FORTY FORT - At first glance, it’s just a simple construction of PVC pipe and canvas.
To Andy Tuzinski, the portable movie screen being assembled in Forty Fort Park is a gateway to treasured childhood memories yet to come for local children, including his son Jack, 7.
“I want him to experience what it was like growing up in Forty Fort the way I did,” Tuzinski, 46, said.
Tuzinski and other volunteers with the recently-created Families for Forty Fort Park group are hosting a free showing of the children’s film, “Monsters, Inc.” at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the park on Wyoming Avenue.
Intended to be fun in its own right, the movie will be screened in conjunction with a bake sale to help support the borough’s application for a $250,000 state grant to fund the park and its swimming pool, said Dottie Craig, chairwoman of borough council’s recreation committee.
The borough must contribute 20 percent, or $50,000, toward the project under the rules of the state Department of Community and Economic Development Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant officials are seeking, Craig said. Volunteers have no target for how much they hope to contribute, but “anything would help,” Craig said.
The grant would help with such work as replacing an original water main leading into the pool complex, which dates to 1938, Craig said — vital infrastructure, albeit largely unseen, she added.
Keeping the park in good shape is important to members of Families for Forty Fort Park, but so, too, is helping to organize activities that will focus community interest on the facility. That role became more important after a previous group of families became less involved after their children grew up, said Craig’s daughter-in-law, Amy Craig.
“I didn’t want to see that (community involvement) go away,” Amy Craig said.
In addition to Wednesday night’s movie, the group is planning a “Dip and Dance” at the pool from 7 to 10 p.m. July 12, with a luau theme, according to their Facebook page. Admission is $4 per person, children 2 and under are free. Anyone who already has a pool pass is free.
For Tuzinski, good times at the pool bring back many memories from his youth during the 1970s and ’80s.
“Growing up, my mother used to joke that she never had to do laundry in the summer,” Tuzinski said. “She would just hang the bathing suits and T-shirts on the line to dry.”
Already, Tuzinski sees Jack following in his footsteps.
“He likes going to the park. We go to the pool. He already has his own group of buddies.”