Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice joined neighbors with the North Gresham Neighborhood Association, Gresham Police, Gresham City Council members, Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann and many others to celebrate National Night Out at Kirk Park on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
The seven-acre park next to Hartley Elementary School in North Gresham was not only the setting of a community coming together to build connections, spread positivity, enjoy face paintings, snacks and smiles, it was also the scene of long-delayed dedication of new playground equipment.
Roughly 75 people showed up for the event, including beloved Disney characters Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Attendees described the occasion as delightful and a blast for adults and children alike.
“It is moments like these that remind us how important our work is in our community,” said Jamie Tynan, sworn Community Justice Program Manager for Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice.
"It was amazing to have the opportunity to connect with the littles, families, and people living in our community to share our passion and support. The pandemic has had an impact on all of us, personally and professionally, and connection and pride in our work begins with us.”