The new section of the Ivy Creek Greenway in Suwanee is now open to the public and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at George Pierce Park. The greenway was one of the primary goals of the Gwinnett County Open Space and Greenways Master Plan completed in 2002 to increase connectivity via a system of greenway trails and reduce environmental impacts of development. In addition to the mile and a quarter built at George Pierce Park, there is an additional 2.7 miles of the Ivy Creek Greenway that runs from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to the Mall of Georgia area.

The next phase of Ivy Creek Greenway construction will begin next year, extending the trail from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center through the woods at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center towards I-985. Eventually the trails will link, for a total length of seven miles. Construction of this greenway was funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (or SPLOST) as well as a grant from the Recreational Trails Program.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.

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