Valentine’s Day in El Paso: Love Locks Display, Free ‘Drive-In’ Movie at Ascarate Park
The “love locks” craze that has spread across the world has finally reached El Paso.
On Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, El Paso County Parks will give sweethearts a place to symbolize their love with a love locks display on the lake shore of Ascarate Park. A free romantic movie shown drive-in style will also be part of mix.
For the uninitiated, a 'love lock' is a padlock which couples typically write their names or initials on and then latch to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolize their commitment to one another. Although tradition calls for throwing the key into a nearby body of water, the county prefers the more environmentally conscious gesture of visitors either keeping their key or disposing it in the designated area.
Throwing the key into the lake will be considered littering and can result in expulsion from the park.
Along with the opportunity to publicly display your love, the County will also be bringing the tradition of drive-in movies back to the Lower Valley with a free lakeside showing of the romantic comedy 50 First Dates.
A designated parking area will be cordoned off so that you and your boo can watch the funny and sweet Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie on "the largest inflatable screen in the city" drive-in style from the comfort of your car while you listen to it on your car radio.
You can even make a whole non-traditional dinner and movie night out of it as a handful of food trucks will be onsite for movie snacks and food, according to the County Park website.
No sitter? No problem, make it a family night then. Valentine’s Day in Ascarate Park is a family friendly event. There will be a separate area for outdoor seating for those who would rather bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the movie alfresco.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. 50 First Dates will begin just after sundown; approximately 6:45 p.m. Not only is this special Valentine's Day event free, the County is even going to waive the parking and walk-in fee for the evening.
For day-of-the-event information, visit the El Paso County Parks & Special Events Facebook.