Regional expertise firm donates $15Ok to Longview Parks and Recreation as division sees fast development


The Longview Parks and Recreation Department received a $15,000 donation from a regional broadband, television and phone company in late October as demand for the department’s services grows.

Astound Broadband Powered by Wave donated the funds on October 27 to support the company’s growing mission of building healthy communities, according to a press release from the City of Longview.

The donation comes as the Parks and Recreation Department continues to grow. The city says the department saw 40% year-over-year growth during the peak of the pandemic and demand has continued to this day.

For example, registration for Longview Parks and Recreation’s summer camps — which include activities such as tie-dyeing, woodwork, cooking and gardening — was filled out within minutes of applications opening in the spring.

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“The response to registration this year has been unprecedented,” said Longview Parks and Recreation Manager Justin Brown.

Newer opportunities offered by the department include extracurricular activities such as computer lab resources and hiking trails for students in grades six through twelve.

In February, the department also received two state grants totaling $100,000 to establish a new summer camp for middle school-age children and to fund outdoor activities at two long-standing day camps for elementary-school children.

“We like to take a proactive approach to ensuring teens and others in the community have easy access to programs and facilities that help them thrive physically, mentally and emotionally,” said department chair Jennifer Wills. “Astound’s contribution is timely as we have seen a significant and sustained increase in the need for recreational opportunities in the community.”

According to the press release, Astound Broadband Powered by Wave will provide fiber optic Internet connectivity to businesses and consumers throughout Cowlitz County and much of western Washington.

“The City of Longview’s Parks & Recreation Department represents the very best in community service,” said Kevin Stamey, senior director of technical operations at Atound.

The Daily News, Longview, Washington.