With hard work, passion, and a deep love for their community, Oakwood’s Neighborhood Association hosted National Night Out last month to connect with their neighbors, provide an opportunity for residents to participate in the neighborhood association, and bring unity to the community.
Connie Lozano, President of the Oakwood Neighborhood Association, worked diligently to host Oakwood’s National Night Out, alongside Oakwood’s new Vice President, Ray Arias, and Treasurer, Ruth Arias. This year the event was hosted at the neighborhood’s own, Oakwood Park. The goal of this was to bring opportunities for residents to connect with each other and have a fun-filled event where families could come together, enjoy their park, and begin to engage with their neighborhood association. Together they identified a creative way to make community spaces in their own backyard at Oakwood Park.
The block party provided hot dogs, chips, cookies, and so much more to those who attended. Vendors at the event provided helpful information about local resources available to the community, providing free goodies and souvenirs to Oakwood residents. Kids were able to enjoy an exciting bull ride, let their imagination grow with the face painting station, play at the different game stations, experience the motorcycles from the Aztec Warriors, and see a great show as the fire truck and police cars stopped by the park.
The work of these community leaders paid off as we got to see the smiling faces of residents, who were eager to engage and support the neighborhood association in future events. The neighborhood association is hopeful about obtaining new members and is hopeful to continue hosting neighborhood events that unite Oakwood’s community of neighbors with the goal of building authentic relationships with each other.
A special thanks to Waco Foundation for providing the support to host these block parties. The Oakwood Neighborhood Association is grateful and is excited to host more events for their community in the future!
If you live in Oakwood, or are interested in being part of the neighborhood association, click here to find out more and learn how you can join and support Oakwood’s Neighborhood Association.
– Nataly Sanchez