Willow Grove Park & Boat Launch

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Willow Grove Park and the Boat Launch remain open to the public, with the exception of the picnic shelters and playground equipment. Remember to practice social distancing (keeping a minimum of 6 ft. between you and others at all times) while at the Park to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please be courteous to all Park patrons and follow all posted Park rules. 

Fishing will resume at the Boat Launch basin on Tuesday, May 5th. Additionally, there is no charge for using the Boat Launch facilities in 2020. 

Learn how you can fish responsibly by visiting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website: https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/wdfw-open-some-recreational-fishing-and-hunting-starting-tuesday-may-5

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Willow Grove Park

 

In late 2013, Cowlitz County commissioners offered Willow Grove Park to the Port of Longview. On October 28, 2014, Port Commissioners unanimously voted to take over the 75-acre park on the Columbia River. 

Significant upgrades to the Park are currently underway, with more planned in the coming months. Acquiring Willow Grove Park fulfills the Port's mission to enhance opportunities for waterfront access.

This is the first time in the Port's 99-year history that it has operated a park. The state authorizes ports to provide public recreation opportunities, and currently, half of the 75 port districts in Washington do so.

The Port named a Park Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from each of the three Port districts. The three-person Park Advisory Committee is tasked with making recommendations on park policies, comprehensive planning, large event applications and any incidents that may arise.

The 2020 budget includes $1,120,000 for capital improvements at the park, along with an additional $364,000 for general maintenance.