The City of Suwanee is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 bond referendum vote that made possible acquisition of nearly 350 acres of open space and construction of six new parks with – what else? – a parks party. The City will host Parker”s Parks Party on Saturday, November 5.
A variety of activities will be available at several of Suwanee”s parks from 1-10 p.m. The event will be organized in a format similar to a progressive dinner, where people go from house to house, or in this case from park to park, for different “courses.”# In addition, Parker, Suwanee”s oversized canine mascot, will greet guests at each park.
Schedule of Parker”s Parks Party activities
“### #PlayTown Suwanee, 1-3 pm: A reunion/cookout will be hosted for the hundreds of volunteers who helped construct the super playground on Main Street over four days in June 2004. 425 Main Street
” #White Street Park, 2-4 pm: The Harvest Farm Managing Board will host a petting zoo. Opened in June 2010, White Street Park is home to Harvest Farm, the largest organic community garden in Georgia. Visitors can also check out the scarecrows inhabiting the garden. 752 White Street
“### #Sims Lake Park, 3-6 pm: We”re breaking the rules! Fishing will be permitted from the 7-acre lake on November 5 only for the first time since the park opened in 2008. Bring your own fishing poles, bait, and tackle. Fish from the two lake access areas – near the streamscape and on the other side of the lake, near the koi pond. 4600 Suwanee Dam Road
“### #Suwanee Creek Park/Suwanee Creek Greenway, 4-6 pm: Have fun getting fit with BodyPlex. Circuit training will be available throughout the park and along the Greenway extension, both of which opened in 2004. In addition, scouts will assist in a “make your own trail mix”# activity. 1170 Buford Highway
“### #Town Center Park, 6-10 pm: Come to Suwanee”s “front yard”# and the first park to be completed (in December 2003) through the City”s award-winning open space initiative for a hometown concert. North Gwinnett High School graduate and one of country music”s brightest rising stars Andy Velo will headline at 8 p.m. He”ll perform his new country single “Southern Thing.”# Vocalist Clark King, who performed last year as a “Star of Tomorrow” at the Apollo Theatre, will take the stage at 6 p.m. with Lanier High School senior Jordan Humphrey performing at 7. Humphrey will sing his debut single, “That”s What I”m Thinking.”# 370 Buford Highway
In 2001, Suwanee citizens voted with their hearts – and their pocketbooks – in favor of a $17.7 million general obligation bond referendum to acquire open space and create parks. Since that time, the City of Suwanee has acquired about 350 acres of open space and created six new parks, including a three-mile extension of the Suwanee Creek Greenway. The City has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the referendum vote this year with a “Parks Perfect the Place”# promotional campaign.
Over the past decade, the City of Suwanee has won more than a dozen awards associated with its overall open space initiative and distinctive parks.