Longview Parks and Rec announces master plan update, details for Broughton Park

Parks Board Member Steve Crane says Broughton will be a bigger facility with a lot more amenities, and he feels the higher cost is worth it.
Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2022 at 6:47 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - In this month’s Longview Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, they had a pretty full agenda talking about their budget and the Parks Master Plan. But, with Broughton Park renovations getting closer to completion, the board also talked about prices and hours for the public’s use of the recreation center.

Prices to use the Broughton Recreation Center in Longview will rise when it reopens to the public in the coming months, according to Longview Parks and Recreation Director Scott Caron.

“Previously it was like $50 for a year, I mean, so it is a hundred percent increase. It was considerable,” Caron said.

Caron says daily fees are $7, as they were before remodeling started, but monthly fees are $11.

“We get a number of daily admissions that would pay seven dollars every day. And basically, we’d say, ‘I’ll save your seven dollars for today, and tomorrow when you come in, we’ll sign you up for a membership for a month,’” Caron said.

So, the monthly fee is less than it costs to visit for two days individually. The yearly fee will be $110.

“Having that $110 up front can be a challenge for a youth, but $11 is a day and a half,” Caron said.

Parks Board Member Steve Crane says Broughton will be a bigger facility with a lot more amenities, and he feels the higher cost is worth it.

“I think it’s appropriate. I think the question is ‘how does the community respond to that?’” Crane said.

Fellow board member Mathew Prosser suggested getting churches and community organizations to help “develop a scholarship program. I know I’m going to go back to my church and suggest that we try and do something like that to help start that fund,” Crane said.

They also have set the hours of operation to be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Caron says Broughton will close earlier on Fridays since attendance is low then, partially because of high school football games.

“We will do some special events and activities and things on occasion on Friday nights. And also, we have a number of rentals that occur on Friday nights as well,” Caron said.

Broughton is slated to be closed to the public on Sundays but will have rental space available for events on Sundays and Friday evenings.