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Disc golf course will be part of new Alexander Park

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Alexander Park is complete, it will boast the county's second disc golf course.

The sport has proven popular at Lenora Park, Parks and Recreation project administrator Grant Guess said, and appeals to a large swath of residents - from teenagers to middle-aged adults.

The first phase of the park will open in the spring or summer of 2009 and feature a plaza area, horseshoe courts, a picnic shelter, a playground, an open space play area, an outdoor classroom, a small lake with a picnic shelter and fishing piers, a gazebo overlook, a 1.5-mile multi-purpose trail and a one-mile soft surface trail loop.

"We want to preserve some of the scenic qualities for Scenic Highway," Guess said of the park, which is located near the intersection of Ga. Highway 124 and Sugarloaf Parkway. "There are some oak trees on the property that are special for the folks we purchased it from. They're going to be preserved and protected."

The 91-acre park will cost $3.77 million and will be funded by a penny sales tax. The second phase, which would include two soccer fields, a free skate area and a pavilion, is not yet scheduled but would be funded by another sales tax, Guess said, if approved by voters.

Gwinnett County purchased the land in 2002 from the estate of J.T. Alexander, a former Gwinnett County Extension Agent. It was named for his family.