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'Neighborhood and Bar Walk' to assess safety, alcohol issues near campus

RELEASED: April 19, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, residents of the Third Ward and Randall Park neighborhoods, city officials and concerned community members will once again take the "Neighborhood and Bar Walk," an initiative sponsored by The Bridge Campus Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire.

The event, scheduled for 9 p.m. April 30-2 a.m. May 1, is an opportunity for advocates of safety and alcohol abuse prevention to observe behaviors of students and the public in Water Street bars and surrounding neighborhoods. Past walks have improved lighting, transportation and pedestrian issues. The public is invited — particularly students, educators, health care professionals and campus neighbors.

Those interested in participating should meet in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center on Water Street at 9 p.m. The evening will begin with a briefing of crime reports by the Eau Claire Police Department and a summary of current prevention efforts. The group will visit select homes of permanent residents and students, observe activity in campus neighborhoods and bars on Water Street and ride on the Right Way Shuttle.

"This is a great opportunity to bring together students and the community to proactively work out safety and neighborhood concerns," said Jennifer Lee, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education.

Participants will reconvene at 1:30 a.m. in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center for a post-walk discussion and free pizza donated by Toppers Pizza.

Groups currently involved in The Bridge Campus Community Coalition include the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education; Eau Claire Police Department; Consortium to Prevent Alcohol Abuse in Eau Claire County; Coalition for Youth; Eau Claire Area School District; UW-Eau Claire Student Senate; the university chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers; neighborhood associations; Water Street business owners; UW-Eau Claire faculty, administrators and students; and various other social service and mental health agencies in the Eau Claire area. Also sponsoring the event is the Right Way Shuttle.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Jennifer Lee at leejs@uwec.edu or 715-836-5111.

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