The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation donated $10,000 to go toward the purchase of a tram, similar to the one in this photo, to provide better access to children, the disabled and elderly of the museum’s campus.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Thanks to a donation, the access to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will improve for seniors and children, officials said.
Commissioners approved a total $26,000 donation to the Buford-area museum Tuesday, with $10,000 going toward the purchase of a passenger tram.
The tram is intended to allow seniors, small xhildren, expectant mothers, those with disabilities and others to access the center’s vast acreage, which includes trails, a farm exhibit, a historic home and other locations where programs are often held.
While an overflow parking lot will soon open a distance from the main museum, the tram will also help with field trips, said Community Services Director Phil Hoskins.
“If you have a group of second-graders, by the time you walk down (to an outdoor program), you have to head right back,” Hoskins said, adding that the tram will be pulled by a tractor donated by AGCO.
The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation’s donation also includes a transportable concession trailer, valued at $16,000, that will allow the center to generate more revenue, during upcoming outdoor festivals and programs planned with the recent opening of a new festival field at the site.
Commissioner Lynette Howard, who formerly worked as a teacher at the center, thanked the foundation during a check presentation Tuesday.
“I thank you so much for this check to allow us to have even more programs,” she said. “You can learn so much there.”