The City of Suwanee broke ground on Sept. 26 on an expansion of Town Center Park on Main and the DeLay Nature Park.
According to a press release from the city, the 25-acre site was purchased in 2002 as part of the community-driven comprehensive park and open space initiative. The Suwanee City Council then approved a master plan for the park in Sept. 2019, which will transform the area around the Suwanee Library, PlayTown Suwanee and Fire Station 13. The expansion will also lead to the rerouting of Main Street and median closure on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
The new park will feature a 900-foot elevated bridge for pedestrian and bicycle use, spanning the park and crossing a one-acre water feature. It will also include an open terrace plaza with large-scale pavilions, sandpit volleyball courts and an iconic public art piece.
"Once completed, Town Center Park and Town Center on Main will function as a unified space, linked by Station Park (located next to the police station) and the pedestrian tunnel under the railroad," the release reads. "The topography of the new park will allow it to overlook Town Center, further enhancing the relationship of the two spaces."
Main Street will shift around the park and exit onto Suwanee Dam Road at the traffic signal and the new Gwinnett County fire station, which is currently under construction.
"This shift will close the existing median break on Suwanee Dam Road at the existing Main Street, greatly improving the safety and traffic flow at that intersection," the release said.
Mayor Jimmy Burnette, the Suwanee City Council, representatives from Reeves Young, Clark Patterson Lee, the Gwinnett County Library and other community members were present for the groundbreaking.