Monday, April 1, 2013
The signature fountain in Town Center Park opens Monday, April 1. But how did it do on a recent inspection?
Another sign of spring in Suwanee: the Big Splash interactive fountain in Town Center Park is to be turned on Monday, April 1. And yes, it has to undergo routine health inspections by the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health Department. That is the same department that does restaurant health inspections. And the fountain, which regularly hosts youths from Suwanee and from visiting groups (who need reservations), got a positive inspection on March 28. No violations were cited. The full report is here. The fountain has 43 jets and uses up to 1,400 gallons of water per minute. The water is recycled, according to the city website. -- Got any pictures of the Big Splash fountain? Upload them here. Don’t miss any Suwanee news. Subscribe to …
Friday, March 29, 2013
WOD for a Cause will put fitness in the forefront at Town Center Park.
Friday, March 29
The 2013 Suwanee event calendar: Beer Fest, food trucks, arts, workouts ... Yes, another twist will be added to the Suwanee scene on Saturday at Town Center Park. WOD for a Cause will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the website. Several fitness-related events are scheduled. Kyle Maynard, a local fitness entrepreneur who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2012, will be a keynote speaker. There will be both a 5K run and weightlifting events as part of the overall event, according to the website. Thrusters, deadlifts and box jumps are among the events in the team and individual challenges. WOD for a Cause is being held to benefit Family Promise of Gwinnett County, a non-profit that brings shelter, meals and support services to …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Also, city officials may add WiFi at another park.
Suwanee soon may add surveillance cameras and public WiFi for Town Center Park. City officials have identified C3 Communications as the chief candidate to add cameras to Town Center Park, according to details at a recent City Council work session. The cost would be about $129,000, and City Council would have to approve the matter at a future meeting. Public WiFi also would be provided at Town Center Park, though the range would not be that of systems used by some commercial providers. For instance, City Manager Marty Allen noted that the system would not be "robust enough" to handle Suwanee Day, which draws 40,000 or so users to Town Center Park each September. The area of Sims Lake Park near the playground also would have WiFi, Allen said…
Friday, January 11, 2013
The city's tentative calendar also includes some returning favorites.
It's still in planning mode, but don't be surprised if you see an unusual amount of food trucks hanging around Suwanee Town Center Park in 2013. Several Food Truck Fridays are on the city's tentative events calendar for the coming year. These will replace the monthly Toast @ Town Center street festivals. Denise Brinson, the city's economic development director, gave City Council members a rundown Thursday (January 10) of the draft version of the festivities. Food Truck Fridays would be May 3, June 7, August 2, and September 6. This means Suwanee would join a growing number of cities and venues to host the rolling vendors. There is the Atlanta Food Truck Park, and the Atlanta Street Food Festival was held last July. Brinson said that the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Projects are planned for Sims Lake Park and Town Center Park. Here's a preview.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Want an idea of what the shade structures will look like that are planned for Suwanee parks? Look no farther. Workers have begun to erect structures in the playground area at Sims Lake Park, and similar structures are planned for Town Center Park in 2013. Now, city officials have released photos showing what the structures should look like at both parks. Work is expected to be finished at Sims Lake before 2012 ends. (See attached photos.) The shade fabric at Sims Lake Park will be forest green. The shades were purchased from Shade Systems Inc., of Ocala, Fla., and are being installed by 5 Guys Contracting of Lawrenceville. Shade structures at the parks were a high priority in citizen feedback in the recent 20/20 Vision survey. You might …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Workers begin installing shade structures at Sims Lake Park.
A project that has been in the works for months and has been a strong citizen priority is taking shape in Suwanee. Construction workers began Tuesday (November 13) to install shade structures at the playground at Sims Lake Park. The playground area will be closed for approximately two weeks, though the rest of the park remains open. Suwanee City Council approved $44,400 in June for the structures. “Our citizens have expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for additional shade, particularly at the Sims Lake Park playground and Big Splash fountain,” Public Works Director James Miller said in a city news release. “We believe that these additions will make our award-winning parks even better.” The shade fabric at Sims Lake Park will be forest …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The city wants to develop an irrigation system that uses its own water.
The Suwanee City Council on Tuesday (Aug. 28) approved more funding to advance the city's project of irrigating Town Center Park with its own water system. On Tuesday, the council approved a contract for $29,200 to Middle Georgia Water Systems to drill a second well in the Town Center area, this one near the Suwanee Creek pedestrian bridge. Already, a previous well has been drilled in the Town Center area. The goals of the project are to reduce costs by using the city's own water system, rather than Gwinnett County's. Also, using city water would mean that there would be no restrictions from the county, as was the case in the drought-heavy years of 2007 and 2008. James Miller, Suwanee's director of public works, said that the entire …
Friday, November 4, 2011
North Gwinnett grad and country music rising star plays Saturday at Town Center Park.
Things have changed since Andy Velo made his debut at Town Center Park in Suwanee in 2004. He was unplugged then because that was his norm. There was no sponsored touring bus, no videos. "That was before it took off to become a great venue," Velo recalled by telephone recently as he looked forward to his gig in his hometown Saturday, Nov. 5. Velo's career has taken off, too. Suwanee now is a stop on his tour, which included a large festival in southwest Alabama last weekend and a music-video shoot last week at a club in Buford. He also blocks out a week regularly to go to Nashville to write songs and have business meetings. But he stays grounded. His crew didn't take the bus from Atlanta to the Alabama festival until last Saturday morning…
Monday, October 10, 2011
Many people enjoy the varied fare at Town Center Park.
Suwanee Patch has confirmed that there indeed was food at the Taste Of Suwanee last Saturday. Also, it can be reported that many people didn't care. For North Gwinnett student Morgan Friend, it was a chance to volunteer in the kids' play area. And a broken foot could not keep her away. Friend and fellow North student Loren Coleman were on hand Saturday at Town Center Park along with many other people for the annual festival that emphasized food, entertainment and commerce. Stage performers included the Gwinnett School of Music and Suwanee Academy of the Arts. For Stacey and Jimmy Simpson of Suwanee, it was their first Taste Of Suwanee. But they were not new to Wilkes Meat Market when they saw their pavilion. They are regular shoppers -- "…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Popular group with roots in '70s scheduled for Town Center Park stage Saturday.
Updated 2:20 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011 Just when you thought Town Center Park in Suwanee was about to become an oldies radio station, a new twist is added for Saturday. The Atlanta Rhythm Section, a revamped version of the group that gained fame in the 1970s, is headlining the Celebrate Service Music Festival. The band is scheduled to take the amphitheater stage at 7:30 p.m. However, that caps an entire day of music at the park. The North Gwinnett Drum Line and the 12Stone Band are among the other performers listed. Music is expected to start at 10 a.m. The event, sponsored by Amigos for Christ charity of Buford, also lists a 30-mile bike ride and a frisbee tournament as attractions. According to website information, the Atlanta Rhythm Section …