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2017

The City and Harvest Farm collaborate to open The Orchard at White Street Park: the first fully-functional orchard open to the community in the Southeast.

Suwanee Police Department begin equipping patrol officers with body-worn cameras.

Georgia Municipal Court Clerks' Council recognizes HOPE Court with the distinguished Program of the Year award.

Solis Town Center - a public-private partnership between the Downtown Development Authority and Terwilliger Pappas - breaks ground.

Urban Redevelopment Agency issues approximately $21.4 million in bonds for redevelopment projects such as the development of a 25-acre extension of Town Center Park.

CBS reboot of the 80s classic soap opera Dynasty films throughout Suwanee, including at City Hall.

2016

Swanky, well-dressed art lovers descended upon City Hall for Guess Whose Coming to Cocktails - a black-tie optional fund- and awareness-raiser for the Suwanee's public arts initiative.
Suwanee enhances already-impressive greenway system with the addition of the Brushy Creek Trail.

City Council votes to refinance of the city's outstanding Open Space bonds, resulting in savings of $3 million over the life of the bond for Suwanee tax payers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Associates (FBINAA) presents the Suwanee Police Department with the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year Award for Georgia.

Master plan for the Town Center Park expansion completed.

City unveils first bike share program in Gwinnett County.

In an effort to provide complete and clear financial information, the City of Suwanee launches its open data budget website, ensuring that city financial data is easily accessible and understandable for citizens.

Suwanee Municipal Court unveils HOPE Court, designed to give a second chance to minor offenders.

City publishes self-guided tour of historic district.

City and North Gwinnett Arts Association enter into partnership to create and staff Welcome Center for the city.

2015

City adopts an update to the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan.

Electric vehicle fast-charge station installed at Town Center for public use. 

Suwanee adopts its first Public Art Master Plan.

The city received the PlanFirst designation from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, recognizing the city for successfully implementing our comprehensive plan. 

HOPE Court is established by the Suwanee Municipal Court, in hopes of providing teenage drivers a second chance to keep their licenses.

Author and economic development guru Peter Kageyama spent three days in Suwanee, hosting community-building seminars and workshops.

2014

City is named Georgia's eCity by Google, recognizing Suwanee for having the strongest online business community in the state.

Suwanee Day celebrates its 30th anniversary by expanding from a one- to two-day festival and changing its name to Suwanee Fest.

FORE! 18-hole disc-golf course opens at Suwanee Creek Park.

14,000 of our closest friends (the largest crowd to date!) packs Town Center Park for the 10th Anniversary August Concert (and now Wing Fest!).

50 local students make up the first class of Suwanee Youth Leaders, an eight-month leadership and community development program for high school sophomores and juniors.

Citizens go for 13.1 on 1.13 in the inaugural Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon.

Standard & Poor's (S&P) - one of the big three among financial rating agencies - upgraded the City of Suwanee's rating for its general obligation bond debt to AAA, the highest rating available.

North Gwinnett High School is annexed into the city limits, as requested by the Local School Council and Parent Teacher Student Association.

The Geese Police - i.e., trained border collies - are hired to humanely evict loud, messy Canadian geese from Sims Lake Park (ducks are welcomed to stay).

2013

As part of long-term efforts to improve the Suwanee Gateway, the City purchases (and demolishes) a former hotel.

The City temporarily exhibits a 12-foot-tall section of the Berlin Wall while it awaits auction.

Bring on the accolades! Suwanee was named one of the 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine, and once again makes Money magazine's list of Best Places to Live in America.

Suwanee unveils bubbleicious new logo.

Remembrance - an artistic timeline commemorating 9-11, as well as 700 lb. piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center - is dedicated in Town Center Park.

67-acres in Old Town Named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Iconic Christmas tree makes its debut in front of City Hall.

2012

 

Suwanee receives a $3.3 million Livable Centers Initiative grant to reconstruct Buford Highway as a context sensitive roadway. Plans call for the road to remain two lanes with the addition of sidewalks, multiuse trails, landscaped medians, and streetscaping.

Kiplinger.com ranks Suwanee third among Best Places to Raise Children.

After more than four years of negotiations and litigation, Gwinnett County and its 15 cities reach a seven-year agreement on a Service Delivery Strategy.

The City adopts the 20/20 Vision strategic plan, which offers seven guiding principles, 33 goals, and 140 potential strategies. The 12-month strategic plan process engaged about 800 people.

A new police training facility/substation opens in the Suwanee Gateway.

2011

In the aftermath of a snow-ice winter storm that closed schools for a week, the City of Suwanee is recognized as one of the metro communities that dealt most effectively with dangerous road conditions.

Released 2010 Census data puts Suwanee's population at 15,355.

A walkable public art encounter, the first Suwanee SculpTour opens with 15 sculptures in and around Town Center.

Suwanee commemorates the 10th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks by unveiling a 1,638-pound artifact from the World Trade Center.

2010

"Shimmering Echoes," a suspended, kinetic sculpture by Koryn Rolstad, is installed in the City Hall lobby.

When Harvest Farm at White Street Park opens with 76 plots, it is Georgia's largest organic community garden.

Suwanee's City Hall is the first in the state to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police since 2000, the Suwanee Police Department earns national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Suwanee's over-sized K-9 mascot, Parker, is unleashed at Suwanee Day.

Using pine and oak trees removed for White Street Park, Suwanee's public works department builds an au naturale educational amphitheater at the park.

2009

 

A new railroad underpass and HAWK signal provide enhanced pedestrian accessibility and safety between Old Town and Town Center.

Festivities (on March 28 and 29) celebrating the grand opening of Suwanee's new City Hall at Town Center include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, 200-pound cake, open house, and human/aerial community photo.

The City of Suwanee enters the world of social networking by establishing Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Suwanee is named to Money magazine's list of best places to live – again.

Suwanee Municipal Court goes paperless.

2008

 

120 bicyclists participating in Stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia take off from Town Center.

Suwanee adopts its 2030 Comprehensive Plan/Community Agenda.

The Public Arts Commission is created and tasked with enhancing Suwanee's quality of life through public art.

Sims Lake Park opens.

2007

 

First residents move into and first restaurants open at Town Center.

"Old Sweet Song," a mural created by Dixie Letterheads at a 2006 Suwanee gathering is installed on the back of the stage at Town Center Park.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, presented by People's Bank & Trust, performs at Town Center Park.

Money Magazine ranks Suwanee #10 on its list of best places (small cities) to live.

A bridge and boardwalk path connecting Town Center and the Suwanee Creek Greenway opens.

2006

 

The first Town Center businesses open in April.

The June 17 grand opening for the Big Splash interactive fountain also serves as a fundraiser for Suwanee's Hurricane Katrina-struck adopted sister city of Long Beach, Mississippi.

BRPH is selected through a competition to create the design for Suwanee's new City Hall.

2005

 

New water tank is installed as part of water system enhancements.

Suwanee DDA purchases Pierce's Corner Antiques in historic Old Town.

2004

 

Suwanee opens four parks within a 10-month period: Suwanee Creek Greenway 3-mile extension, PlayTown Suwanee, Suwanee Creek Park, and Town Center Park (which opened in December 2003).

More than 1,200 community volunteers build PlayTown Suwanee, a super playground, in just 5 days, June 9-13.

Shawn Mullins highlights grand opening concert at Town Center Park on August 14.

Suwanee Day moves to Town Center Park.

Suwanee Branch of Gwinnett County Public Library opens in October.

2003

 

Suwanee is named a City of Excellence by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine.

First Suwanee-Duluth Farmers Market held on Saturdays throughout the summer.

2002

 

Old Town Master Plan is adopted.

City's first annual report is published.

2001

 

Downtown Development Authority is established.

On Nov. 6, residents vote overwhelmingly in support of a $17.7 million bond referendum for open space, parks, and trails.

2000

 

Suwanee Police Department earns statewide certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Suwanee 2020 Comprehensive Plan is adopted.

Atlanta Falcons fly the coop for Flowery Branch.

Brogdon Place, the first new building to be constructed in historic Old Town in 50 years, opens.

Town of Suwanee, Georgia: Early History, by resident Richard Plumer, is published.

Population is 8,725.

1999

 

Suwanee Business Alliance is established.

Main Street Park opens; Burnette-Rogers Pavilion is dedicated in December.

1998

 

City website, suwanee.com, goes live.

1997

 

New City Hall, on the south side of fire station on Highway 23, opens.

First City Administrator, Hardin Watkins, is hired.

1996

 

Suwanee Day festival moves from property adjacent to City Hall to Old Town.

1994

 

First Caboose Lighting event is held in Old Town.

Early 1990s

 

Red caboose is obtained and placed in Old Town.

Richard Trice Trail is constructed.

1991

 

Gwinnett County extends sewer lines into Suwanee.

1990

 

Suwanee is designated a Tree City USA for the first time.

Suwanee Day is moved from a May celebration to September.

Population is 2,412.

1986

 

Groundbreaking for Suwanee Elementary School on Smithtown Road.

1985

 

First traffic signal within the City limits is installed at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

1984

 

First Suwanee Day festival.

George Pierce Park is constructed.

1981

 

Voters on April 4 pass a referendum making Suwanee the first Gwinnett County city to legalize alcoholic beverage sales by the drink.

1980

 

Gwinnett County takes over Suwanee's volunteer fire department.

Population is 1,250.

1978

 

Atlanta Falcons open state-of-the-art training camp.

Mid 1970s

 

Several stores in Old Town are closed.

1970

 

The Suwanee Police Department is alleged to operate a speed trap, according to local newspaper articles.

Population is 615.

1969

 

Annandale Village opens.

Mid 1960s

 

Everett Brothers begin Saturday night bluegrass concerts, beginning a 40-year tradition.

1965

 

Police Chief James Knick is killed in the line of duty.Suwanee Lake, Suwanee's first subdivision, is constructed.

Early 1960s

 

City Hall on Highway 23 opens.

1960

 

I-85 is extended to Suwanee, where it ends

1958

 

North Gwinnett High School opens.

Mid 1950s

 

Highway 317 (Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road) is paved.

1953-1954

 

A City water tank is constructed and Suwanee’s water system is installed

1953

 

Many improvements are made throughout the post-World War II town of about 350 as part of the Better Hometown/ Hometown Champion contest

1949

 

City of Suwanee is incorporated on February 25.

Late 1930s

 

Farming declines.

1933-1936

 

Georgia Highway 23 (Buford Highway) is paved through the Works Progress Administration program.

1923

 

Sanborne company creates a map of Suwanee that depicts every structure in town.

1921

 

Armed robbers hold up the Bank of Suwanee, located on Main Street.

1920

 

Population is 241.

1910

 

The building most recently known as Pierce’s Corner is constructed. The building has served as a general store, cotton gin, silent movie theater, dentist’s office, and antique store.

1900

 

Population is 246.

1883

 

John Brogdon begins rebuilding what will become the largest store between Atlanta and Gainesville.

1881

 

Fire destroys all stores on Main Street, save one.

Richmond & Danville Railroad completes a narrow gauge railroad line from Suwanee to Lawrenceville.

1880

 

Rhodes House is constructed. In the early 20th century, the house served as a hotel for railroad passengers, traveling salesmen, doctors, and teachers.

Earliest known date for Suwanee High School, a one-room schoolhouse with students ages 4-16 located at King and Davis streets.

Population is 216.

1871

 

Georgia Air Line Railroad line from Charlotte to Atlanta is built through Suwanee.

1837

 

City of Suwanee is founded with establishment of a U.S. post office. This marks the first time that the Town of Suwanee is recognized by the U.S. government. James Brown is Suwanee’s first postmaster.

1818

 

“Suwannee old town” mentioned as part of a treaty document with Creek Indians.

1817

 

Cherokee Indians relinquish Suwanee Old Town area.

Pre-1700s

 

Shawnee Indians live along Suwanee Creek near the Chattahoochee River. By the late 1700s, Cherokee and Creek Indians also inhabit the village.