SUWANEE - Jessica Roth, assistant to the Suwanee city manager, presented a detailed look at a concept plan for the city's community garden Tuesday. The plan has been developed by city staff members working alongside garden and design professionals. Public input has been key in developing the master plan also, according to Roth.
The nearly 7-acre garden property is located between White Street and Buford Highway in Suwanee.
"It will serve as a secondary anchor park in the downtown area," Roth said of the community garden. But while Town Center Park is modern, busy and urban, the community garden will feature rustic and natural enhancements.
The children's play area will feature a tree house, a rope course and balance beams. Benches placed throughout the garden will blend into the natural environment and encourage quiet reflection.
In addition to the more than 100 garden plots in the plan, there is a berry orchard, a beekeeping area, bog gardens, a pond, chicken and rabbit coops, outdoor classrooms, bicycle racks and more. Even people who have no interest in gardening will enjoy the walking trails and numerous areas to learn about native plants, various growing environments and horticulture.
Phase I of the garden is expected to be open in spring 2010 with about 50 plots, according to Roth.
Suwanee police officer honored for service to country
Officer Joe Carter of the Suwanee police force was honored Tuesday for his two tours of duty (2003 and 2008) in the Middle East. Frank Rotundo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, presented an Operation Noble Eagle pin and certificate to Carter for his dedication and bravery in serving his country.
Carter is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Military Reserve. While in Iraq, he and his men were responsible for storing and maintaining the flow of ammunition to troops. His outfit handled everything from rifles to tanks and was recently tasked with gathering ammunition from Iraq to redistribute elsewhere around the globe as needed.
Carter's wife, Sarah, Police Chief Mike Jones and Mayor Dave Williams all joined Rotundo in congratulating and thanking the staff sergeant.
Nov. 3 election called
City council members voted Tuesday to officially call a Nov. 3 election to fill expired Suwanee council seats in Posts 3, 4 and 5.