Suwanee Unveils County's First Bike Share Program
The City of Suwanee will unveil its bike sharing program – the first of its kind in Gwinnett County – at 11:00 a.m. on October 22 at the Alive! Festival at Town Center Park. Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – will be installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park which will each house up to eight bikes.
Bikes may be rented for up to three hours for free, with each additional hour costing $3 per hour. The maximum fee for all day use of a bike is $30. All riders must be at least 18 years old and provide their own helmets. Bikes can be easily rented via smart phone app. Signage explaining the use of the bike share program will be placed at each station to orient new users to the system. For additional information, please click here.
City Council Approves New Park Master Plan
The Suwanee City Council unanimously approved a master plan for a future city park at their September 27 meeting. The approximately 25-acre site will be situated behind the Suwanee library and PlayTown Suwanee and feature a mixture of urban and rural environments, including:
- A 900-foot, elevated signature bridge for pedestrian and bicycle use, spanning the entire park and crossing an approximately one-acre water feature,
- An open terrace plaza and lawn area at the peak of the park's elevation that will include several small-scale micro-business sites serving park patrons,
- An extension of the existing Playtown Suwanee geared toward older children,
- Sandpit volleyball courts, and
- An iconic public art piece.
The biggest change this area will see is the realignment of Main Street, which will shift around the park and exit onto Suwanee Dam Road at an existing traffic signal, greatly improving the safety and traffic flow by allowing the median break on Suwanee Dam Road to be closed. The anticipated cost associated with the future park is roughly $12 million; a timetable for construction has not been established.
Taste of Suwanee | October 8 – Noon
Attended by over 9,000 festival-goers, families, and food connoisseurs, this annual tradition helps provide scholarship dollars for North Gwinnett High School basketball players.
Alive! Festival | October 22 – 10 am
Benefiting Project Green, Alive! Festival helps attendees learn how to integrate health and wellness plus natural, organic, and green products into environmentally responsible eco living and to create a positive impact on the world as a whole.
Jonny & Xena "Spread the Words" 5K | October 29 – 9 am
The mission of Jonny and Xena's "Spread the Words" Foundation is to improve the lives of individuals living with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Calling All Boys & Ghouls!
Perhaps the favorite event of the year with a certain segment of the Suwanee population is Trek or Treat. All the little princesses, monsters, sports heroes, and witches will have the opportunity to do a costume-test run at the annual favorite on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Suwanee Creek Park.
The event, designed for children ten and younger, includes fall festival-style games, music, contests, inflatables, and a free hot dog lunch while supplies last. Costumes aren't required, but strongly encouraged. Parker the Dog will, of course, be there in costume.
No Elections Scheduled at City Hall
No election activity is scheduled at Suwanee City Hall for 2016. For information related to Gwinnett County elections, please click the appropriate link below:
Make 2017 More EVENTful
The City of Suwanee is currently accepting event applications for community events to
be hosted at City of Suwanee parks during 2017. The deadline for applications is December 9, 2016. Once the City's event schedule is approved after the first of the year, no additional events may be added.
Each year, the City of Suwanee hosts, primarily at Town Center Park, more than 40 City- and privately planned events, including concerts, festivals, races, food truck events, and more.
"Events are an important part of community-building in Suwanee," says Events Manager Amy Doherty. "Each year, we love partnering with community organizations to bring great music, fun events, and unique engagement opportunities to our residents and others."
Winter Farmers Market
Rejoice, localvores — Suwanee is extending the Farmers Market through the winter months! The Farmers Market will continue on the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. from November through April at Town Center Park. Stop by and enjoy fresh local winter produce, such as lettuces, greens, potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, baked goods, and a variety of other delicious, local flavors.
Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Harvest Farm Plots
The City of Suwanee is now accepting applications for plots at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden are now being accepted for 2017 (their 7th growing season!).
Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to City residents, property owners, and taxpayers as well as returning gardeners. Plots are available in three different sizes, with the annual fee ranging from $50-$100. City of Suwanee residents/taxpayers receive a 25 percent discount. Annual fees include use of a raised bed, utilities, basic community tools, social and educational events, and, when available, compost. Gardeners incur personal expenses for items such as seeds, plants, amendments, stakes, and trellises
Snap Suwanee Photo Contest
Snap – and share – your photos of the Suwanee community through the City's annual Snap Suwanee photo competition. Click here for guidelines and applications. Each photographer may submit up to five photos; the deadline for submissions is December 31.
Photos submitted to the competition should represent the Suwanee community in some way and ideally be taken within the City of Suwanee limits. Winning photographs will be exhibited, beginning in March 2017, for an approximately one-year period at City Hall.
The dozen winning photos from the 2016 competition are currently on display on the first-floor lobby of City Hall and may be viewed from 8 am-5 pm weekdays.
Suwanee Wine Festival | November 5 – Noon
Local wine experts will hand-select over 100 premium wines from around the world. The festival also features a Georgia craft beer tent with unlimited samples of your favorite local brews and a big TV screen showing the "game of the day."
Suwanee Classic Car Show | November 6 – 10 am
This award-winning event features approximately 150 classic cars, race cars, a silent auction, and a paint-a-wreck, all benefitting the North Gwinnett Arts Association.
Suwanee Kiwanis All American 5K | November 12 – 8 am
Proceeds from this patriotic run go toward the Suwanee Kiwanis Club's Don Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits high school students from Peachtree Ridge or Collins Hill.