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'The Green,' new outdoor event venue, park opens in Longview

The Green, outdoor event space and park  in Longview . (Source: KLTV News Staff) The Green, outdoor event space and park in Longview . (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The Green, new outdoor event venue and park in Longview. (Source: KLTV News Staff) The Green, new outdoor event venue and park in Longview. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The Green, new outdoor event venue and park in Longview. (Source: KLTV News Staff) The Green, new outdoor event venue and park in Longview. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

East Texas’ newest outdoor event space opened its gates in Longview today.

The Green, a 9-acre park, is located on Highway 31 and Spur 63.

Visit The Green and you'll notice it's quite unlike parks you've been to before.

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"This one's a little bit more peaceful and aesthetically pleasing,” says Scott Caron, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Longview. “It has a little bit more of a relaxing atmosphere to it."

Located near the entrance of Longview, The Green serves as a place where people can come out to enjoy the great outdoors.

"This is more of a natural, native outdoor area for all of us to come and just take a deep breath and have a good time,” says Kim Droege, the Executive Director of Keep Longview Beautiful. “We want the kids to be muddy, dusty, and dirty, and we want them to be inspired."

Activities that blend into the natural landscape give community members a wide array of things to do. From the music garden to the bioswale and whimsical wire sculptures, there is no shortage of things to see and experience.

“There’s an opportunity to explore the diversity of the area,” says Caron. “With streams and ponds and trees and all the different landscape and things that are out here."

Spearheaded by the non-profit organization Keep Longview Beautiful, the project cost around $1.2 million and took two years to complete.

The space also includes several seating areas and a pavilion.

"People will be able to use the pavilion for group projects and weddings,” says Droege. “We've already have a huge wine festival scheduled for the end of April."

The Green will be open to the public each day from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., allowing families to chill out on the grass or go for a stroll under the stars.

Related: Longview's new outdoor event venue, The Green, set to open in March

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