By BRIAN SMITH
Parents looking for fun, family things to do with their kids on Saturday nights this June can save money and stay local at the same time.
Movies in the Park, presented by the Weatherford Parks and Recreation Department, returns June 8 for four consecutive Saturdays inside the ball fields at Holland Lake Park. Movies begin at around dusk, or 9 p.m. each evening, according to Main Street and Special Events Coordinator Kim Thieme.
Chairs and blankets can be set up in the outfield and an early arrival is encouraged to get the best seats. Good attendance was reported last year and people have begun asking about the program already in 2013, Thieme said. The free family movies are:
• “Despicable Me,” on June 8.
• “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” on June 15.
• “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” on June 22.
• “Cool Runnings,” on June 29.
The movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen. Last year, only one animated film was shown but popular
demand will increase that to two this year, Thieme said.
“Animated films are very popular at the box office right now, so we decided to show another one this year,” Thieme said.
A concession stand will be available with snacks and drinks but those that attend are encouraged to bring their own food as well. No glass bottles or alcohol are allowed in the park, per city rules.
Along with the movie, a drawing will be held for passes to Cherry Park Pool, good for all public swim hours. Speaking of swim, the Cherry Park Pool is open for business. Open swim is Monday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
For those who don’t like the heat of the day, special night swims are scheduled Monday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The popular water aerobics classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. or, for those who need an evening timeframe, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Lap swims are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Daily admission for the pool is $3 per person, and night swim is $2 per person. Season passes can be purchased for $65 per person or $195 for a family of four; resident discounts are available. Proof of residency is required and is determined with a copy of a Weatherford Electric statement and a valid driver’s license.
Season passes can be obtained by calling 817-598-4124 or in person at the recreation offices located at 119 Palo Pinto St. Passes will also be available for purchase at the Cherry Park Pool during the designated hours of public swim.
The Splash Pad at Love Street Park is also open daily, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A pavilion adjacent from the pad is great for a shaded seat, and can also be reserved for parties and special activities.
Along with the water feature, the park is home to one of the newest playgrounds in the city that hosts three separate age appropriate structures and two free-standing swing sets.
If water isn’t your thing, get a pickup game going on the basketball court, walk the trail or fish the park pond.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 817-598-4124.