Sometimes officials just like to go off the traditional path with ribbon cuttings.

It could be a grocery store cracking a wheel of cheese or a hardware store’s warehouse cutting a board.

Norcross officials decided to blend the traditional and nontraditional for the opening of the new Pinnacle Park on Monday. City leaders did the traditional cutting of a ribbon, but the lineup of VIPs gathered to stand behind the ribbon was a little nontraditional. Among the city leaders were a pair of goats who had previously helped clear overgrown vegetation at the park site.

“Hiring the goats has certainly been one of our best ideas,” Assistant City Manager Mary Beth Bender said in a statement. “Not only has it saved money on labor and proved to have terrific results in preparing the property for construction, but, unexpectedly, it has been wonderful PR as well!”

The new 12-acre park is located next to Pinnacle Center Business Park just off Brook Hollow Parkway and is designed to connect with the Beaver Ruin Creek Greenway and Gwinnett County’s trail system. It cost $2 million and was funded with special purpose local option sales tax funds.

A former retention pond was turned into a small lake and a playground, fitness circuit course, two picnic pavilions, an octagonal grand pavilion, grills, walking trails, restrooms and nature-inspired landscaping were added to the site during construction of the park.

“We are ecstatic to bring to you the new Pinnacle Park!” Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said in a statement. “We are incredibly committed to providing more opportunities for our community to get outside and play, and we look forward to seeing the residents around Brook Hollow out and about enjoying the new space.”

The city worked with POND Construction to develop the park, and the goats that helped clear the vegetation during construction — and later helped open the park — were provided by Get Your Goat Rentals.

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