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Trail renovation contract approved for Little Mulberry

A contract approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners provides for improvements to the Woodland Trail at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula. (Staff photo: Kristi Reed)

A contract approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners provides for improvements to the Woodland Trail at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula. (Staff photo: Kristi Reed)

Hikers on the Woodland Trail in Dacula’s Little Mulberry Park will soon see some improvements under the terms of a contract approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

The $969,020 contract — awarded to low bidder Steele and Associates Inc. — will cover minor grading, landscaping, bench construction, and the installation of fencing, steps, pavers, a concrete trail and a concrete retaining wall. The project will be paid for using 2014 and 2009 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds.

Steele and Associates has performed similar work for Gwinnett County at Harbins Park, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center and the Ivy Creek Greenway.

Also on Sept. 2, commissioners were briefed regarding the progress being made on the county’s parks and recreation capital improvement plan. The plan covers the development of new parks, renovations at existing parks and acquisition of future park land.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Division Director Grant Guess outlined the projects currently being funded through the recreation fund, the 2009 SPLOST and the 2014 SPLOST. The recreation fund, he said, covers smaller projects such as paving, court resurfacing, erosion control, pool work, trail maintenance, fencing and roofing.

“We put off some projects during the economic downturn to make sure we had the operating dollars in the recreation fund to operate the facilities and we are rolling out a number of projects that got delayed,” he said.

Among those being rolled out, he added, are two parks funded through the 2009 SPLOST: Level Creek Park and J.B. Williams Park. Other 2009 SPLOST-funded projects include the addition of soccer fields and a concession area at Rock Springs Park, an additional entrance to McDaniel Farm Park and a gymnasium addition at George Pierce Park. Guess said 2009 SPLOST funds will also be used for greenway construction between Yellow River Park and the Centerville Park site.

Several projects — including the Little Mulberry Park trail renovations approved Sept. 2 — are being funded primarily through the 2014 SPLOST. The 2014 SPLOST will also fund improvements at the Best Friend Park gymnasium, improvements at Ronald Reagan Park, filter upgrades at the Mountain Park and West Gwinnett aquatic centers, facility renovations at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, artificial turf multi-purpose field conversions at Bethesda and Peachtree Ridge Parks as well as expansions at Club Drive Park and Alexander Park.

The goals of the capital improvement plan, according to Guess, are to complete planned park development and renovate existing parks, work toward achieving pedestrian connectivity between parks, balance the acquisition and development of parks between active and passive parks, provide parks suited for all ages and acquire land for parks in underserviced areas.

More details about the capital improvement plan are available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com.