Downtown Suwanee goes green

SUWANEE - Downtown Suwanee is going green with two events this week.

The city will celebrate Arbor Day two months early with a tree planting at noon Friday at the red caboose on Main Street.

Suwanee will plant a 10-foot hemlock tree in celebration of its 19th year as a National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA, according to a news release. The tree will serve as the community's Christmas tree and will be magically lit by Santa during the Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting.

Interested residents can obtain cherrybark oak and green ash seedlings during the tree planting event. Arbor Day will be celebrated nationally on April 24.

On Saturday, the city will celebrate the opening of its pedestrian underpass linking the Town Center area and historic Old Town. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 8 a.m. across from the Gwinnett County Public Library on Main Street.

The 62-foot underpass, with entrances behind the current City Hall and across from the library, travels beneath the railroad tracks, the news release states. It will allow people to walk more easily and safely between the two areas of downtown Suwanee.

"With Town Center and our parks, we've created some great destinations," City Manager Marty Allen said. "Now we're working to increase connectivity and improve pedestrian and other nonvehicular access among those areas."

Work will begin next month on a related project. Two pedestrian-activated crosswalks will be installed at the Buford Highway/Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road intersection and between the current City Hall and Town Center Park.