Gwinnett to break ground on new park

LAWRENCEVILLE - County citizens will soon have another option to enjoy life along the Chattahoochee.

County officials will break ground Tuesday to build a park at the river's junction with Holcomb Bridge Road.

The 11.63 acres once housed the Pinckneyville Arts Center, but it will now be transformed into a play area with trails and two river overlooks.

The park will also include a wooden amphitheater.

"This will be an open-space park that allows public use while preserving greenspace and protecting this section of the Chattahoochee River corridor," District 2 Commissioner Bert Nasuti said.

The river corridor, which forms Gwinnett's northern border, includes several parks, including one owned by the city of Duluth and another owned by the National Park Service.

The county's Jones Bridge Park is a popular fishing spot, and the government has plans to build a third park in the Settles Bridge area.

District 1 Commissioner Lorraine Green said there have been talks about another land-buying opportunity along the river.

"That's the most sensitive environmental corridor in the county," she said.