With help from a $100,000 Recreation Trails Grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday approved a new greenways trail connection in Lilburn.
The project will create a bike and pedestrian link from the Camp Creek Greenway to Lions Club Park, which is currently undergoing renovations. The new 0.8-mile trail will connect to the 2-mile Camp Creek Greenway trail built by the City of Lilburn. The construction includes a new 700-foot boardwalk, asphalt trail and a 60-foot long concrete bridge underpass at Rockbridge Road along Camp Creek.
District Two Commissioner Lynette Howard said, “I am excited to see greenway projects link communities and parks. Connections like this one contribute to good health and make Gwinnett County an even better place to live, work and play.”
Future plans include extending the trail south to Harmony Grove Park through the Camp Creek Greenspace at Lions Club Park.
Astra Group Inc. was the low bidder at $260,000. Construction is expected to take about 90 days. SPLOST program funds will cover the remaining cost to enhance the Gwinnett Greenways program.
Youth Sports Expo ● July 28
9:00am to 3:00pm. The largest youth sports expo in the state! Valuable informational sessions for coaches, parents, volunteers, league administrators and other community youth sports leaders covering topics in financial and risk management, marketing, volunteer management, and more. Also enjoy the Expo Hall with the latest in sports products, plus lunch and a silent auction benefitting the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Age 18+. $20/person or $80/group of five. Call 770.822.8886. Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. Single ticket register here. Group ticket register here
Who Should Attend?
• Coaches, parents and volunteers
• Parks and Recreation Departments
• Private Sports and Rec Centers
• Boys and Girls Clubs
• Community Youth Sports Associations
• Church Recreation and Athletics
Shiloh Athletic's All Start U8 Girls
The 2012 8u Angels All-Stars have accomplished something that no other team in the history of the Shiloh Athletic Association has ever done. They brought home a championship trophy. And they did it not just once but twice. The team is comprised of ten young ladies who play their hearts out in every game. Led by head coach Charlie Walker and assistant coaches Jaun Quero, George Brown, Brook Smith, and Reuben Phillips; the team consists of #1 Lauryn Peppers, #2 Kennedy Broughton, #4 Aaliyah Smith, #5 Brianna Cox, #10 Kiriah Lovett, #19 Kelsie Walker, #20 Awtum Lewis, #21 Imani Washington, #27 Tahjanee Phillips, and #33 Lidia Quero. Consisting of 5 players from both of SAA’s 8u regular season teams, who had an impressive 25-3-2 combined record against teams from Mountain Park, Brookwood, South Gwinnett and Duluth.
The All-Star team has continued in the same manner as the regular season teams. In their first appearance at the South Gwinnett Summer Classic Tournament they had a 7-1 record over two days winning 6 games on Sunday (6/3) to clinch the championship over the all-star team from Buford who they had to beat twice. On Sunday (6/10) they brought home their second championship trophy from the Pre Tri-County tournament where they faced teams from Walton Co., Norcross, and Peachtree Ridge. They won four straight games to win this tournament. The continued success of the team is contributed to hard work and determination from the girls as well as their dedicated coaches. The girls are preparing along with the rest of the All-Star Angels from SAA to compete in the 2012 Tri-County Tournament at Buford City Park 6/15-6/23.
LIttle Mulberry Park
The Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail at Little Mulberry Park was designated a National Recreation Trail on May 31, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced this addition bringing the total to 1,400 miles of trails in the National Trail System, spanning 23 states. National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.
“Today’s trails join a network of more than 1,150 previously-designated trails that span more than 13,650 miles.” said Director Jarvis. “As we celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, I encourage everyone to explore a trail – new or old – and enjoy the natural world.”
“We are very excited to be a part of the National Trails System and appreciate this designation from the National Park Service,” said Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Little Mulberry Park is an asset to our local parks system, and the Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to enjoy Gwinnett County’s natural landscape.”
Little Mulberry Park encompasses 890 acres including 5 miles of paved multi-purpose and soft surface trails for equestrian and hiking; pavilions, playground, lake, overlook area at one of the highest elevations in Gwinnett County, restrooms, grill, and the Karina Miller Nature Preserve.