City corner: City offers free summer movies at Ethel Lee Tracy Park

By Jennifer Sourdellia
July 6, 2014 at 2:06 a.m.

Is the city offering any free summer activities for families?

Yes. There are several free things to do this summer in the city. Grab a blanket and your favorite lawn chair and plan to bring the family to enjoy Summer Movies in The Park, brought to you by the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Four movies will be shown in July and August. All movies begin at 8:30 p.m. "The Lego Movie" will be shown Friday in the Riverside Park Special Events Area; "Saving Mr. Banks" will be on the big screen July 25 at Ethel Lee Tracy Park; "Despicable Me 2" will be shown Aug. 8 at Riverside Park's Special Events Area; and "Frozen" will be shown Aug. 22 at Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

In addition to the Summer Movies in the Park, families can also enjoy the Silver Bullet street dances downtown near DeLeon Plaza. The Scott Taylor Band will play Thursday, and The Pear Ratz will play Aug. 14. Street dances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Victoria Public Library also offers a variety of free activities for all ages during the summer - from family crafts and movies to activities and special events/performances by magicians and story tellers. For a full lineup of summer library programs, visit

Looking for a diversion from the hot summer sun? Cool off from the extreme heat by taking your kids to the Lone Tree Creek Splashpad, 4009 E. Airline Road. The Splashpad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

There are many other free activities to do and places for families to visit and enjoy throughout our city - parks, skate park, playgrounds, pavilions, the duck pond, nature trail, hike and bike trail and the Guadalupe Paddling Trail in Riverside Park, just to name a few.

Be sure and visit our newly redesigned City of Victoria website for more information at

Does the city offer Channel VTV15 programming online?

Yes. In addition to watching Channel VTV15 on your television, programming is also available online at You can also watch City Council meetings on the city's YouTube channel.

How far away from a fire hydrant must drivers park their cars?

The results of blocking a fire hydrant during a major fire can be very tragic, so stay well clear of fire hydrants when you park your car. The Texas Transportation Code requires all drivers to park at least 15 feet away from a fire hydrant. This gives fire fighters 15 feet on both sides of the fire hydrant for handling and connecting their hoses.

Do you have a question about the City of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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