Biking, outdoor movie on tap

Staff Reports

TROY — Cherry Street Commons will be turned into an outdoor movie theater 0n Aug. 12 as area residents gather at Nort Cherry and West Water streets to view the comedy movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” at dusk.

Prior to the movie, a host of other family activities will be offered, including:

• Family fun activities will start at 6 p.m. at Treasure Island Park. Families are encouraged to park at Hobart Arena and then bike to Treasure Island Park for the activities.

• At 7:30 p.m., the Troy Fire Department bike medics will lead a bike ride to Cherry Street Commons, where a bike corral will be provided.

• At 8 p.m., additional family activities are being planned for Cherry Street Commons.

• At dusk, the movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” will start.

• At the conclusion of the movie, the bike medics will lead a bike ride back to Hobart Arena.

Families are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy the movie under the stars.

Leading up to movie, a “Where’s the Bike?” contest will be held between July 28 and Aug. 11. Participants can be eligible to win one of two bikes. Contest details include:

• Contestants will pick up contest cards at participating stores and restaurants, where they will get a sticker for their card once they find the “Pee-wee” located in each participating business.

• Once contestants receive at least 10 of 20 stickers, they are eligible to be entered to win one of two bikes by dropping off completed cards to the first floor of City Hall.

• A designated “Where’s the Bike?” collection box will be available at City Hall during business hours. After business hours, completed cards may be placed in the City Hall night depository located to the right just inside the City Hall entrance at 100 S. Market St.

• Contestants who take selfies with Pee-wee and post it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with #ifoundthebike, #cherrystcommons, #activatetroy, and tag a business, will be entered to win other prizes.

• Winners will be contacted prior to the event and announced immediately before the movie.

The movie is part of a community-led master plan that is still being created for the redevelopment and revitalization of the downtown riverfront. The plan recommends many different proposed ideas to make the city stronger, more vibrant, and competitive. The primary purpose of this plan is to attract and keep people of all ages living, working and enjoying life in Troy. The plan proposes many ideas — not just new event venues.

While plans are still under development, there is at least one more public forum — two have already been held — upcoming where residents can learn the details of the master plan, ask questions and give their feedback. This public presentation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., across from the Methodist Church and behind City Hall. Representatives of many of the public-private steering committees will be on hand, and anyone with questions, concerns, or curiosity are encouraged to attend. The committee is thinking that additional public meetings might be a good idea and are looking at dates, times, and places in the future.

For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit the city of Troy website at