The Gwinnett County Commissioners approved in October a plan to create a link between George Pierce Park and the Ivy Creek Greenway trail. Construction of the linking trail began last month and is expected to complete in May, according to Marcia Diaz, Greenspace Planner for Gwinnett County.
This is great news for Suwanee residents because the resulting trail will provide a path between the Suwanee Creek Greenway trail head on Buford Highway and the Ivy Creek Greenway trail end at the Mall of Georgia.
Currently the Suwanee Creek Greenway trail is connected to the George Pierce Park trails with an unpaved trail that starts on a bridge near Suwanee Elementary School. For the new trail connector, a press release from Gwinnett County indicates "there will be a trailhead near the adult softball parking lot with benches and signage, almost a mile of paved, multi-purpose trail with retaining walls, and 1,850 feet of boardwalk with scenic overlooks. New concrete steps near the lower parking area for the soccer fields will connect to an existing gravel trail."
Suwanee residents may be unfamiliar with the the existing Ivy Creek Greenway. It currently runs from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to the Mall of Georgia. The expansion will connect the Heritage Center to George Pierce Park.
The project is funded from the 2005 SPLOST program. JD James, Inc. presented the lowest bid for the work at $1.02 million.
Additionally, portions of the natural surface trails at George Pierce Park are temporarily closed for renovation and expected to open during the spring/summer 2011. This includes the area where park trail connects to the Suwanee Creek Greenway. Residents should be patient and obey any closure signs while the county completes this work to enhance the green space in the community.