Free movies available at Parkersburg parks

PARKERSBURG — A local non-profit has teamed up with a local volunteer organization to bring four free movies to Parkersburg’s parks beginning Friday.

The Wood County Family Resource Network and Friends of Parkersburg’s Parks will present four titles rotated in four of the city’s parks throughout the summer.

All movies are free of charge and will begin around dusk with light refreshments and popcorn, also provided free of charge. Families can begin setting up their blankets or chairs around 8 p.m. and the movies will begin as soon as it is dark enough to display.

The lineup includes: “Finding Dory” at Bicentennial Park on Friday; “Sing” at Quincy Hill Park on June 16: “Secret Life of Pets” at Southwood Park on July 14; and “Moana” at City Park on Aug. 18.

“Our goal is to provide free and safe activities for local families and to also highlight our area’s parks and the resources we have for recreation right in our own backyards. We tried to host one in every neighborhood and we hope to see the events bring together neighbors and new friends”, said Ashley Way-Fankhauser, Executive Director of the Wood County Family Resource Network.

“The City of Parkersburg has been very supportive of this endeavor by not only donating the use of the parks in-kind, but also sponsoring our first movie at Bicentennial Park. I hope these are successful and I would like to explore working with our neighboring communities in the future and bringing them to Vienna and Williamstown as well,” she said.

For more information, contact the Wood County Family Resource Network at 304-420-9574 or email