Parks and Recreation plans events for 20th anniversary

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, officials have planned events today at local pools, parks, senior centers and other recreation venues.

From free entry to the Gwinnett History Museum to guided tours of McDaniel Farm Park, the county wanted to give back to residents, who voted 20 years ago to levy property taxes for the service.

"I think I speak for everyone at GCPR when I say that we want to give back to the community that has given Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation such great support now and over the last 20 years," department spokeswoman Tammy Gibson said. "The events we have planned in July in recognition of our anniversary is our way of saying thanks and to allow people to get out and see what is in their parks."

For information on other events this month, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-8840.

SideBar: Parks and Recreation Events

Aquatics: Every 20th person that comes in to any Parks and Recreation pool or aquatic center will get a free pass for the day.

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse: War veterans will lead free guided tours of the Gwinnett Veterans Council War Memorial Museum at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

Gwinnett History Museum: Free entry into the Gwinnett

History Museum at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary will be offered.

McDaniel Farm Park: A free guided tour will showcase early farm life in Gwinnett County at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth. The tour begins at 10 a.m., and live animal demonstrations will be held from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Cost for Wildlife Weekdays is $3 per person; children 3 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Day Camps: Parks and Recreation summer day campers will create murals of art to highlight what parks and recreation means to them. From 2 to 5 p.m., the public is invited to view the murals and enjoy cake and refreshments in celebration of the agency's 20th anniversary at the following locations:

' Best Friend Park Gymnasium, Norcross

' Bogan Park Community Center, Buford

' Dacula Park Activity Building, Dacula

' George Pierce Park Community Center, Suwanee

' Gwinnett History Museum/ Lawrenceville Female Seminary, Lawrenceville

' McDaniel Farm Park, Duluth

' Mountain Park Activity Building, Stone Mountain

' Pinckneyville Park Community Center, Norcross

' Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center, Lawrenceville

Trails, playgrounds, skate complexes, dog parks and more: Today, staff will be located at 20 parks to hand out free items information to park-goers. The schedule for the day is:

9 a.m to 10 a.m.

' Dacula Park in Dacula

' Holcomb Bridge Park in Norcross

' Lenora Park in Snellville

' Lucky Shoals Park in Norcross

' Mountain Park Park in Lilburn

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

' Bay Creek Park in Grayson

' Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville

' Graves Park in Norcross

' Pinckneyville Park in Norcross

' Little Mulberry Park - Hog Mountain Road side in Dacula and Little Mulberry Park - Fence Road side in Auburn

1 p.m to 2 p.m.

' Best Friend Park in Norcross

' Collins Hill Park in Lawrenceville

' Jones Bridge Park in Norcross

' Ronald Reagan Park in Lawrenceville

' Vines Gardens Park in Loganville

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

' Bogan Park in Buford

' George Pierce Park in Suwanee

' Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville

' Shorty Howell Park in Duluth

' Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville

Gwinnett residents can sign up for a free subscription to receive Gwinnett Life, a publication mailed out to subscribers' home addresses that lists all of the parks, programs, activities, special events, pools, youth athletic leagues and more. Call 770-822-8870 or visit www.gwinnettlife.org to sign up. Gwinnett Life can also be viewed online at www.gwinnettparks.com.