(Sewell,NJ) - As the giant movie screen was inflated for the first time this season, Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Frank DiMarco announced today that Gloucester County residents are invited to a free night of family entertainment as the county's new "Movies in the Park" program. This program gets underway this Friday, May 19th at James G. Atkinson Memorial Park. The feature, Madagascar begins at 8:30 pm.
Freeholders Sweeney and DiMarco said that the county has bolstered up its programming this season to include four movies in Atkinson Park, and has already scheduled a dozen additional movie dates in different municipal parks throughout the county.
"We are going to get a lot of use out of the new 16' x 9' blow up screen and sound system that we purchased last year," said Sweeney. "We have reached out to every town and offered them the opportunity to hold "Movies in the Park" in their community and the response has been overwhelming."
Sweeney said that the Freeholders felt that it was important to offer this service to each of its municipalities, so that in addition to showing great features at the county's Atkinson Memorial Park, they could make this free recreational experience available to residents throughout Gloucester County and help the towns offer more recreation programming without additional costs.
"Quality family recreational programming is a goal that we all work to achieve for our residents. We wanted to give our families a great way to connect with their community and spend time in the many beautiful parks that encompass Gloucester County and we saw the 'Movies in the Park' program as a great way to accomplish that, "Director Sweeney stated.
DiMarco said, "This new movie program is just one of the many new events we having lined up for this summer. We have a new canoeing and kayaking program available for rent on the weekends at Scotland Run Park, a new Weeknight Rock at the Park beginning with fun bands lined up and more. We always encourage our residents to come out to the county parks and enjoy the events we plan for them. It's a great way to spend time with your family and take pleasure in nature, music and movies," stated DiMarco.
Freeholder DiMarco said that the movies the county offers are rated G or PG and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the show. "Night At The Movies" held at Atkinson Park are all Friday evenings at 8:30 pm with a Saturday rain date. The rain out # is 589-0047 after 5pm.