Whitehall will join thousands of other communities across the United States on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in recognizing National Night Out.

The event -- designed to promote and increase camaraderie between police officers and the communities they serve -- will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road.

It is the first year Whitehall Community Park will have played host to the event, said Kaitlin King, community affairs manager for Whitehall. Whitehall's event first was held in John Bishop Park and, for the past several years, adjacent to the Whitehall Division of Police.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for new playground equipment at Whitehall Community Park will be held at 4:30 p.m., immediately prior to the start of National Night Out.

The playground equipment was installed at the park several months ago, but the ribbon-cutting ceremony was moved back so it could coincide with National Night Out, said Shannon Sorrell, director of the Whitehall Parks and Recreation Department.

Members of the Whitehall divisions of fire and police and service department will attend the event and display vehicles, Sorrell said.

Other organizations and businesses are expected to attend, providing children's activities and information about programs and services, Sorrell said.

National Night Out was founded in 1984 and is recognized by thousands of communities across the United States on the first Tuesday of August.