Still battling Harvey, HPOU Picnic Committee Needs your help in finding new ’18 picnic locale

Tom Kennedy

Hurricane Harvey continues to put a crimp in one of the highlights of a typical activity-filled year sponsored by the HPOU.

As usual, the Union will steadfastly effort to resolve the situation.

We’re talking here about the annual HPOU Family Picnic. Harvey forced cancellation last year but also forced the closure of the Farm and Ranch Club, which had become the reliable venue for the event which draws hundreds of HPD officers and their families.

The HPOU Family Picnic Committee, chaired by Dan Levine, is seeking ideas for a new picnic location. Please contact Levine or any of the committee members herein listed to offer your ideas.

We need a location capable of accommodating 2,500 to 3,000 persons. Basic requirements include:

  • A comfortable open area to accommodate many child-oriented activities
  • Covered seating
  • A cooking area
  • The ability to sell beer

The HPOU is capable of supplying electricity and restroom facilities if necessary but the ideal location would include these necessities as part of the rental agreement.

The date is likely to be Nov.10, the Saturday before Veterans Day, but we are flexible.

Levine said, “We anticipate providing all the features we have traditionally offered – vendors who offering information on products and services, along with a limited number of items for sale, plenty of giveaways, door prizes for adults, plus a special kids-only door prize event.  There also will be live music, food, drinks, sno cones, face-painting, balloon artists, rides and activities for the entire family.

Besides Chairman Levine, other family picnic committee members are Joe Gamaldi, Doug Griffith, Tom Hayes, Luis Menendez-Sierra, David Riggs, Tim Butler, Brad Craig, Paul Ogden, Mike Mitchell, Bill Booth and Cole Lester.