Movies under the stars in Wilsonville
When the sun is shining and the weather doesn't send people to the cozy coverage of the indoors, what better time to watch a movie — outside?
As August kicks off and the rain is left behind, the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting another round of Movies in the Park that are shown on a large inflatable screen at the River Shelter in the southwest corner of Memorial Park, 8100 S.W. Wilsonville Road.
The movies, sponsored by Wilsonville Subaru, begin at dusk, though the lawn opens up around 8 p.m. On Aug. 9 there will be a showing of Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Mary Poppins Returns" will play Aug. 23.
Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler encourages families to come prior to the start of the movie to get a good spot and hang out.
"I'll often see a group of kids running around with a soccer ball, which is cool to see," Behler said.
Movies in the Park is nothing new and has been drawing neighborhood crowds since 2007.
"It's free, which is awesome," Behler said. "A lot of our programs aren't free, so it's great we've been able to keep this one free."
Behler added that Movies in the Park brings out a different part of the community that may not participate in other activities because of financial barriers, and it provides a more calm and inclusive environment that isn't as intimidating as joining one of the sports activities offered.
"They're (the movies) always family-friendly," she said.
While participation for each movie hovers around 300 people, Behler said there is still room for more.
The area in Memorial Park where the movies show are on a sloping lawn that provides a good angle for people who want to set up a chair or relax on a blanket.
"You always get a good spot," Behler said, adding that there's typically plenty of parking.
While there's no food available during the movies, Jr. Scoops serves ice cream for sale.
"If you haven't tried Jr. Scoops orange cardamom ice cream, it's their new seasonal flavor and it's insanely good and they have it there," Behler said. "People are (also) more than welcome to bring a picnic. We've seen people walk in with a pizza or bags of popcorn people make at home."
Next year, Behler wants to have more prize giveaways as activities for kids prior to the start of the film. Last month was the first time there was a prize raffle that gave away gifts like a Wilsonville Parks and Rec blanket and sunglasses. She also wants to have more community input when choosing movies next year and would provide Wilsonville residents with an online pole of animated and live action movies for all ages.
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