC. PMG FILE PHOTO  - Chris Neely and Paul Corwin with the Lake Oswego Fire Department visit neighborhoods during National Night Out in 2019.

The city started this program in 2014 and encourages community members to host their block parties at a local park shelter, a yard, driveway or a cul-de-sac. The city will waive its typical permit requirements if the block party is on a public street.

"If you do need to fully close your street, then a permit would still be necessary — but we may have some ideas, so please give us a call," the website read.

For questions, contact Hirshberger at 503-675-3992 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to register online.

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