FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 17, 2006
Contact: Matt Chase, Films in the Park.com; 503-504-9968
Allison Browne, Natural Areas Parks and Streams, 503-808-1266
Films in the Park.com joins growing coalition in support of
Natural Areas, Parks and Streams Measure
Portland, OR - The Natural Areas, Parks and Streams bond measure campaign today announced a new member of their growing coalition - the latest film screening series and outdoor cinema project by Media Events, Inc. / BigScreenMagic.com, Films in the Park.com.
"Portland is a special place. When it comes to the things that make up a good quality of life, our metropolitan area still has things that other places have lost," said Rod Pitman, spokesman for Films in the Park.com. "That's why Films in the Park.com is excited to join the coalition supporting the 2006 Natural Areas, Parks and Streams Bond Measure to protect the land around our rivers, streams and natural areas. Their mission is a natural fit with our focus on preserving the culture and beauty of outdoor cinema for all generations to enjoy. These types of cultural and environmental ideals are what make our city so unique and such a great place to live."
With over one-million people expected to move Portland over the next 25 years, the 2006 Natural Areas Parks and Streams Bond Measure was created to help plan for such growth by protecting land for parks and natural areas that might otherwise be threatened by development. Referred to the November 7th, 2006 ballot by the Metro Council, voters can review and approve a specific, binding plan to protect natural areas and water quality.
As outlined in the text of the measure, this plan specifies that the $227.4 million generated by the bond measure must be spent on projects that maintain and improve water quality, preserve fish and wildlife habitat, protect natural areas, and enhance public access to nature. "I've read the measure, and there's lots of built-in accountability and citizen oversight - so I'm convinced the money will be spent as promised," said Michael Sadorus, President of Media Events , Inc.
Films in the Park.com is a unique outdoor cinematic experience which will present a film every Tuesday night for seven weeks starting July 18. Featuring an eclectic mix of fun and nostalgic films, each screening will start at dusk above the banks of the Willamette River in Oaks Amusement Park along the Springwater Corridor Trail. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m.; food and beverages will be available; a $5.00 suggested donation will be collected at the gate to cover production and promotion costs. "We're excited to team up with Films in the Park.com," said Allison Browne of the bond measure campaign. "It's a great opportunity to have fun and spread the word about the need to protect clean water and natural areas as the Portland area grows."
Interested parties are invited to visit www.savenaturalareas.org and www.filmsinthepark.com to learn more.