Residents descended on Joseph Mafera Park in Ridgewood on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime, an event put on by police precincts all across the country on the first Tuesday in August.
Over 100 people of all ages enjoyed a free barbecue, a face-painting station and a dunk tank, courtesy of the 104th Precinct.
Some of the night’s most popular attractions included an inflatable obstacle course, a jousting ring and a water slide, which had a perpetual line of kids at the bottom waiting their turn to take the ride.
Even most parents got in on the fun, snapping endless pictures of their soaked, smiling children.
— Christopher Barca
Ridgewood youngsters Christian Martinez, left, and Tyler Vergara joust as other children look on at the 104th Precinct’s event.
Chris Lugo, left, Catherine Jerez, Emma Jerez, Junior Jerez and Eduardo Rolano were all smiles on Tuesday.
Juliana Schiefer and another girl climb to the top of the water slide while Teron McDonald of Ridgewood slides down head first. His friend, fellow Ridgewood resident Nick Quiles, waits for him at the bottom.
Getting by with a little help from their friends.
The Schiefer sisters, 6-year old Juliana and 7-year-old Elizabeth, glide down the inflatable slide with smiles on their faces. The slide was one of the many attractions that proved to be a hit with the dozens of kids who came to the event.
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