South Gwinnett Park project moves forward

SNELLVILLE — The demolition and rebuilding of one of Gwinnett’s oldest parks marked a major step last, with commissioners approving a contract to develop construction documents for the project.

The plan includes rebuilding youth baseball and softball fields at South Gwinnett Park near Snellville. In addition to new concession and restroom building, a playground, paved walkways, a maintenance building and expanded parking, the park will feature an artificial turf field for football, lacrosse and soccer. The existing roller hockey facility will remain intact.

“The South Gwinnett Athletic Association has organized youth sports programs there since 1966, and I know all the kids and parents are celebrating this big step forward,” District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter said. “We’re all grateful for the SPLOST funds that allow these much-needed upgrades to improve the usage, safety and efficiency of the park.”

With the $230,490 contract with Hayes, James and Associates set for the construction documents, the work on the 23 acre park is expected to begin in late 2014.

The park is at 2115 McGee Road near the intersection of U.S. 78 and Scenic Highway.