Officials break ground at two parks

DACULA -- On Friday, officials shoveled dirt during groundbreaking ceremonies at two different parks: Rabbit Hill and Harbins Park.

Both were part of new park facilities earmarked for construction in the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program.

Rabbit Hill Park near Dacula has plans to add two soccer fields, a concession building and trail extension. Also planned are seven baseball/softball fields, multipurpose field with walking track, playground and a six-acre lake. In total, it's a $9.6 million project.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, several county officials spoke including Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash.

"This is another great example of what the SPLOST program has done for us here in Gwinnett County," Nash said. "This is going to be a great project, and I look forward to seeing it."

At Harbins Park in Dacula, contractors are building a multi-purpose field on the Indian Shoals Road side, a concession building and walking track. In addition, there will be a rental pavilion, playground, dog park, three-acre lake and 1.5 mile paved trail. The project's price tag is $5.9 million.

Rabbit Hill Park is located at 400 Rabbit Hill Road, and Harbins Park is located at 2995 Luke Edwards Road.