Parks Projects

The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to continually offering new and exciting facilities for the community. The Park Master Plan is the guideline that helps determine the needs and wants of the public.


Guthrie Trail


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 will connect Cargill Long Trail at 4th St. to Akin Trail at Delwood is scheduled to begin in 2017.  
Phase 2 will connect Akin Trail at Eden to Guthrie Trail at Johnston.  
Phase 3 will connect Guthrie Trail at McCann to Boorman Trail at Hwy 80. 

Click here to see plans for this project. 

Heritage Plaza

Originally built in 2000, this park portrays Longview's history and provides an assembly place.  With the increased popularity of a music and movie series, a stage will be added in 2017.

Longview Arboretum and Nature Center


The development of an arboretum in Longview has been discussed for a number of years.  A master plan was developed in 2013 and further refined in 2016.  Construction of Phase I is scheduled to begin in 2017 with the development of a pond, trail and formal garden area.  For additional information visit http://www.longviewarboretum.org/

Miracle Field of East Texas

These specialized fields are designed to allow individuals with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to participate in baseball.  The City has partnered with the Miracle League of East Texas to construct a field that will be ready for play in 2017.

Playgrounds

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.  Rotary/AMBUCS, as the oldest remaining playground will be replaced in 2017.  

The Green

In conjunction with Keep Longview Beautiful, The Green will be an eco-friendly event venue.  This 9.4 acre park will focus on environmental education, conservation, health, arts and culture. City Council awarded the contract to Harrison, Walker & Harper in April. Construction began May 22, and will be completed this fall. This aerial photo was taken on May 30. 

Veterans Plaza

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/