Arlington Heights puts artistic spin on National Night Out

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 8/7/2018 9:32 PM
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  • Eight-year-old Tyler Koclanis, bottom, of Arlington Heights helps Hersey High School student Max Svienty with his Eagle Scout mural project during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      Eight-year-old Tyler Koclanis, bottom, of Arlington Heights helps Hersey High School student Max Svienty with his Eagle Scout mural project during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Kids help Hersey High School student Max Svienty paint his Eagle Scout mural project during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      Kids help Hersey High School student Max Svienty paint his Eagle Scout mural project during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • John Affatati of Arlington Heights and his 3-year-old daughter Gracie check out the inside of a police wagon during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      John Affatati of Arlington Heights and his 3-year-old daughter Gracie check out the inside of a police wagon during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Audrey Justiniani, 9, of Mount Prospect learns about fingerprinting from Arlington Heights Police Officer Chris Tatman during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      Audrey Justiniani, 9, of Mount Prospect learns about fingerprinting from Arlington Heights Police Officer Chris Tatman during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Eight-year-old Gabrielle Ruseva of Arlington Heights pets a police dog named Vargo during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      Eight-year-old Gabrielle Ruseva of Arlington Heights pets a police dog named Vargo during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Jonathan Sweeney of Belvedere poses by the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday.

      Jonathan Sweeney of Belvedere poses by the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile during National Night Out at North School Park in Arlington Heights Tuesday. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights celebrated National Night Out with a special twist Tuesday, as visitors to the yearly gathering helped Eagle Scout candidate Max Svienty's effort to bring more art to the community.

Max, a junior-to-be at Hersey High School, gave attendees to the yearly event at North School Park a chance to paint a portion of the mural he's creating for his Eagle Scout project.

The mural features Arlington Heights landmarks like the Recreation Park building, the Memorial Park flame and the downtown Metra stop. When complete, Max hopes to find places such as pools, parks or the library that will display his mural throughout the month.

This was Arlington Heights' 15th National Night Out. Part of a national campaign to build relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, the event also featured musical entertainment, kids activities and plenty of chances for police and citizens to get to know one another.

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