Proposition C: Parks

Improvements are on the way for several neighborhood parks, and the Longview Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback on the bond-funded enhancements. A series of community meetings have been held to discuss upgrades to Lois Jackson Park, McWhorter Park, Patterson Park, Spring Creek Park, Stamper Park and Womack Field. The meetings were hosted by Parks staff and the corresponding city council member.

In November 2018, Longview voters approved $24.7 million in park improvements. The projects will be completed from bonds issued in 2019 and 2023.

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The following are estimated project descriptions, which are subject to change due to a variety of factors such as availability of funding, engineering requirements, and other considerations. 

Lear Park: $8.8 million

  • Original Master Plan developed in 1999. Updated in 2005.
  • Prior to the 2018 bond election, Lear Park included:
    • 15 soccer fields (2 with lights)
    • 8 softball fields (200 ft. fields with lights)
    • 4 baseball fields (2-300 ft. fields and 2 250 ft. fields with lights)
    • Miracle League Field
    • Kids View playground
    • Jack Mann Splash Pad (1 of 3 sections completed)
    • 3.5 acre lake
  • Primary users of the athletic fields are Longview Boys Baseball Association, Longview Girls Softball Association, Greater Longview Soccer Association and tournament directors. 
  • Park Master Plan – 2009
  • Comprehensive Plan Priority #18 – 2015
  • Projects include: 
    • Add play features to 2 sections of Jack Mann Splash Pad - completed June 2019
    • 2 new softball fields (200 ft. fields with lights) - Estimated completion in Spring 2022 
    • 2 new baseball fields (300 ft. fields with lights - Estimated completion in Spring 2022 
    • Converting 2 soccer fields to artificial turf - Estimated completion in Spring 2022 
    • Installing lights on 2 soccer fields - Estimated completion in Spring 2022 
    • 9,000 linear feet of soft surface trail - construction to be determined if budget allows

Improve Existing Parks: $7.3 million

  • The City of Longview has 34 parks in park system
  • Park Master Plan – 2009 and 2015
  • Comprehensive Plan Priority #19 – 2015
  • Projects included:
  • First Phase (2019 issuance) - Construction scheduled to be completed in 2021
    • Lois Jackson – repair parking lot, replace existing pavilion, construct 2nd pavilion, install restroom & replace playground
    • McWhorter – seal coat trail, install volleyball courts, expand parking lot, construct new playground, improve basketball courts, install new fences and lights on ball fields, construct new bathroom/concession building, resurface ballfields
    • Patterson – repair parking lot, install sidewalks, replace playground
    • Spring Creek – replace playground, resurface trail, improve basketball courts, construct pavilion, install bathroom
    • Stamper – construct trail, replace pavilion, construct 2nd pavilion, replace playground, improve basketball courts and install cover
    • Womack – new entry with ticket booth and concession building, replace site fencing, reconfigure fields, add bleachers, improve parking
  • Second Phase (2023 Issuance) - Construction anticipated in 2024
    • Rollins – replace playground, improve basketball courts, regrade site
    • Spring Hill – construct trail, install new play features at the splash pad, replace pavilion, construct canopies on bleachers

Stamper Park Rendering

Broughton Recreation Center and Park: $5.7 million

  • Park was acquired prior to 1960 and the recreation center was built in 1978
  • Prior to 2018 bond election, Broughton facility included:
    • Recreation center with a gym and stage, 3 classrooms, branch library and common area
    • Park with 2 pavilions, basketball courts, playground, splash pad, trail restroom and softball field
  • Park Master Plan – 2009 and 2015
  • Comprehensive Plan Priority #19 – 2015
  • Project includes: 
    • Recreation center – renovate the entry, construct 2 additional gymnasiums, create additional parking - Design complete. Construction scheduled to be completed Spring 2022.
    • Park – replace existing pavilions, extend the trail, add play features to splash pad, replace playground, improve field - Design complete. Construction scheduled to be completed Spring 2022.

Broughton Recreation Center Rendering

Cargill Long Trail: $1.35 million

  • Park was acquired in 1971 and in 2001
  • Designated as Department of the Interior National Recreation Trail
  • Comprehensive Plan Priority #2 - 2015
  • Current facility includes:
    • 3 mile asphalt walking trail
  • Project includes in 2019 Bond Issuance: - Estimated construction in Summer 2021
    • Resurface trail 

Arboretum: $1.5 million

  • Arboretum grounds were acquired originally as drainage property
  • Arboretum Master Plan adopted in 2013
  • Phase 1 bid/construction in 2018
  • Current facility will include:
    • Walking trail, lake, landscape beds, amphitheater
  • Project includes in 2019 Bond Issue:
    • Phase 1 - completed in Fall 2019
      • Additional landscape
      • Trail lighting
      • Stream Improvements
      • Bathroom
      • Perimeter Fence
    • Phase 2 - estimated completion in Fall 2020
      • Three pergolas
      • Additional Parking at Cotton Street entrance
      • Entry Kiosks
      • Site lighting

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