The Longview Arboretum and Nature Center is one step closer to reality as crews begin construction.

The newest city park is going to be located next to the Maude Cobb Convention Center and Activity Complex.

Officials tell us the 26-acre park will feature every indigenous plant in East Texas. Today crews are clearing away the underbrush and trees that will not be used in the project.

This project is being paid for through public funds and private donors. Officials are welcoming everyone to come out to the dedication ceremony on September 28th.

The park is expected to be completed in May 2018.