Voters approved $24.71 million in park improvements across the Longview community. Learn more about those projects on the Bond Election page.
A trail Master Plan was completed in January 2009. Since that time, existing sections in Akin and Guthrie were reconstructed with concrete and Boorman Trail was completed. The next development in order to meet the goal of interconnecting existing trails is to extend Guthrie.
Phase 1 connects Cargill Long Trail at Fourth Street to Akin Trail at Delwood. The total length of this section is 5,078 feet. Total project cost was $1.9 million. Construction began in the summer of 2018 and was completed in June 2019.
Phase 2 will connect Akin Trail at Eden to Guthrie Trail at Johnston. The total length of this section is 4,659 feet. Alignment and design of this project began in July 2018 and utility relocation began in June 2019. The final design is anticipated in Fall of 2019 with construction beginning in Spring of 2020. This project's expected completion date is in the Fall of 2021.
Phase 3 will connect Guthrie Trail at McCann to Boorman Trail at Hwy 80. The total length of this section is 4,067 feet. Alignment and design of this project began in July 2018 and utility relocation began in June 2019. The final design is anticipated in Fall of 2019 with construction beginning in Spring of 2020. This project's expected completion date is in the Fall of 2021.
Click here to see plans for phases 2 and 3.
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center Website
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center Grand Opening - Nov. 2, 2019
A common theme in the Park Master Plan was to improve existing parks. The plan called for the replacement of 1 to 2 playgrounds each year. In 2016, Akin playground was replaced. In 2017, Rotary/AMBUCS Park received a facelift with a new playground, new concrete paths, shade canopy and landscape improvements. In 2018, Teague Park has been improved with a new playground, new concrete paths, retaining wall by the lake and additional landscape.
Skate Park (Dodson Action Sports Complex)
Located at Ingram Park, construction is currently underway for a skate park in place of the former tennis courts. The new amenity is the result of a public-private partnership in which the City of Longview provided $40,000 funds to match the amount raised by community volunteers. The parks board has recommended approval of naming the facility the Dodson Action Sports Complex in honor of Aaron Dodson who led the volunteer and fundraising effort. Learn more about the project on the volunteer group's facebook page.
Located at Teague Park, the Veterans Recognition Foundation has raised funds to develop Veterans Plaza with a replica Vietnam Memorial Wall as well as monuments dedicated to the branches of the military, service men and women and wars and conflicts. For additional information visit http://www.vetplaza.org/