More than 600 people flocked to Harleman Park in Cornelius for National Night Out Aug. 6. Kids lined up around the gazebo for colorful face paint. Families enjoyed hotdogs, chips and drinks courtesy of Fred Meyer. Police officers helped hand out 600 hot dogs and mingled with citizens.

“It’s helping pull the community together,” said Police Chief Ken Summers.

Some firefighters participated in a dunk tank activity, while others helped small children knock over traffic cones with an industrial fire hose. Booths advertising the police department, the library, the parks department and Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres decorated the lawn. It was hard to find a child without a Cornelius Dental Clinic snow cone in hand.

More than 200 citizens of all ages lined the grass clearing awaiting the arrival of a Life- Flight helicopter, whose rotors upon landing sent a breeze through the crowd.

Despite all the options for fun, only two citizens signed up to start a Neighborhood Watch group at the police department’s booth.

“I was hoping for more, but I think there was so much going on that people were distracted,” said Laura Christy, support specialist for the Cornelius Police Department. “We are going to be available for people to sign up at other city-wide events.”

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