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Lathrop plans on six installments of ‘Movies in the Park’

It’s not quite summer yet. 

But by the end of this week, the summer schedule for the City of Lathrop will be solidified – movies and all. 

When the Lathrop Parks and Recreation Commission meets on Thursday, May 2, the six installments of the city’s popular “Movies in the Park” program will be highlighted as well as other major events that are planned for the hot summer months that typically scorch the Central Valley. 

According to the agenda prepared for the upcoming meeting, the dates that are currently scheduled are:

Wreck-It Ralph 2 on June 7 at Sangalang Park. 

Mary Poppins Returns on June 21 at Vega Park.

Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse on July 12 at Park West. 

The Incredibles 2 on July 26 at Mossdale Park. 

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World on August 9 at Valverde Park. 

Wonder Park on September 20 at Vega Park. 

The introduction of the bi-monthly movie event has been widely popular each year with residents since being proposed by Parks and Recreation Director Zach Jones – something he brought in from his time in Sacramento County. 

The roving nature of the events makes them accessible to individual neighborhoods rather than bringing people to specific parks – which is the way that the city used to approach recreational opportunities – and the free events serve as a chance for families to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures with fellow residents in a fun and festive atmosphere. 

This year the city is also planning a pair of summer concerts in the park – on June 14th and July 19th at the amphitheater at the Lathrop Generations Center – and is trying something different with a comedy night on August 16th at the outdoor amphitheater as well.

The dates are largely informational for the body that oversees the city’s recreational schedules and opportunities, having already been discussed and approved. 

There are no consent calendar items for approval at the meeting on Thursday, and the only scheduled item that requires commission action is the presentation of the parks and recreation department of the bi-annual budget for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 fiscal years. 

Much like the City of Lathrop’s budget, which is adopted in two-year increments, the parks department plans out two years in advance to cut down on the amount of staff time necessary to prepare budgets. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.