By Lindy Keyser

Special to the Press

Prosper’s 10th annual National Night Out was a success last Tuesday with upwards of 700 participants at 14 events.

"National Night Out is about getting to know your neighbors," said Prosper Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker. "We live in our houses with closed-in backyards and just wave at our neighbors without taking the time to get to know them. We’re happy to be a part of bringing everyone together."

Thirteen Prosper neighborhoods hosted block parties and Target stores sponsored a get-together at Frontier Park for those residents who didn’t have one in their vicinity. First responders from both the police and fire departments made brief appearances at each of the events.

"We’ve divided up in an effort to make them all," Tucker said.

At the corner of Coit Road and Prosper Trail, residents of Quail Lake and Deer Run joined forces for a community cookout. Kids played corn hole in the cul-de-sac while parents chatted around the grill. The evening was complete with dinner, music and a variety of giveaways.

"We’re new to the neighborhood and new to the area," said Quail Lake resident, Amy Crabtree. "We wanted to come out to meet the neighbors and the people from Deer Run as well. It has been great and the weather is perfect."

Tuesday evening’s events marked the 30th anniversary of the National Association of Town Watch’s National Night Out. Prosper was one of 15,000 communities across the United States, Canada and at military bases around the world to celebrate the occasion, which is dedicated to crime prevention on the local level.