With huge thanks to the Gregg County Commissioner's Court, dirt work began in August of 2017, and a formal ground breaking for the Longview Arboretum was celebrated in September of 2017. Pending the necessary reviews and agreements with the City of Longview, construction of Phase 1 of the Longview Arboretum is set to begin in the winter of 2018. During the spring, contractors, gardeners, and designers will bring the master plans of Phase I to life. With nature's temperament fully in mind, the Board of the Longview Arboretum hopes to celebrate the garden's grand opening to the public, a year's time after construction begins. Fundraising efforts continue so that not only can more details in the Arboretum be accomplished during this first phase, but also so that the Visitor's Center at 706 W. Cotton Street can also become an active part of the Arboretum experience.