SUWANEE — George Pierce Park in Gwinnett County will be getting $2.55 million worth of improvements including a playground with features for children with disabilities.
The improvements are being added on the easternmost part of the park near the adult softball fields. The county is adding restrooms and a playground connected to a wheelchair-accessible woodland trail loop extending up a wooded stream valley. The plan also calls for refurbishment of the existing picnic pavilion.
“It’s important that our parks be accessible to everyone,” said District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks. “This allows kids with disabilities to play with other kids, have fun, and be included. I’ll be very excited to see these improvements when they’re finished.”
Community Services Director Tina Fleming added that this area will serve as a trailhead for the southern and future eastern sections of the Ivy Creek Greenway.
The playground includes a house-play area, ADA-accessible swings, a merry-go-round, and a wheelchair-accessible sidewalk leading above the playground to a bridge to the top of the playground tower that allows kids in wheelchairs to gaze down at the playground. It also has slides from the tower to the playground.
Construction on the SPLOST-funded project is expected to start this summer and finish in the summer of 2021.