Longview is one step closer to connecting 10 miles of trails. The City will celebrate the completion of Guthrie Trail Phase 1 with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., Friday, August 16. The event will take place on the trail near the intersection of Fourth Street and Clinic Drive. The public is invited to attend.
At just more than one mile in length, Guthrie Trail Phase 1 connects the existing Cargill Long Park Trail at Fourth Street to the existing Akin Park Trail on Delwood Drive. When Phase 2 and 3 are completed, the Guthrie Trail extension project will provide a connection between the existing Paul Boorman Trail and Cargill Long Park Trail.
Funding for Phase 1 was provided by the Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO). Funding for Phases 2 and 3 was provided by grants from the Texas Transportation Commission with matching funds provided by LEDCO. Phase 2 and 3 will extend the trail from Akin Park at Eden Drive to Guthrie Park and then from Guthrie Park to Paul Boorman Trail near Highway 80.
According to Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron, “We are thankful to LEDCO for recognizing the importance of a vibrant parks and green space to the overall quality of life in Longview. We regularly hear from residents that trails are a top priority, so we are thrilled to be moving forward in the long-term effort to provide a connected trail system.”