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Duncan Creek Park getting press box for football complex

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Mill Creek Athletic Association is "thrilled" about a partnership with the county that will create a press box at the new Duncan Creek Park football complex, said Jeff Grier, the association president.

Under the agreement accepted last month, the Association will pay $109,000, and the county will contribute $50,000 to the project, according to a news release.

The association's members have been playing football on the baseball field at Bogan Park, Grier said. The new facility will allow the team to play on its own field next year.

"We think it's great what the county does for the youth in the community," Grier said.

The association, which serves children who attend Mill Creek cluster schools, will be paying for the project with money earned from fundraisers and donations, Grier said.

Gwinnett County plans to open the first phase of the 110-acre park at 3700 Braselton Highway next summer, the news release states. In addition to the football facilities, it will include a 60-foot octagonal pavilion, a playground, sand volleyball courts and restrooms. Phase Two will add a roller hockey rink, tennis courts and picnic facilities.

The county bought the land in 1998 with revenue from a special purpose local option sales tax. A citizens committee assisted Lose and Associates of Lawrenceville with the design of the park. ASTRA Group Inc., is handling construction of the roughly $8 million park, according to the news release.

County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, who is a youth athletics football coach, said he is also excited about the project.

"I'm very pleased that this new park will bring an outstanding football facility to the Hamilton Mill area next fall," Kenerly said in a statement. "And this new 'parknership' will complete it with a first-class press box."