Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation Named #1 Park System in Georgia

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation was recognized as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 80,001+ by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA). “I am so proud of our parks system for earning this distinguished honor,” said District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter. “This award exemplifies Gwinnett’s commitment to providing the best parks, open spaces and recreational facilities for our citizens. It has been a great team experience to serve the citizens through our parks.”

As one of the fastest growing, aging and culturally diverse counties in the state, Gwinnett has experienced unparalleled growth in population, diversity and economic challenges over the past year and has risen to this challenge through fostering public/private partnerships, tapping alternative funding mechanism, creative planning, design and development and with citizen involvement and input. “Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is one of the best park agencies in the world,” said Lois Allen, Chair of the Gwinnett County Recreation Authority, “Not only has it been recognized by the GRPA, but it also has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association. Our parks are not good because we have been recognized; we have been recognized because our parks are one of the fine components of our quality of life in Gwinnett.”

This award demonstrates excellence in citizen involvement and support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment. Ms. Allen went on to say, “We are grateful to GCPR staff for their stewardship of our land and their development and maintenance of quality programs. The lives of millions of people have been enriched because they have spent time in Gwinnett parks.”

For more information on Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, call 770.822.8840 or visit

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