The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center (LANC) is located on 28.62 acres of parkland adjacent to the Maude Cobb Activity Complex. Originally conceived in 2004, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center prepared a master plan for the property, which was accepted by the Longview City Council in 2013. LANC is included in the 2015 Longview Comprehensive Plan.
In 2015, the 501-C-3 Non-Profit Longview Arboretum and Nature Center Committee was formed to assist in development of the project. Fund-raising is currently on-going to develop Phase 1 of the property which includes formal gardens, ponds, and initial trails. The City of Longview has enjoyed a number of successful public/private partnerships such as this that improve the quality of life for its citizens through creative programs and projects. As of June 2016, support for development of Phase 1 includes:
$250,000 Recreational Trails Grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
$10,000 grant from the Sabine River Authority to promote and improve water use efficiency for the property
in-kind services from Gregg County to begin development of the on-site pond
private monetary donations
To learn more about the work of the Non-Profit Longview Arboretum and Nature Center, or to assist them in bringing this exciting vision to fruition, please visit their website or their Facebook Page.
To contact the City of Longview for more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-237-1270 or Community Services Administration Department at 903-237-1398.