Sugar Hill gets update on park projects

SUGAR HILL -- The slightly larger-than-usual gallery at the Sugar Hill City Council's monthly meeting Monday night picked an opportune time to come, as City Manager Bob Hail provided updates of several of the city's most eagerly awaited park projects.

Hail's updates included:

  • Last week's completion of two little league fields, complete with grass infields and lighting, chain-link dugouts, bleachers and surrounding concrete hardscape at E.E. Robinson Park on Level Creek Road. Part of the park's renovation and eventual 24-acre expansion, the diamonds are where a soccer field was.

  • Near completion of Robinson's three T-ball fields along Level Creek, where the city bought and razed residences. Hail anticipates the fields will be complete within 30 days.

  • Soon completed drainage improvements and later resurfacing of Robinson's approximately five-acre parking lot.

Mayor Gary Pirkle boasted that the Lanier Athletic Association already has begun playing little league games at Robinson. Hail estimated activity at Robinson has tripled in the past year and that more growth is anticipated.

"There's nothing in that park that doesn't meet the high standards of youth sports," Hail said.

Hail also detailed developments at new 53-acre Gary Pirkle Park at Suwanee Dam and Austin Garner Roads, including:

  • Installation of roughly 200-feet of netting behind the north goal posts of its synthetic football-soccer field used by the Gwinnett Jets minor league football team. Costing about $27,000, the netting will keep kicked balls out of wetlands adjacent to the park.

  • Near completion of Pirkle's additional 140 parking places off of Suwanee Dam, where a two-story, 6,000-square-foot community center is planned.

Hail said Sugar Hill is living its self-proclaimed moniker as the Recreation City.

"This city is committed to building its park system now, when we can leverage every penny out of the economy," he said. "We want to be a destination of choice. These things are coming in place now, so people can enjoy them now, not later."