Walla Walla Police Department Launches Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods, to facilitate virtual Neighborhood Watch
Nextdoor Enables Residents to Connect Online in Private, Secure Websites to Build Stronger and Safer Communities. In an effort to help facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Walla Walla Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods. The Walla Walla Police Department's Nextdoor account officially launched last week, May 28, 2015.
Nextdoor is free for the residents and the City. Each Walla Walla neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The Walla Walla Police Department will be able to post important information, such as crime updates to Nextdoor sites within the city. The Police Department will not be able to access the resident's websites, contact information, or content.
"In this day and age, it is vital for neighbors to come together and look out for another. Nextdoor makes it easy for neighbors to establish a virtual neighborhood watch and help combat crime." said Chief Scott Beiber. "Nextdoor will help create a unique and effective line of communication between the Walla Walla Police Department and the community."
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
Walla Walla resident and WWPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Vicki Ruley states “I have had my neighborhood on Nextdoor for over a year. So far we have 21 members and I hope to see it grow! It is a very good thing and I love that I can let my neighborhood know what is happening and make announcements with just a click of the mouse.”
The City of Walla Walla has 22 launched Nextdoor neighborhoods and 10 Pilot areas. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.
The Nextdoor.com program is supported by Walla Walla Area Crime Watch with several Nextdoor neighborhoods in the City of College Place and throughout Walla Walla County. For more information about Walla Walla Area Crime Watch check out www.wwacw.com.
If you have questions about your Nextdoor website, you can contact Vicki Ruley, Crime Prevention Coordinator, or 524-4409.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015
• Jim Dumont: parks and recreation director
City of Walla Walla; 509‐524‐4545
• Elio Agostini: executive director
Downtown Walla Walla Foundation; 509‐529‐8755
Mumford and Sons Announce 'Gentlemen Of The Road' Stopovers in 2015
Mumford and Sons, an internationally popular and Grammy award winning British folk rock band, has
selected Walla Walla, Washington as one of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Stopovers in the
United States. The City of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in cooperation with
Whitman College and DeSales Catholic High School are pleased to host this exciting community
celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015.
Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show on the Main Stage, located at the Whitman College
Athletic Fields, along with an eclectic and energetic roster of artists selected by the band themselves. A
series of smaller music events and activities involving local businesses, artists and, most importantly,
local people will happen in and around downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of that
Each Stopover combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world‐class
music event. The Walla Walla Stopover features downtown performances by local and regional bands
beginning Thursday evening but also Friday and Saturday afternoons and after the Main Stage closes.
About this year's upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons says, "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in
busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of
which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."
The outdoor Stopovers will take place in four carefully‐selected and unique locations across America
including Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; Seaside Heights, New Jersey; and Walla Walla, Washington
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was thrilled when it received an e‐mail from the band's
promoter Madison House Presents in September of 2014 indicating that Walla Walla was being
considered for the 2015 'Gentlemen of The Road' Stopover. Immediately the City of Walla Walla Council
members and the leadership team welcomed the promoters and began seriously considering the
possibility of over 30,000 people visiting our valley. "A delegation from the city visited Troy, Ohio to
check out how the stopover worked in that city of 25,000," stated Jim Dumont, the Parks and Recreation
Director for the city, "We were impressed with what we heard and decided to make it happen here".
The City of Walla Walla, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Whitman College, the Walla Walla
Catholic Schools and several other community partners have worked together over the past five months
with Madison House Presents to make this once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience for the Walla Walla community
Walla Walla was attractive to the band and concert producers due to its vibrant, picturesque and
historic downtown; the scenic Walla Walla Valley; the proximity to park space and camping; the warm
and comfortable summer weather; and performing venue options. Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins
welcomes the anticipated thousands of visitors from around the world to our Valley, "We are proud that
our community and our downtown has been recognized for its historic character and amenities and
singled out for this unique opportunity," he stated.
Attendance at the two‐day Stopover in Walla Walla is expected to more than double the city's
population and generate a significant positive economic impact for the region. According to Nabiel
Shawa, City Manager, the region can expect an economic impact in the millions of dollars.
The Walla Walla GOTR Stopover will begin with a performance on Friday evening, August 14th featuring
the Foo Fighters. A daylong of music will continue on Saturday, August 15 with the sounds of
international known bands including The Flaming Lips. Mumford & Sons will perform on Saturday
The 'Gentlemen Of The Road' series began in 2012 and continued into 2013. Previous Stopovers
occurred in Troy, Ohio; St. Augustine, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Dixon, Illinois;
Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Simcoe, Ontario in Canada.
Tickets to the two‐day Stopovers will be $199, with no additional fees or hidden charges. Tickets for all
Stopovers will be available at gentlemenoftheroad.com beginning on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 AM.
A limited number of Walla Walla Stopover tickets will be sold to the local community at the Tourism
Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. The Visitor Center will
accept credit card purchases only and will be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday
and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticket purchases will be limited to six per person.