‘Family Day’ set for August 23

The 7th Annual Detective Keith L. Williams Park (formerly Liberty Park) Family Day will be held on Saturday, August 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The park is located at 173rd Street, between 106th and 107th Avenues. Families are encouraged to attend the festival to enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment, games, inflatable rides, arts & crafts, free health screenings and food. The event is designed to urge the Queens residents to come together and enjoy events that foster family unity.
In addition to the festivities, there will be a free cancer screening tests provided for eligible women in attendance, including mammography, colon and pap tests. Sponsored by the Eastern Queens Healthy Living Partnership and Mary Immaculate Hospital, screenings will be provided to women 40 years of age or older who have not had a mammogram in the past year and no previous symptoms of breast cancer.
Detective Keith L. Williams (1954-1989) was born and raised in this Jamaica neighborhood. He began his career in the Department of Corrections, where he worked until his appointment to the New York City Police Academy in 1981. Williams served in Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct and the Public Morals divisions in south Brooklyn and Queens. He was promoted to detective in 1987 and assigned to the Queens District Attorney’s Squad. Detective Williams was killed on November 13, 1989, while transporting a prisoner from court to Riker’s Island.