City of Suwanee Named 2017 Crown Community

The City of Suwanee has recently been named a 2017 Crown Community by American City & County magazine for its work on the Orchard at White Street Park. The first public orchard in the southeastern U.S., the orchard is a collaboration between the city, nonprofit community garden Harvest Farm, and local landscape architect Roger Grant.

Suwanee funded the $183,471 project using special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. Community volunteers sowed fruiting plants and installed birdhouses, trellises, and huts made of living willow trees. Grant's 200 hours of donated design and work contributed an estimated value of $22,000.

Moving forward, the city will give an annual $1,000 to the orchard's management committee, and its public works department will handle ongoing maintenance, which will involve organic pesticides.    

Since 1909, American City & County has recognized local governments for extraordinary work in their communities. The magazine received over 75 applications from cities and counties across the U.S. and recognized six innovative and impactful local government projects in 2017, choosing projects with meaningful issues, clever solutions, innovative implementation, measurable results, and ultimately replicable ideas.

Suwanee Fest 2018 Logo Design Contest

The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2018. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.

The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 13. In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the founding of Gwinnett County, this year's Suwanee Fest will have a vintage Americana theme. See SuwaneeFest.com for additional guidelines and an entry form; click here for optional suggestions.

Suwanee Fest is the City of Suwanee's annual two-day fall celebration on September 15 and 16. The award-winning festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, children's rides and activities, and on-stage entertainment. Last year, approximately 55,000 people attended the festival at Town Center Park.

Wanted: Farmers and Food Trucks

The City of Suwanee is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in the 13th season of the city's Farmers Market, as well as food truck vendors for our very popular Food Truck Fridays.

Farmers Market
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 12 through October 6, at Town Center Park. The Winter Farmers Market is the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-1:00 am, November through April. Click here for an application, guidelines, and policy.

Food Truck Fridays
Food Truck Fridays will return to Town Center on May 4, June 1, August 3, and September 7, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Click here for an application.

Applications for both the Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays are due on March 19.

Register Now for the Feb 11 Suwanee Half Marathon

Time to lace up those running shoes – the 4th Annual Suwanee Gateway Half Marathon is set for Sunday, February 11! The race begins at Town Center Park, meanders through Old Town and up Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, winds along the Suwanee Creek Greenway, and takes you up and back Northolt Parkway. You'll finish spectacularly – or maybe just finally – at Suwanee Town Center.

The Course is USATF Certified can be used for AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualification! The Suwanee Half will provide pacers from BEAST Pacing to help you meet your AJC Peachtree Road Race Corral qualifying time. Runners will receive a cool blanket featuring the goats from The Herd public art sculpture, and 3D spinning medal, for all my playas out there runnin'. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

The race will be capped at 500 runners, so register and start training early!Early registration is $50; after December 31, it goes up to $60, and race day registration is $70. Registration is open at SuwaneeHalf.com. Proceeds from the race will benefit Suwanee Public Art.

Winter Farmers Market Returns

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 October 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.

"It's a Major Award!"
The Orchard at White Street Park is Racking Up the Hardware

The Orchard at White Street Park is the recipient of not one, but TWO prestigious awards! The Georgia Urban Forest Council has recently awarded the Orchard at White Street Park its "2017 Outstanding New Initiative," and Keep Georgia Beautiful has chosen the orchard for its 2017 Community Beautification award. 

With a mission of "Growing a Healthier Suwanee," one facet of the long-term vision for Harvest Farm and the surrounding White Street Park was to provide a public orchard to enhance the community's knowledge of gardening, local food sources, and the environment. Space for an orchard was programmed on the original 2009 master plan for White Street Park and in 2017, the City completed construction on the second phase of the park, which includes a large public orchard. The Orchard at White Street Park, a fully functional orchard that is open to the public, is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

Study to Remove Traffic Signal

In an effort to create safer, less congested, and more efficient access to I-85, the City of Suwanee is undertaking a traffic study to determine the feasibility of removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Sawmill Drive and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Since 2014, there have been more than 80 vehicle crashes with over 30 injuries at this particular intersection.

The plans call for connecting the raised concrete medians on either side of the intersection along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, making it so drivers can only turn right onto or off of Sawmill Drive (eliminating the need for a traffic signal), extend the dedicated left turn lane for I-85 northbound, and ultimately allow for more efficient timing of other traffic signals.

The process for the proposed median break closing and traffic signal removal requires undertaking a temporary 90-day closure of the median break, which will likely begin in October. Public comments can be made at Signalstudy@suwanee.com. Information provided to this e-mail address will be collected as part of the study process. Click here for more detailed information.

City of Suwanee Election Results

Suwanee voters have re-elected Linnea Miller, Beth Hilscher, and Dan Foster to serve another four-year term on the Suwanee City Council.

Below are the uncertified election results for Suwanee:

City Council Post 3  
Linnea Miller (incumbent) 590 (approximately 75 percent)
Paquita V. Wright 192
 
City Council Post 4  
Joe Briggs Withdrew
Beth Hilscher (incumbent) 645
 
City Council Post 5  
Dan Foster (incumbent) 538 (approximately 70 percent)
John Kantor 231

Solis Town Center

Town Center is Growing!

Big things are happening around town! Have you noticed some dirt moved, trees coming down, and general construction activity around downtown and Suwanee Town Center? We asked our citizens what they wanted, and they said, "More Town Center" – so we're giving it to them!

Solis Town Center Terwilliger Pappas began development of Solis Town Center, a modern 4-5 story mixed-use development adjacent to Suwanee Town Center.


Town Center
Park Expansion

Buford Highway

Buford Highway The Georgia Department of Transportation and City of Suwanee have partnered to develop a better Buford Highway that will handle a similar volume of traffic, but in a way that slows down vehicles while accommodating pedestrians and cyclists.

Town Center Park Expansion The design of the yet-to-be-named park is influenced by the style and quality of Town Center Park, but will have its own unique character, personality, and purpose.

Pierce's Corner The 6,000-square-foot building, constructed around 1909, is expected to be used for retail and/or restaurant purposes.

Click here for more details and updates on these, and other projects around our community.

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