El Paso County Parks & Special Events is bringing the tradition of drive-in movies back to the lower valley. This Valentine’s Day, 50 First Dates will be shown on the largest inflatable screen in the city. The movie sound will be broadcast over the radio on a designated station. The sound will also be played over speakers outside the vehicles. Gates open at 5 and a designated parking area will be ready for cars to park facing the screen. The movie will begin after sundown, approximately 6:45 pm.
Guests are encouraged to come early as spots are limited! There will also be an area available for outdoor seating for those wishing to bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the movie outside of their vehicle. This event is free, and there will be no charge for parking that evening.
Food trucks will be onsite for movie snacks and food. No alcohol is allowed in County Parks and those found violating the policy will be asked to leave. All cars should dim their lights upon entering and exiting the movie area, and drive cautiously. This event is family friendly and everyone is encouraged to attend! For more event information, please click the button below.
Additionally, the Ascarate Park maintenance team hand built and welded a heart shaped metal structure that is installed along the eastern shore of the lake. Couples can place locks on the hearts to signify their love. Love locks are a tradition started in Europe and are symbolic of everlasting love. Locks can be attached to the hearts and left as part of the display. Park visitors are asked to keep their key or dispose of it in the designated area. Photos of the locks can be shared on social media with #loveascarate.
Throwing the key into the lake will be considered littering and can result in expulsion from the park. Locks cannot be placed elsewhere in the park and will be removed. Locks placed on the structure will not be monitored or maintained by park staff and are subject to removal at park management’s discretion. The structure will stay in the park as a semi- permanent display.