Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Why was an election called to consider the removal of Hinsley’s “park” designation?
A.  Developers approached the City of Longview interested in developing the Hinsley Park property. Any action to remove a “park” designation from a property requires approval by voters, so Longview City Council placed a proposition on the ballot for November 3, 2015.

Q.  What happens if the park designation is removed?
A.  An affirmative vote would not transfer the property immediately. If the park designation is removed, City Council would be given the authority to negotiate terms with developers and to sell the property. City Council could still choose not to sell the property if they were not satisfied with the terms of the agreement.

Q.  If approved, would a replacement park be constructed?
A.  In the proposal being discussed, the City of Longview would require the developers to fund and construct a replacement park with new amenities including replacement fields and disc-golf course.

Q.  If approved, would Hinsley Park close right away? Would league play be interrupted?
A.  If voters approve removal of park designation, Hinsley Park would not close immediately and there would not be an interruption to park services. Hinsley Park would continue to be used until a new replacement park was completed. League and tournament play would not be interrupted.

Q.  How can we learn more about the proposal?
A.  A public hearing is scheduled during a Special Called City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St. The developers plan to provide additional information about the proposed redevelopment project at that time. Feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-237-1270 or visit LongviewTexas.gov to learn more about the proposal.