New, free Community Safety Fair is Saturday at South Park; portion of Mass. Street will close for event

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Community Safety Fair

A lot of people who have a lot of tips for keeping you and your family safe will pack South Park on Saturday for Lawrence’s first-ever Community Safety Fair.

The free, family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, located in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Street, according to a news release from the city.

The portion of Massachusetts Street next to the park will close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event, said Natalie Ward, city marketing specialist.

Law enforcement agents from the Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety will be there, plus firefighters from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

Other organizations with booths will feature bullying prevention information, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and domestic violence and sexual assault victim support agencies.

Live music, bounce houses, food trucks and a “Touch-A-Truck” event with emergency vehicles also are planned.

Attendees are encouraged to bring items for the “Cram the Cruiser” school supply drive, and place them in their favorite first responder vehicle. Suggested items are washable markers, No. 2 pencils, glue sticks and bottles and hand sanitizer.


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