Transfer of Willow Grove Park tied up in county, state talks

Marissa Luck, July 29, 2015, The Daily News

It’s been nine months since Port of Longview commissioners voted to take over Willow Grove Park from Cowlitz County — saving it from neglect and possible closure — but language in an old lease is keeping the port from making any improvements to the popular waterfront park.

Although Cowlitz County has transferred a portion of the land to the port, about 47 of the 75 acres of Willow Grove actually is owned by the state Department of Natural Resources and leased by Cowlitz County.

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