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Parks Help Make Gwinnett Best

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I’m delighted to learn that five Gwinnett County parks and one city park were picked for this year’s Best of Gwinnett honors. Parks add so much to our quality of life by providing recreational facilities and by preserving nature and greens-pace for future generations.

For newcomers and long-time residents alike, this Best of Gwinnett edition highlights what your fellow residents like most about our dynamic and constantly changing county.

Our Gwinnett Parks and Recreation staff takes great pride in offering a wide vari-ety of facilities across our 437 square miles to provide close-to-home recreation for our in-creasingly diverse population of about 880,000 people.

The five County parks named as Best Local Parks are Bethes-da, Bogan, Harbins, Little Mul-berry, and Jones Bridge. The city of Duluth’s Taylor Park also won the honor.

Bethesda Park is central-ly located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville and features 10 baseball/soft-ball fields, six soccer fields, and a football/multi-purpose field on 159 acres. It also hous-es an indoor aquatic center and senior center facilities.

Our 83-acre Bogan Park at 2723 North Bogan Road in Bu-ford also has an indoor aquat-ic center along with a double gym, seven baseball/softball fields, a football field, badmin-ton, basketball and sand vol-leyball courts, a dance studio, and a classroom.

Trails are a highlight at near-ly 2,000-acre Harbins Park at 2995 Luke Edwards Road near Dacula, with 13 miles for mountain biking, seven miles for horseback riding, and 4.5 miles for hiking. Separate en-trances serve a dog park and football complex with a lighted walking track and a seven-field baseball complex.

Horses are also welcome at Little Mulberry Park at 3855 Fence Road near Auburn, where four entrances serve an 18-hole disc golf course, the Karina Miller Nature Preserve and fishing lake, and an over-look at one of the highest ele-vations in Gwinnett County.

Four other County parks – Best Friend, Duncan Creek, Bay Creek, and Lenora – re-ceived honorable mentions in the parks category. We appre-ciate your support. Go to www. gwinnettparks.com for infor-mation about all 46 County parks and historic sites.

Honorable mentions in oth-er Best of Gwinnett categories went to the Gwinnett Histo-ry Museum, Sheriff Conway’s Jailbreak Challenge charity event, and last April’s Spring Breakout Wellness Fest at Rhodes Jordan Park.

I am deeply grateful for all the public and private sup-port we receive from county residents and from the vot-er-approved SPLOST that has helped support our parks and have done so much to make Gwinnett the best place to live, work, play and raise a family.