By Lindsay Starr Platt
On June 11 Belton’s Park and Recreation held their first of two Movies in the Park events for the summer. Residents all ages gathered at Heritage Park with their favorite blankets and pillows for a night of togetherness under the stars. With the rising anticipation of the approaching sundown, children participated in potato sack races, flag football, and free-style dancing to help pass the time away.
“We at the Parks and Recreation Department really enjoy during these Movies in the Park. We could not be this successful without the help from The Grand Avenue Theater, our local police department, and the many volunteers here tonight,” said Director of Recreation and Events Matt Bates.
According to beltontexas.gov, The Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is to provide clean, safe, and well-maintained outdoor recreation space, park lands, and recreational programming to the citizens of Belton.
The featured presentation, Pixar Animation Studios’ A Good Dinosaur, was released in 2015 about a time 65 million years ago when the asteroid that would have caused the extinction of dinosaurs passes over earth resulting in a boy and a dinosaur becoming life-long friends.
The Grand Avenue Theater of Belton is the event’s main sponsor.
“We have done the Belton and Temple Movies in the Park events for the past three years. The concept of watching movies in the park has been around for awhile. The City of Belton wants to be more active in the way we do parks and recreation. Belton is really trying to be more proactive; so Movies in the Park is Belton’s way of being more proactive on recreational activities with the residents of Belton. It is a good community event. People can come and enjoy getting to know each other. The events help build a sense of community,” said Grand Avenue Theater developer and City Counsel member David K. Leigh of Stratasys.
Parks and Recreation’s next Movies in the Park will be July 16 at Harris Community Park featuring Pixar Animation Studios’ Inside Out.
For more information on The Parks and Recreation Department, please visit www.beltontexas.gov.