Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head on out to Heritage Park this summer when the City of Slidell presents Slidell Movie Nights on select Saturday evenings this summer on June 25, July 9, July 23 and August 6. The movies will begin at sunset, at roughly 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

People are invited to bring their ice chests (and bug spray!) to the park to enjoy the free movies. Bring your appetites too, because concessions from Olde Towne Slidell Main Street will be available for a nominal charge.

The 2022 summer movie lineup includes:

  • June 25 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • July 9 – Encanto
  • July 23 – Mary Poppins
  • August 6 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
“We do try to pick movies that both adults and children will enjoy and that are appropriate for families to watch together,” said Alex Carollo, Director of the city’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs.” If you want to know if a certain movie is suitable for your children, you can visit websites such as Kids-in-Mind and Common Sense Media for more information about objectionable content in each movie.”

Guests are encouraged to bring their ice chests, picnic baskets, blankets, and chairs to enjoy a picnic in the park. On-site catering from participating vendors will also be available for a nominal charge.

“It’s great to see so many people of all ages come out and enjoy these movies each and every year,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “This is another great family-friendly event for our community and I encourage everyone to come out to Heritage Park and join us for Slidell Movie Nights.”

Slidell Movie Nights began as a Leadership Northshore 2014 class project and the City of Slidell continues this popular outdoor event for families to continue to enjoy each summer.

Slidell Movie Nights is produced by the City of Slidell Department of Cultural & Public Affairs with the assistance the departments of Parks & Recreation and Public Operations. These Olde Towne Slidell Main Street and Louisiana Cultural District events are sponsored by the City of Slidell’s 2021/2022 Cultural Season Sponsors, including Edge of the Lake Magazine; Lake 94.7; Plus Publications; The Slidell Independent; Slidell Magazine; Slidell Savings Magazine; Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner; In Memory of Ronnie Kole; Silver Slipper Casino; Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert; Home Instead; Lori’s Art Depot; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Purple Armadillo Again, LLC; P. David Carollo, Attorney-at-Law; CiCi’s Pizza; Mayor Greg Cromer; State Representative Mary DuBuisson, District 90; Dr. David Hildebrandt – Slidell Family Dentistry; Old School Eats Food Truck; Pizza Platoon; Pontchartrain Investment Management; Slidell Historic Antique Association; and Tanya Witchen – Engel & Völkers Real Estate.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, visit MySlidell.com or follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook and Instagram.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the city’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. Cancellation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

On Tuesday, May 24, Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer and members of the Slidell City Council gathered at Possum Hollow Park to rename the city pool the Lionel J. Washington Community Pool. Mr. Washington’s family also joined city administrators for the dedication ceremony.

“Lionel wasa trailblazer and a pioneer in our community,” said Cromer, “He was the first African-American person on the Slidell City Council. He served on the council for 24 years and was as an educator with St. Tammany Parish Public School System for 35 years. He was instrumental in getting the CDBG money for this community pool back in the 1980s. Swimming and water safety education were important projects for Lionel and this pool that he helped bring to our city adds to his legacy in our community.”

COX Business also made a donation to the Slidell Boys and Girls Club to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the community pool.

“We are dedicated to creating meaningful partnerships with the City of Slidell and the community. The Boys and Girls Club plays a vital role in providing safe and educational environments where students can connect with one another,” said Leigh King, Vice President of Cox Business Louisiana. “Some of the best memories for adults were created spending time at their community pools, and Cox is excited that we could invest in making summer fun for children.”

“We are grateful to COX for the investment they have made in Slidell,” said Cromer. “We look forward to a continuing partnership with COX for the benefit of our community.”

The Lionel J. Washington Community Pool opens at 12 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The pool is open during the summer, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 12 to 6 p.m. The cost is $1 per person.

Group swim lessons through Lakeside Swim Club are also available at the community pool  for $125 for six lessons. For more information, please call Nicole Beebe at (228) 363-2601.

The City of Slidell broke ground on Thursday, March 24, on the Tammany Trace to Heritage Park project at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Bayou Lane. Mayor Cromer, members of the Slidell City Council, and elected and city officials were present.

The project includes the installation of a ten-foot-wide recreational trail from Heritage Park to the east end of Strawberry Street. Upon completion of this project, St. Tammany Parish Government will complete the connection to the Trace to the existing path at Gause Blvd. W.

The City of Slidell is funding a portion of this project through a FHWA Recreational Program for Louisiana grant. The total cost of the project is approximately $681,000.

For more information about City of Slidell news and upcoming events, you can sign up for our email news list on our website at MySlidell.com or visit the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

The City of Slidell is pleased to announce that there is now public WiFi in several public parks in the City of Slidell, Louisiana.

The City of Slidell hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the WiFi in Public Parks last week at Possum Hollow Park. Mayor Cromer, members of the Slidell City Council, and elected and city officials were in attendance.

The project included the installation of equipment that provides wireless internet at the following four parks: Veterans Memorial Park (including the tennis courts and baseball field), Ducksworth, Possum Hollow, and Griffith parks.

The City of Slidell funded this project through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program which provides annual grants to develop viable urban communities. The total cost of the project was approximately $112,000, and the work was completed by In-Telecom.

Public WiFi will eventually be added to all the city parks, including Heritage, John Slidell, and the neighborhood parks.

For more information about City of Slidell news and upcoming events, you can sign up for our email news list on our website at MySlidell.com or visit the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

The City of Slidell is hosting a Public Meeting for a proposed skate park in Slidell on Wednesday, March 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium Meeting Room, located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell.

“We’ve heard you loud and clear, Slidell!” said Mayor Greg Cromer. “I have talked to many skateboarders in our community over the last several years about a skate park, and we are exploring different options for a skating facility in Slidell. We want to hear from the skating community about what features they would want in a skate park. I encourage everyone to join us for this public meeting.”

For more information about the Slidell Skate Park Public Meeting, please contact the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375.

 

Keep Slidell Beautiful and the Slidell Tree Board will host their annual Tree Giveaway on Saturday, February 5, starting at 8 a.m. at Fritchie Park.
Like the last several years, this will be a drive-through giveaway. The public should remain in their vehicles at all times. Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one tree is allowed per vehicle. 
For more information, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 985-646-4371. For information about City of Slidell news and upcoming events, you can sign up for our email news list on our website at www.myslidell.com or visit the  “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook. You can also follow Keep Slidell Beautiful on Facebook.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Join Keep Slidell Beautiful on Friday, July 9 for their Christmas in July Holiday Light Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Christmas on Front Holiday Light Displays.

Tickets are $80 each or two for $150 and include admission, food, open bar and entertainment by WITNESS. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite, but to avoid online service fees, tickets can be purchased directly from Trey Brownfield, Keep Slidell Beautiful Director, by emailing tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or calling (985) 646-9564.

“Last Christmas, I was overwhelmed by the support that we received from our community coming together to support Keep Slidell Beautiful’s Christmas on Front Street initiative and bringing back holiday light displays that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Brownfield. “We have plans to go bigger and better this year by extending the lights further down Front Street and maybe into other parts of Slidell. But to do this, we need your continued support.”

Table Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 which includes a table for eight people, acknowledgment in event publicity, recognition during and after the event, and one full-scene light display sponsorship during Christmas on Front in November and December 2021.

In 2020, Keep Slidell Beautiful was able to raise over $20,000 in sponsorships and in-kind support from local businesses and organizations for Christmas on Front.

For more information, please contact Brownfield at tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or (985) 646-9564.