Throughout the years, the Longview park systems has reaped the myriad benefits of partnering between the City of Longview and the community. These benefits include leveraging tax dollars with grants and donations to renovate or expand public facilities, volunteers working to provide programs to enhance the quality of life for residents, governmental entities working together to achieve common goals, and individuals wanting to give back in so many different ways to their community.
Longview’s Park System and Public Spaces are the result of passionate, caring and involved organizations and individuals that believe in Longview and the importance of building and sustaining Quality of Life projects that benefit the entire community. Thanks to these donations, Longview’s citizens are able to enjoy a variety of public passive and active recreational experiences in venues throughout the community.
Individuals or groups interested in starting a park improvement project are encouraged to contact the Parks and Recreation Department. Proposed park projects must receive approval from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and, depending on the scope of the project, City Council. In addition, the projects oftentimes work in conjunction with the PALS Foundation.
Go Giver Fund
Inspired by "The Go-Giver" authors Bob Burg and John David Mann, Mayor Andy Mack established a Go-Giver Fund as a way to encourage the community to contribute towards important causes in Longview.
Jack Mann Splash Pad at Lear Park
The Jack Man Splash Pad at Lear Park is the largest splash pad in East Texas. The first and second phases of the Splash Pad were funded in part by various sponsors, the City of Longview, Longview Economic Development Corporation, and Gregg County. Additional phases are planned as funding becomes available. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available.
Keep Longview Beautiful
Art from the Heart
A community art project led by Keep Longview Beautiful began with a sculpture placed at Flewellen Park. Additional projects are planned each year. Donations opportunities are available.
In 2015, Keep Longview Beautiful initiated a fund-raising project for the construction of "The Green." The unique event park will be built on 9 acres of land located at the entryway at Hwy 31 and Spur 63. The project is being done in conjunction with the entryway improvements made possible when Keep Longview Beautiful won the Governor's Achievement Award for $270,000. The total cost of the development of "The Green" is approximately $1.2 million. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center
The City of Longview is working in partnership with a local nonprofit to develop a multi-acre arboretum on city-owned wooded property located adjacent to the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. A master plan has been created for the arboretum and fundraising is underway.
Longview Bicycle Club
In 2013, The Longview Bicycle Club conceived the idea to construct an off-road trail along Grace Creek. The Grace Greek Mountain Bike Trail's trailhead begins adjacent to the Maude Cobb Activity Complex and goes south along Grace Creek. The group initially created approximately 7 miles or trail and continues to add more trail.
Longview Disc Golf Association
Longview's first disc golf course was installed in 2004 by a local Boy Scout group. Since then, the Longview Disc Golf Association has made a number of improvements and adjustments, the most recent being concrete tee boxes at Guthrie. The LDGA hosts a weekly mini tournament which rotates between Guthrie and Hinsley at 2 p.m. each Sunday.
Longview Dog Park, Inc.
Opened in 2011, Longview Dog Park, Inc. worked with the City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department to create East Texas’ first Dog Park, Stragent Dog Park. Located adjacent to the northern portion of the Paul Boorman Trail, the non-profit partnership has added agility / playground equipment, trees, and benches. In 2015, the nonprofit helped reconfigure the park to provide additional space for small dogs. Additional projects and improvements are planned as funding becomes available.
Miracle League of East Texas
The Miracle League of East Texas is a non-profit organization that is currently raising funds to construct a fully accessible baseball field at Lear Park. Fundraising is underway with a goal of more than $500,000. Construction is expected to begin in late 2015.
Veterans Recognition Foundation
The City of Longview works with the Veterans Recognition Foundation to beautify Teague Park as well as bring awareness to the heroes in our community who have served in the military.