Dozens attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for Longview’s new Guthrie Trail

Updated: Aug. 16, 2019 at 1:02 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It’s a mile closer to being complete. Longview’s plan to interconnect all its multi-use trails is sighting in on the finish line. Friday was the official opening of Guthrie Trail.

There was quite a crowd congregating on Guthrie Trail as they awaited 10 a.m. and a ribbon cutting that would open up a brand new section of concrete path in Longview.

District 4 Council Member Kristen Ishihara kicked off the ceremony.

“Four years ago we had a comprehensive plan that brought back feedback from all of our community and the number one thing that our residents wanted to see were trails. So here we are this very exciting morning opening a very beautiful new segment of our trails,” Ishihara said.

Yes, the ribbon cutting even brought the dogs out from the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center. Obviously they can’t wait for the:

“Ten continuous miles of trail in our community, which is something no other East Texas City can boast,” Ishihara said.

But those puppies will just have to wait until the fall of 2021 before phase 2 and 3 will connect all the trails for that ten miles.

Then the moment everyone was waiting for was upon us. The ribbon was cut and the trail was opened.

And people didn’t waste any time using it. Whitney Schubarth and her daughter were first out of the gate because she thinks:

“It’s a good resource. It’s a nice safe spot to bring my kids, and my stroller, and their bikes, their scooters; it’s a great resource for the town to have,” Whitney observed.

Her husband Ruedi Schubarth thinks kids can experience new things there.

“Between the creeks and the trees and the little habitats for little animals; there’s footprints all over that we can look at and learn about so it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Reudi said.

So you can run on it, walk on it, roll on it, and even learn on it all without getting muddy.

According to the City of Longview next year they’ve got a bigger parking lot in the budget for more parking at Aiken Park, and Cargill Trail, now asphalt, will be resurfaced.

Guthrie Trail now connects the existing Cargill Long Park Trail at Fourth Street to the existing Akin Park Trail on Delwood Drive. The total length of this section is 5,078 feet. Total project cost was $1.9 million.

When Phase 2 and 3 are completed, the Guthrie Trail extension project will provide a connection between the existing Paul Boorman Trail and the Cargill Long Park Trail.

Phase 2 of trail expansion project. (Source: City of Longview)
Phase 2 of trail expansion project. (Source: City of Longview)
Phase 3 of trail expansion project. (Source: City of Longview)
Phase 3 of trail expansion project. (Source: City of Longview)

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