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River land purchased for park

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pocket park recently purchased by the Board of Commissioners will help preserve the Yellow River, officials said.

Commissioners agreed last month to the purchase of the 16 acres on Five Forks Trickum Road, which adjoins the river just northeast of Tom Smith Road.

"We're looking at it being a Ronald Reagan-like park," Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said, comparing it to another Five Forks Trickum hot spot. "Ronald Reagan is so popular. This will be another option for the Brookwood/Parkview community."

Officials have proposed that the land be named for the Lee family, who owned the land for generations before selling it to the county for $1.4 million.

"The citizens have been asking us to preserve greenspace and I've made it a priority this year," Beaudreau said. "It should be able to serve the citizens along that corridor well."

Chairman Charles Bannister said the new park could help with revitalization efforts for communities experiencing decline.

"This new park meets the Parks and Recreation master plan's objective to acquire land in the southern part of Gwinnett County," he said. "It further illustrates the county's commitment to invest in older, more established areas of the county."