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SUWANEE INVITES PUBLIC TO VIEW PLANS FOR NEW TOWN CENTER WEST PARK

Post Date:09/01/2016

The City of Suwanee is excited to invite all citizens, stakeholders, and otherwise interested parties to an open house on Wednesday, September 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Suwanee City Hall as we reveal the plans for Suwanee's next great park.

Early this summer, the City asked citizens for their input regarding the new communal space. The approximate 20-acre site (locally known as the DeLay Property) located behind the Suwanee library and PlayTown Suwanee on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, was purchased in 2002 as an early acquisition in the Open Space Initiative.

A brainstorming session with consultants and City Hall staff was conducted in mid-May, while stakeholder interviews, man-on-the-street-style interviews, and surveys were collected online and at popular Town Center Park events during the month of June.

The result of this planning, known as Town Center West, will be presented at the September 7 open house.

"We received over one thousand completed surveys from citizens with ideas for the new park," said Suwanee Assistance City Manager Denise Brinson. "What we will be presenting at the open house is a draft of the concept plan; we're still asking for input, and hope to have a finalized plan in the near future."

The concept plan shows a mixture of urban and rural environments. Town Center Park West will feature a signature bridge element over a small lake/water feature, an open plaza and lawn area, and sandpit volleyball courts. The biggest change this area will see is the realignment of Main Street. The wooded area along the existing Brushy Creek Greenway will stay, and much of the 20 acres will remain undisturbed.

The open house will not include a formal presentation, but City staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions, as well as to gather feedback.
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