Several blocks in the Rosedale Neighborhood have participated in the “National Night Out“. Started in 1984, the purpose of this early August event is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations, and send a message to criminals, letting them know the community is organized and fighting back. Neighborhoods throughout Austin and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
During the National Night Out, individual blocks hold events to gather the neighbors and help them get acquainted. Activities planned by individual groups can range from lemonade parties to ice cream socials, cook-outs, and pot luck suppers. The Austin Police Department will provide materials and t-shirts for the hosts.