Each Monday night throughout the summer, the city's popular skate park is restricted to family use only. During this Family Night, city employees from each department interact with kids and show off their department's "toys." For example, kids can sit in a fire truck or street sweeper, or watch the police demonstrate their bomb-sniffing robot. The kids love getting an up-close look at a police car or backhoe, and the interaction between police officers, firefighters, or public works employees with the families helps the city to build trust with the residents. Healthy Sandy also gives away 25 safety helmets and subsidizes the cost of additional helmets at these events. About 2,500 helmets have been distributed since inception.
Family Night at the Skate Park 2019 Schedule