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.
On Tuesday, Gwinnett commissioners accepted a million dollars in federal transportation enhancement funds to help design and build Section 3 of the Ivy Creek Greenway. Construction will start next summer at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford.
The new portion of the greenway will wind through the woods for almost a mile before connecting to the existing trail that runs behind the Mall of Georgia, making a continuous length of over three miles. The work includes paved trail, a suspension bridge across the 100-year floodway, an information kiosk and a restroom facility. Total design and construction costs are $1.8 million, including $800,000 from the 2005 SPLOST sales tax program.
Future sections will connect to existing greenway trails within George Pierce Park, resulting in seven miles of greenway trail from Suwanee to Buford.
Gwinnett commissioners recently approved a major renovation project for Vines Park near Grayson in southern Gwinnett. The project will replace the existing pavilion with a new one located closer to the lake, replace the existing trail around the lake and add a new lake overlook.
In addition, crews will remove the old wooden structures and bridges that existed on the original residential property when the land was donated to the County in 1990. These structures have presented maintenance issues over the years.
Community Services Director Phil Hoskins said, “We are using new materials that are expected to reduce future maintenance costs for the trails and structures while keeping the lakeside experience visitors expect to find at Vines Park. We also will improve access from the parking lot to the trail.”
The County signed a 20-year lease agreement in 1997 allowing Georgia Fine Restaurants, Inc., to operate Vines Mansion on the park property but Hoskins said the rehab project does not include the leased property.
The Board awarded the $1.07 million project to low bidder Rescom of Georgia, LLC, using funds from the 2005 SPLOST sales tax program. Vines Park opened to the public in 2005.
Check out some great pictures of the Vines Garden at Today’s Creations
Rhodes Jordan Park will undergo a renovation June 1, 2010 through Summer, 2011. The pavilions, playgrounds and portions of the walking trail will be closed. The Community Recreation Center, pool and sports fields will remain open.
Rhodes Jordan Park is set to undergo extensive renovation starting the first week in June and continuing thru summer of 2011. As a result of the construction activity at the park, certain areas and amenities will be closed to the public until the completion of the project. The playgrounds around the lake, the trail and the pavilions will be closed to the public. As a safety measure, patrons are advised to pay special attention to signage and stay away from areas under construction.
The park will remain open to the public with the exception of the above. The community center, pool and sports fields will be operational during this renovation project. The Lawrenceville Senior Center located at the park is unaffected, open and operational during this time. For more information on the Lawrenceville Senior Center, call 770-822-5180.
Rhodes Jordan Park will be getting a one-mile paved multi-purpose trail and boardwalk around the perimeter of the existing lake, a new restroom building and new parking. In addition, the old picnic pavilions will be replaced and new soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts and horseshoe courts.
For the latest information regarding hours of operation and any upcoming construction news, please visit www.gwinnettparks.com.