Suwanee in planning stages for community garden

SUWANEE - As part of the city of Suwanee's open space program, planning is under way for the establishment of a community garden at the seven-acre Williams Farm property on Buford Highway.

"Our goal is to have the garden ready for the community to plant in the spring of 2010," Jessica Roth, assistant to the city manager, said. "Establishing a community garden in our historic Old Town area is a nice way to pay homage to the property and to our history. Suwanee was for many years a small, agricultural community."

Since 2002, Suwanee has acquired more than 300 acres of land through the open space program.

In a press release, city officials said they issued a request for qualifications last week for landscape architect services to design and prepare the garden's infrastructure. Projects will include building garden plots, renovating the existing barn and adding pathways and other park elements. Suwanee has allocated $225,000 in open space funds for the project.

Also planned for 2009 are improvements to PlayTown Suwanee - a community-built playground on Main Street - including the construction of a picnic pavilion. Additionally, a new trail will be added on 5.5 acres of adjoining property along Brushy Creek.

The $315,000 price tag will be covered by open space and SPLOST funds, officials said.

Residents approved nearly $18 million in open space bond funds in 2001, officials said, which has led to the construction of four new parks and an additional three miles add onto the Suwanee Creek Greenway.