On a pleasant evening in August, the Marshall Park Neighborhood Association held its annual picnic in the park, to celebrate National Night Out. Over 100 neighbors, children, and dogs turned out to enjoy the event. Portland Parks representatives talked to neighbors about ideas for a new playground, and many people filled out a survey to provide feedback. Portland Police dropped in to chat with people. The children were especially impressed with the big police motorbike. Several little ones got to sit in the seat, and I think some adults would have liked to do that too! We enjoyed chatting with neighbors and listening to fiddle music in the background. And due to many generous donations, people were able to enjoy free hot dogs, veggie dogs, lemonade, and ice cream. Mmmmmm! We also had a free raffle which was very popular. We had some really great prizes this year, including gift certificates to local businesses, a NET safety tool, and a bird feeder. Much gratitude to Safeway, Market Of Choice, SWNI, Southwest Community Center, Domino Hardwood Floors, Bella's Garage, Portland Parks and Recreation, Ice Cream Express, ONI Crime Prevention Office, and several anonymous donations. And a big thanks to all the wonderful volunteers.