Norcross' pride and joy: City's community park to serve as town center

NORCROSS - The Lillian Webb Community Park is mostly dirt right now, but a fountain at the entrance to the site gives visitors a small idea of the larger scale of the $4.5 million Norcross park.

The 4.12-acre site is at the intersection of Britt Avenue and College Street, a block or two from Peachtree Street, which runs through the row of businesses and restaurants that is Norcross' downtown.

Decorative retaining walls frame what will be the park's entrance. Just below the fountain, which was turned on for the first time Wednesday, water cascaded down stonework flanked by steps to the right and left where visitors will eventually be able to make their way down to the town green. A walking trail will outline the greenspace.

A portion of the park, the main plaza at the entrance, is set to be finished in time for the city's Independence Day celebration July 3, when thousands are expected to take in fireworks. The remainder is expected to be completed in September.

The city intends for the community park, previously the site of a century-old baseball diamond, to be the new town center and hub of businesses, restaurants and condominiums. City officials broke ground on the project last June.

"This is really one of our pride and joys as a city," Steven Bush, Norcross' economic development manager, said.

The park is named in honor of former Norcross mayor and longtime resident Lillian Webb, who served more than 30 years in elected office.