Renovations to many of Longview’s parks are expected to be completed this month.
Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron said in mid-December that work at Jackson, McWhorter, Patterson and Spring Creek parks as well as Stamper Park/Womack Field was about 90% complete.
Under the bond package approved by voters in 2018, $52.41 million was allocated to police and fire facilities; $27.09 million for street and infrastructure projects; and $24.71 million for parks projects.
Work at Lois Jackson on Bill Owens Parkway includes the addition of restrooms as well as new clubhouses and playgrounds.
Autumn Gimble had brought her daughter, Kennedy, and son, Silas, to Lois Jackson on a pleasant mid-December afternoon.
She said they’ve been coming to Lois Jackson since before the renovations and love the look of the updated park.
“They love it, they love it,” Gimble said of her kids. “I pick them up from school and they say to me: ‘We want to stop at the park!’ “
She said the two playgrounds provide a good mix for all ages.
On the same day, Garret Decker watched his daughter Piper enjoy a swing.
He said it was the first time she had brought him to Lois Jackson since the renovations.
“To be honest, it looks very dynamic now and more kid-friendly,” Decker said.
He added that he believed the children would love the additions to the play area.
Two-year-old Piper replied, “Weeee!”, when asked how she enjoyed the park.
Angela Pruitt, 17, was at Lois Jackson with her sister, Alex Danielson, 7. She said they’ve been coming since before the renovations and remembers when construction of the park began.
Pruitt said the park looked safer.
Construction at other Longview parks as part of the 2018 bond package is also progressing.
Broughton Park had the slab of its new gymnasium sunk in early December, Caron said.
He said everything is on schedule thanks to the good weather and hard-working contractors.
He estimated the construction of Broughton should be finished by late summer and early fall.
Cargill/Long Park is also nearing completion, Caron said in mid-December.
The trail from US 80 to Hollybrook Drive has been paved, while the section from Hollybrook to Fourth Street still needs to be paved, Caron said.
Additional concrete culverts and ramps also need to be installed, but other than that, Caron said the project is progressing well.
The project, initially set at five months, is also on schedule and expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.