Trail refurbishment partially complete at Yellow River Park

LAWRENCEVILLE - One of Gwinnett's premier recreation spots for walking, horseback riding and mountain biking enthusiasts, Yellow River Park, has reopened after being closed for several months for trail improvement construction.

Yellow River Park, 3232 Juhan Road in Stone Mountain, boasts 566 acres of wooded upland deciduous forests, traditional pine woodlands and mixed pine and hardwood forests.

Yellow River Park's 13-mile trail system is being refurbished in two phases.

Saturday, the trails on the east, or river, side of Juhan Road reopened, along with a restroom building and adjacent changing station for mountain bikers, an equestrian parking lot and two Yellow River overlook areas off of the 1-mile, paved multi-purpose trail.

The remaining trails on the west side of Juhan Road will reopen next spring.

When the trail project is complete next spring, 19,500 linear feet of existing mountain bike trails will have been repaired and 16,978 feet of new bike trails added to total 6.9 miles of mountain bike trails.

Existing equestrian trail feet repaired will total 21,288, with 11,569 feet of new equestrian trails added, to total 6.22 miles of horseback riding trails.

Yellow River Park hours are from 7 a.m. to sunset, except for authorized activities.

Citizen police academy accepts $500 donation

SUWANEE - A Suwanee resident appreciated so much the police department's citizen police academy that he or she donated $500 to the program.

The seven-week academy is held on Tuesday nights once or twice a year and is designed to give citizens a deeper understanding of police procedures. The academy is free to Suwanee residents and people who work inside the city.

"The money will support a class of 20," said Capt. Janet Moon. "It pays for paper, pens, printing costs, snacks, and we give each student a T-shirt and coffee cup."

The donor asked to remain anonymous.

Braselton police

to loan vehicles to Suwanee officers

BRASELTON - The Braselton Police Department has too many cars, so they're asking Suwanee officers if they'd like to borrow them for awhile.

Braselton's drug enforcement efforts have given them a surplus of confiscated vehicles, and Suwanee, whose police department has need of them, agreed to take them on loan. The vehicles will be titled to the city of Suwanee, and Suwanee will maintain and carry insurance on them. Under the terms of the cities' agreement, Suwanee will return the vehicles to Braselton for disposal when they are done with them.

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