Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A little-known granite outcropping in Snellville could soon be open to the public.
Baker's Rock, which Snellville Parks and Recreation Director Cyndee Bonacci said is similar to a mini-Stone Mountain, has been protected by the Gwinnett Open Land Trust since 2000.
The 30 acres off Springdale Road owned by the city house the rock, a portion of No Business Creek and some woods, Bonacci said. While the public has been restricted from the site since Snellville took it over, a Monday meeting will be among the first steps toward holding tours or otherwise allowing people to access the outcropping.
"It's a very unique thing to have in a community," Bonacci said. "It's a great attraction for Snellville."
Bonacci said the granite houses several unique species of flora and fauna. Guided tours or field trips to study the geology could expose more people to the area.
The city hopes to create parking and an environmental learning or educational center where the city's Police Department is located, Bonacci said. The department is trying to move closer to the city's center.
Monday's meeting, in the Betty McMichael room at Briscoe Park's office, will primarily serve to educate residents about Baker's Rock. Bonacci said she hopes to have a plan adopted by the end of the year after one or two more public meetings.
A time frame for making the outcropping accessible to the public will not be available, though, until the department knows how much the plans will cost.
"It's very important to preserve it in its natural state," Bonacci said. "It's a wonderful little gem for the city."