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Meetings to be held this week for park suggestions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Want more soccer fields? Equestrian trails? Trees?

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation representatives will hear suggestions and requests from residents at five meetings scheduled this week.

Tammy Gibson, the department's resources and marketing coordinator, said the meetings are intended to get public input about what should be added to existing parks or where new ones are needed.

In the past, she said, local recommendations have led to underused baseball fields becoming multi-purpose areas and mountain bikers getting trails to ride on.

The meetings will begin with a parks presentation and include a questionnaire and discussion about suggestions. Ideas will be incorporated into a five-year plan for the parks system. People can also comment via e-mail and on the county Web site.

Gibson said she did not know how many people to expect at the sessions, but had no doubt that they would come.

"People take pride in their parks," she said.

Two meetings will be held Monday. The first is at the Centerville Community Center and the second is at the Pinckneyville Park Community Center.

Two meetings will also be held Tuesday, one at the Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center and one at the George Pierce Park Community Center.

The final meeting will be at the Gwinnett Senior Center at Bethesda Park.