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Suwanee awards contracts for park shade structures

SUWANEE -- Already known for its park system, Suwanee officials hope to make two of the city's parks a little bit shadier.

At a called meeting on Thursday night, the City Council awarded contracts to two companies that will add shade structures at Town Center Park and Sims Lake Park. The contracts, $55,540.51 for Town Center Park, and $44,452.95 for Sims Lake Park, were awarded to Deas Construction and Shade Systems, Inc.

This type of structure was requested from residents in the city's 2010 parks survey, and the recently completed 20/20 vision plan, city manager Marty Allen said.

The structures, near the Big Splash fountain at Town Center, and at the playground at Sims Lake Park, are made of metal and fabric in bright colors and geometric shapes.

Deas Construction is a commercial general contracting firm in Suwanee. It is licensed in Georgia and Alabama and mainly focuses on restaurants, self storage pre-engineered building structures and tenant build-outs.

Shade Systems is based in Ocala, Fla. and is a manufacturer of outdoor fabric shade covers, sun shade structures, canopies, tents, commercial umbrellas and shade shelters. Shade Systems has completed a similar project in Sandy Springs that the Suwanee project is modeled after, said Mike Maddox, program manager for the city's Capital Improvement Program.

Maddox said the projects should take about five months to complete and be finished by the end of this year.

"This was something that was driven by the public, and they specifically wanted it (at these parks)," Maddox said.

The Council also approved a resolution to call for a special election on July 31 to fill the vacant council seat, which came open last month when Jace Brooks resigned to run for a Gwinnett County Commission seat. Qualifying would begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 25 and close at noon on June 27. The qualifying fee is $270. Suwanee attorney Beth Hilscher has announced she is running for the seat.