Construction to begin on new attractions at park

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Construction will soon be under way for the county's third disc golf course.

Officials moved forward Tuesday on the third phase of Little Mulberry Park, adding attractions to the county's second-largest park.

Plans for the $1.9 million project, which will be constructed by by Astra Group, include a playground and picnic pavilion, along with the disc golf course, on a planned new entrance to the park, Community Services Director Phil Hoskins said.

"Little Mulberry Park is a key component of the greenspace we preserved when I served as county administrator, so I'm especially glad that we can build these improvements that will make visiting the park even more enjoyable to use," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.

The 890-park first opened in 2004, with an entrance on Fence Road in the Auburn area featuring a playground and pavilion as well as access to five miles of equestrian and hiking trails.

Another entrance along Hog Mountain Road opened in 2006, with a 200-acre section designated as the Karina Miller Nature Preserve and more trails added. An equestrian lot and trailhead is located on Mineral Springs Road.

Hoskins said the new portion will also have an entrance on Hog Mountain Road, offering the playground and picnic amenities on the northern side of the massive park and linking to the trail network.

"It's still passive use," Hoskins said. "Most of it will stay passive and undeveloped.

The project is expected to be complete by next spring.