A free dinner is served at the National Night Out celebration on the City Hall Plaza during the 2015 event. It’s being moved to the playground area in Snyder Park this year. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield National Night Out event moves to Snyder Park

The event has previously been held at City Hall Plaza.

The Springfield Police Division’s National Night Out will be held in a new location this year.

The annual event, held to bring the community together as a sign of peace, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the playground and splash pad area of Snyder Park.

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Springfield has participated in the National Night Out event — previously held at City Hall Plaza — for more than 20 years. It’s held nationally on the first Tuesday in August.

“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a sense of community,” Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said in a statement. “It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

Door prizes, live music, free food and beverages will also be available. There will also be more vendors, police said.

The park has public restrooms, meaning portable toilets won’t have to be brought in for the event. The parks also has an updated playground and sprayground.

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The event will also include a peace march. Residents of the south and west regions will meet at the Snyder Park shelter house near the entrance of near U.S. 40, wearing red shirts. Residents of the north and east sides of Springfield will meet in the Kroger parking lot on Bechtle Avenue wearing blue shirts.

The marchers will begin at 4:30 p.m., crossing together at the green bridge in Snyder Park.

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