NGHS Soccer Sprint
Suwanee Marathon & Half Marathon
Upcoming Winter Events
We got 99 problems, but the runs ain't one! Join us in Town Center Park for these upcoming feats of fast feet:
Sweetheart Sprint 5K
NGHS Soccer Sprint January 14 | 9 a.m.
Work on those New Year's Resolutions while also supporting the North Gwinnett soccer teams!
Sweetheart Sprint 5K February 11 | 10 a.m.
Team up with That Special Someone for hot chocolate, cookies, and a brisk morning run! Bring your camera and your creativity – this race features a sweet prize for the best Valentine's-themed costume.
Suwanee Marathon & Half Marathon February 26 | 7 a.m.
Join us for the very first full, 26.2-mile marathon in Gwinnett County! Joining the existing Half Marathon, this Peachtree Qualifier is a great route for all running levels.
New Life for Your Old Christmas Tree
When your live Christmas tree is past its fragrant, sparkly prime, give it a new sense of purpose through the City of Suwanee's "treecycling" campaign, which is part of Keep Georgia Beautiful's annual 'Bring One for the Chipper' program.
Area residents may drop off their former living Christmas trees at Sims Lake Park, located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road, from December 26 through January 31. Decorations, lights, and stands should be removed from all trees prior to donating. Last year, mulch from nearly 1,200 former Christmas trees was spread in Suwanee parks. Volunteers will be available to assist with unloading, as well as handing out crepe myrtle, redbud, and red maple seedlings (while supplies last) from 9 am-4 pm Saturday, January 7, 2017.
Adult and teen volunteers are needed to assist January 8. To volunteer, Nicole Schnepper at email@example.com or 770-945-8996.
Citizens Police Academy
The City of Suwanee Police Department will host a 10 week Citizens Police Academy session in order to strengthen the relationship between citizens and the police, and offer a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities of police officers.
The class runs 10 weeks beginning on February 20th, 2017 and ending April 24th, 2017 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Suwanee Police Substation & Training Center. Some of the classes included in this training will be Active Shooter Response, Traffic Stops, Building Searches, Crime Prevention, and Narcotics Identification. This program also includes a ride along program with a Suwanee Police Officer.
Applications must be received no later than February 13th, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Contact Officer Richard Pope at 770-904-7641 for an application.
Suwanee in Search of Farmers, Food Trucks, and Warm Spring Breezes
Warm days, fresh produce, and eating al fresco will return before you know it – and with it come our popular Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday events.
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May through the first week in October, at Town Center Park. The Market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 12th season. Click here for more information.
Food Truck Fridays will return to Suwanee in April, May, June, August, and September, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Interested food truck vendors can apply to be part of these annual events by clicking here.
City Seeks Artists for Fifth Installation of SculpTour
Suwanee's Public Arts Commission has issued a Call to Artists/Request for Proposals (RFP) for original outdoor sculptures to be featured in the 2017-2019 Suwanee SculpTour. Depending upon available funding – all support is provided through private individuals and companies – 10-20 sculptures of various styles, types, and sizes will be exhibited throughout downtown Suwanee this summer.
"The City of Suwanee values public art as a key component to creating a world-class community," says Denise Brinson, economic and community development director. "The SculpTour provides a relatively low-cost way to bring quality public art of various styles and mediums to our community. Our hope is that the art pieces will engage our citizens and bring new visitors to downtown Suwanee."
Artwork selected will essentially be on loan to the City throughout the SculpTour, scheduled for May 2017-March 2019, with the possibility at the end of the exhibit, again depending upon funding, that the City will purchase one or more of the pieces for display in one of Suwanee's public spaces. Click here to download the RFP.
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 accepting applications for the few remaining plots at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden for the 2017 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
Suwanee Launches County's First Bike Share Program
An exciting new transportation option has come to Gwinnett County! The City of Suwanee unveiled its new bike share program on Saturday, October 22 at the Alive! Festival in Town Center Park.
Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – have been installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park and will each house up to eight bikes. The 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.
Bikes can be ridden anywhere, including on the City's extensive greenway system. A large part of the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, the city features over 16 miles of interconnected multi-use, multi-medium trails.
Please visit zagster.com/suwanee for answers to questions such as usage, fees, station location, etc.
Police Earn Re-Accreditation with Excellence
The Suwanee Police Department recently attained re-accreditation with excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Police Chief Mike Jones and other agency representatives were awarded the agency's re-accreditation at the CALEA conference in Charleston, SC on November 5, 2016.
CALEA assessors spent several days evaluating the department in June, examining all aspects of Suwanee Police policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by an outside assessment team is part of a voluntary process, confirming that the Suwanee Police Department meets the CALEA commission's state-of-the-art standards. Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
"I am extremely proud for the department to be re-accredited with excellence by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies," said Chief Mike Jones. "CALEA accreditation represents a significant professional achievement and is confirmation that the Suwanee Police Department practices are consistent with progressive professional standards. This accreditation validates the high standards we hold our personnel to and is aligned with national guidelines."
City of Suwanee Launches Open Budget Website
In an effort to provide complete and clear financial information, the City of Suwanee has launched its open data budget website, ensuring that city financial data is easily accessible and understandable for citizens. Rather than wading through hundreds of pages of scanned documents of legal and financial information, citizens and staff see financial data contextualized in charts, graphs, and images are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.
"We're big believers in authenticity and transparency in government, and that certainly includes our financials. Our citizens should be able to easily access and understand our spending. At its most simplified, this is the taxpayers' money, and it's their right to know that we are being fiscally responsible for their dollars," said Amie Sakmar, Suwanee's Director of Finance. "The open data website is incredibly intuitive, and allows citizens to dig as far as their interests take them."
This program brings life to the City's static citizen operating budget: it makes the numbers interactive and shows the annual progress of collections and expenditures. Prior, the City would produce the budget in brief but the document and numbers where not updated as reviewable presentation for citizens to easily review and understand. This system provides the transparency of how the budget is performing on an ongoing basis, not just a snapshot of a moment in time. Visit budget.suwanee.com to explore the open budget.