City launches Movies in the Park across LH

By Naomi Osuna
La Habra Journal

La Habra families and friends gathered to watch the newest “Cinderella” movie at Brio Park on June 17.
Throughout the summer the city of La Habra Community Services Department, Recreation Division, will be presenting Movies in the Park for everyone in the community. The Movies in the Park are held at different parks in the city, but the most frequently used is Brio Park. Attendees can enjoy arts and crafts, and games in addition to the movie, as well as having the opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks or bringing their own food.
The Movies in the Park is a free event and open to all who would like to attend. The Recreation Division encourages everyone to bring family and friends to see the movie and join in on the fun. The movies begin at dusk and most families arrive early to get their choice of seating area for the movie while the kids run around and play on the playgrounds and join in on the activities provided. There are many options to entertain the kids and a variety of snacks and drinks for anyone who doesn’t have time to stock up before the event starts.
Senior Recreation Leader, Jake Lujan, says, “The turnout for the movies in the park has been great”. According to Lujan they have been trying to get more parks in the city involved and so far they have had the best turn out at the Brio Park location. “I’d say we average at about 100 people at an event, and 40 of those are kids. At the last event we had a lot of kids show up, they play games and have a lot of fun.”
Lujan also said that this is their third time at Brio Park this summer. According to Lujan, the Movies in the Park start in the months leading up to and running just after summer, however, “the bulk of them are in the summer.”
When asked why they put together Movies in the Park he said, “we do this to get families out on a Friday night get them out of the house, and to spend more time with their family. They don’t have to spend any money, they get to come to the park, hangout and we get to show them a movie on our big screen. It’s basically a way to get them out of the house without spending a dime. This is our way of giving back to the community.”
Two mothers who attended this Friday’s event are close friends, Cheryl Bidwell and Alicia Burk. They brought their daughters to see the movie. According to Bidwell and Burk, this was their first movie in the park and their daughters seemed happy.
Burk said, “this is a fun thing to do with your kids, and you can turn it into a family thing.” She later said she would definitely recommend the Movies in the Park to other people.
The next Movies in the Park will be “Minions”, on Friday, July 15 at Montwood Park. For more information about Movies in the Park or the dive-in movies you can contact La Habra Recreation Division at (562) 383-4205.

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