MONROE, CT — All families are invited to Monroe Night at the Park, a free annual event allowing residents to meet the town’s emergency responders in a fun, informal atmosphere with food and games for the children. This year’s event will feature a large inflatable waterslide, a deejay and a photo booth.
Monroe Night at the Park will be held at Wolfe Park on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last time the town came together for the event was 2019.
“We’re hoping the community will come out and meet our new officers and see some familiar faces they haven’t seen in the past year,” said Detective Nicole Buckley, the organizer of the event.
In addition to town police officers, residents will see firefighters from the Monroe, Stepney and Stevenson fire companies, Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service members and the Community Emergency Response Team.
Community organizations and nonprofits, including ADAM, The Center for Family Justice and local prevention councils, will have tables with information, so residents can learn what resources are available to them.
The Pyramid Shrine Temple Clown Unit will be on hand, making balloon animals for children.
Monroe Night at the Park is modeled after the National Night Out. The Monroe Police Department used to take part in the event, but lost Target as its main fundraiser years ago and stopped paying the national organization to participate. Instead, police garnered local sponsors for their own event, held at the same time, according to Buckley.