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Construction starts on two parks

LAWRENCEVILLE - Crews recently began work on two Gwinnett parks.

Last month, commissioners approved the construction of Rock Springs Park, a 113-acre reliever for Collins Hill Park, and Club Drive Park, a small community park in the Duluth area.

Rock Springs Park, which will have entrances on Rock Springs Road and Spriggs Road near the intersection of Interstates 85 and 985, has been in the works since 2005, when the land was purchased as part of a rezoning lawsuit.

Designed by a community steering group, the active community park will feature a football field with bleachers, press box and concessions, six tennis courts, a picnic pavilion, large playground and about two miles of multi-purpose trails.

"We have great relationships with the youth athletic associations and hundreds of volunteers who provide high-quality sports programs for our children," Commissioner Kevin Kenerly said of the help coming from the Collins Hill youth athletic association for the $5.7 million project.

The second park will also provide recreational opportunities in an area in need of more parks. The west-central Gwinnett area was targeted in a 2004 study as an area where smaller parks are needed because large land purchases are no longer feasible in the developed community.

So the commission worked to build a neighborhood park on Club Drive, east of Pleasant Hill Road.

Recreational facilities have been lacking in this part of my district and I'm glad we can now have the opportunity to meet those needs with this park," said Commissioner Lorraine Green, who represents the area.

Bordered by Sweetwater Creek, the 25-acre park will have a small lake, a multi-purpose trail, playground, open lawn, restrooms and two half-court basketball courts.

"This park reflects our commitment to revitalize targeted areas of our community," Chairman Charles Bannister said of the $2.6 million project.