WINCHESTER, Va – Saturday afternoon, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Winchester Police Department, Winchester Fire & Rescue Department, and the Winchester Area NAACP are hosting the North End Summer Kickoff at Frederick Douglass Park.
Winchester Police Chief Amanda Behan said, “The whole police department looks forward to this fun event every year. We love going out, playing games like cornhole and basketball, and spending time with Winchester’s North End community.”
The family-friendly event will include a cornhole competition, basketball, face painting, music from DJ Mitch Wise and an inflatable maze house. In addition to these exciting activities, food has been donated by The Frederick County/Winchester City Law Enforcement Foundation, Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery, Firehouse Subs, Subway on Pleasant Valley Rd. and Veterans Subs.
Winchester Area NAACP President Michael Faison said, “"Building a positive relationship between the NAACP community and the Police Department is not just about bridging divides, but about forging an alliance based on trust, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to justice and equality."
The North End Summer Kickoff is a community outreach event that has been held since 2018 (with a 2 year pause for COVID) and has become a tradition for the North End community and the police and firefighters who come together to have fun, enjoy a meal, and get to know one another.
Deputy City Manager of Public Health & Safety John Piper said, “Our community in the North End of Winchester is so vibrant and full of history. We’re thrilled to continue partnering with the Winchester Area NAACP on this amazing event each year to bring our communities and our public safety officers together.”