Federal grant to go toward Mountain Park upgrades

LAWRENCEVILLE - With some help from Washington, Mountain Park Park's former pool will become a picnic and playground area.

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson from Georgia announced Gwinnett County will receive $104,000 from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund Office.

Gwinnett Community Services Director Phil Hoskins said the county will add another $642,850 from the 2005 sales tax program in order to pay for the upgrades at the Lilburn-area park.

In May of 2004, the county opened a new Mountain Park Park aquatic center to take the place of an old pool at the park that was covered with a "bubble" each winter.

The former pool's location is the area being renovated, Hoskins said, to add playground equipment and picnic tables as well as a sand volleyball court and a skate park.

"I am pleased to see the Mountain Park Passive Area project receive the money necessary to improve its recreation facilities to better serve the area," Chambliss said.

Isakson added, "The Mountain Park Passive Area is a great destination for families, and I am pleased that they will receive funding to help keep their recreational and park facilities in good shape."