Mapping out the city
Sugar Hill master plan calls for bigger parks, more sidewalks

SUGAR HILL - Local city officials have a plan to make their town better equipped for recreation - and more aesthetically pleasing while they're at it.

Sugar Hill City Manager Bob Hail said a 10-year master plan is being put into place to meet the needs of the residents.

Hail said the plan has been implemented in vision, but officials are in the process of documenting their intentions. The changes are a subset of a comprehensive plan for the entire city, he added.

The recreation plan, Hail said, lays out potential growth for the city, including expanding E.E. Robinson and Gary Pirkle parks.

Expanding recreational areas and creating walking paths and parks was a natural response to the approximately 90 percent of the city occupied by residents, Hail pointed out. He said the plan is a continued effort to improve the quality of life for the people of Sugar Hill.

"This is a result of asking the citizens what they wanted," Hail said. "And we've got several things in the works."

Thus far, Hail said the plan has been executed in the form of a community center and village green.

Future plans include adding a soccer field, 1.5 miles of walking paths, restroom facilities, tennis courts and an 18-hole putt-putt golf course to the 55-acre Gary Pirkle Park.

Hail said Phase I of the park, including the paths and a playground, are slated for completion in about 180 days.

Creating sidewalks throughout the city limits and county area are in the works as well.

"We're working with the county to carry out our plan to connect all the elementary schools to the downtown area with sidewalks," Hail said. "Our goal was to also connect all recreational parks, whether in the county or in the city, if at all possible."

Hail said he also sees a 10-acre expansion to E.E. Robinson Park, enlarging the total land to 45-acres with a goal of building an additional baseball field.

"Quality of life is what Sugar Hill is about. That's why we started free movies in the park and reinstated the fall festival," Hail said. "This is what the community has said they want."