In these tight economic times, Greenwood may be just the place for free family fun this spring and summer.
A series of outdoor movies will premier in June and July on the football field in Old City Park, 304 S. Meridian St., just north of Greenwood Public Library, in a new partnership between the library and the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.
The three outdoor movie nights are in addition to the annual Summer Concert Series in the amphitheater behind the Community Center, 100 Surina Way.
Jane Weisenbach, the library's director of development and marketing, told the Board of Parks and Recreation at its meeting Wednesday that donors have provided the money to buy the outdoor movie equipment and no tax money is involved.
The donors are Friends of the Greenwood Public Library, Old National Bank, Indiana American Water, Sam's Club and Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Homes, she said.
"I think it's an excellent idea," said Parks Board President Mike Sawa of the outdoor movie nights.
Weisenbach said the plan is to encourage families to bring picnic baskets to save on expenses, but popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating, with the family fun beginning at 7 p.m. wiand the movies at about 9:40 p.m.
The movie events are:
June 19 -- The classic "The Pink Panther." Come dressed in your best spy attire to win a prize. Crafts and games also are planned.
July 10 -- "Sandlot." Crafts and games, including a home run derby tournament.
July 24 -- "Mary Poppins." Enter the sidewalk chalk art contest, and make and fly a kite.
The concert series at the amphitheater, arranged by parks officials, will present 21 free concerts and Shakespeare plays beginning Sunday through Sept. 13. It begins at 7 p.m. Sunday with a Greenwood Community Band performance.
A full schedule can found at the Parks and Recreation Department site at www.greenwood.in.gov
By William J. Boohe