FPD’s Summer Youth Program ends with swimming, pizza
Fredericksburg Police Department recently completed its annual Summer Youth Program.
Youth ages seven to 14 years of age who reside in Gillespie County were eligible to participate in the program, which was held every Tuesday afternoon from the first week of June through the last week of July.
Approximately 100 to 175 youth participated in the program each week.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of the administrative assistants at the Fredericksburg Police Department, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as the Fredericksburg Volunteers in Police Support, Gillespie County Juvenile Probation Office and the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center,” said Braxton Roemer, lieutenant of special services.
“The program grew considerably from last year, and we are excited to see it grow even more next year,” Roemer said.
A variety of activities were planned, including a swim day at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park to kick off and conclude the summer.
On the final day, the police department provided a pizza party for the participants.
“The staff and lifeguards at the pool did a great job looking after the kids,” Roemer said.
Two movie days were held at Fritztown Cinema. The youngsters watched “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Popcorn and drinks were provided.
Roemer said, “Sloan Ruth and her staff were more than accommodating, and they were very helpful in making the program a success this year.”
A sports day was also held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Participants were able to play baseball, basketball, volleyball, football and tennis.
The youth got the chance to “hang out” with some of the police officers.
“Members of the Fredericksburg Tennis Association did a great job teaching the kids about the finer points of tennis,” according to Roemer.
Two local game wardens, Sam Harris and Clay Pipkin, and several other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department members set up a “Game Warden Day.”
Participants were able to fish in the creek. They also taught the youth about archery, and the kids were able to shoot bows and arrows at a target range.
Also, the youth participated in a water safety program that taught the kids about using life jackets and flotation devices.