Outdoor movies are set

HARLINGEN — The envelopes, please.

The votes are in and Harlingen Parks and Recreation says popular demand has determined the films “Moana,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Finding Dory” will be the three in-the-park outdoor movies for this summer.

The first film, “Moana,” will be shown Friday, June 30, at Lozano Park downtown. The movie starts around 8:30 p.m. or when the sun sets.

“‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ will be shown at Tony Butler Golf Course on July 28,” said Lara Di Paolo, recreation supervisor for the city Parks and Recreation Department.

“‘Finding Dory’ is going to be at McKelvey Park and we’re going to have that August 18, which is also a Friday, right before the kids go back to school,” Di Paolo said.

Attendance at all the films is free.

Parks department officials enlisted the public’s help in selecting the movies to be shown this summer. They selected 15 possible movies and, after eliminating a few, put the rest up for a vote on the online polling site, Survey Monkey.

The three films selected are the result of that voting.

Parks and Recreation Director Javier Mendez said last month the selection process was complicated by wanting to select films appropriate for younger kids but also movies that wouldn’t bore older kids.

Mendez thinks the choices succeeded.

The popular summer outdoor city film offerings, previously known as Movies in the Park, are returning after an absence of several years. The film series appears to have lapsed after 2013.