PHOTO: Kids stand in line to buy Italian ice from a vendor as smoke rises from a grill in the background at the 25th annual Patrol Borough Queens South Harmony Picnic at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica. Forum Photo by Greg Zwiers.
Hundreds of area kids gathered to climb a rock wall, play on giant inflatables and enjoy food while a DJ performed at Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park in Jamaica for the 25th annual Patrol Borough Queens South Harmony Picnic this week.
Assistant Chief David Barrere, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, said the picnic offers a chance for young people from all around South Queens to gather and enjoy themselves.
“We want today to be about friendly, fun competition,” he added.
NYPD officers helped run the event and interacted with the kids. A few officers tossed footballs back and forth as others handed out water to participants on the humid, 80-degree day. Barrere noted that they had bussed kids from all eight precincts under his command.
Hot dogs and hamburgers were donated as well as food from a halal food cart for children with religious dietary restrictions. Barrere said he wanted there to be no reason for anyone to be excluded from the Harmony Picnic.
By Greg Zwiers