Through its award-winning Open Space Initiative, begun in 2002, the City of Suwanee has acquired more than 300 acres of open space, created four new parks, and extended its multipurpose trail system. Each park has its own “personality” and unique uses. Suwanee is widely recognized in the region for its leadership in preserving open space and establishing high-quality parks and passive recreational opportunities.
In addition, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, which operates George Pierce Park and its many active recreational programs, was recognized in 2008 as the top park agency in the nation by the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Gwinnett County manages nearly 9,000 acres of parkland.
Come take a stroll or a jog, bring a friend or your dog, fly a kite or ride your bike at Suwanee's Town Center Park. Suwanee’s “front yard,” the 10-acre Town Center Park, located at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, is the community's primary gathering space for special events.
Town Center Park features one mile of strolling and rolling surfaces with three interlinking elliptical pathways and sidewalks; more than 200 maple, gum, sycamore, and oak trees; four garden areas; park benches and traditional light poles; and a terraced amphitheater seating area with capacity for 1,000. Its amphitheater stage provides a backdrop for concerts and other performances that draw audiences from around the region. Directions
Located in Town Center Park, Big Splash, the largest interactive fountain in Gwinnett County, is generally open 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting, when “in season” (April 1-Oct. 31). Water quality is checked regularly throughout the day.
Suwanee’s Big Splash fountain has 43 jets and uses up to 1,400 gallons of water per minute. The water is recycled.
While the City encourages splashing, delighted squeals, and fun in the fountain, several rules are necessary to ensure the safety of splashers as well as the integrity of the fountain system. In addition, to ensure safety and fun for all, daycares, camps, and organized groups of more than 10 are required to make reservations in order to use fountain.
Occasionally the fountain will need to be closed for maintenance. When possible, notice will be posted to the City of Suwanee website.
It’s time to run...walk...pedal...stroll...and roll! The Suwanee Creek Greenway is a hard-surface, multipurpose trail that meanders through four miles of wooded areas, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. The greenway connects nearly 400 acres of parkland as well as residential and commercial areas.
Walkers, joggers, bikers, rollerbladers, and others can access the trail at a variety of locations. The trailhead is located at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Other access points are:
- Near the Suwanee Sports Academy at 3640 Burnette Road.
- Martin Farm Park, about a half-mile west of Satellite Boulevard.
- Town Center area, via Portland Drive and the wooden boardwalk/bridge that runs parallel to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
- Suwanee Elementary School, on weekends and after 4 p.m. during the week only.
- George Pierce Park, near the soccer and back softball fields.
Located at 1170 Buford Highway, near the City’s southern limit, Suwanee Creek Park, is a passive recreation area ideal for family picnics and reunions; it’s also the trailhead for the Suwanee Creek Greenway. The 85-acre Suwanee Creek Park, which has been left substantially in its natural condition, serves as the primary parking area and access point for the greenway. About 100 parking spaces are available at Suwanee Creek Park, which also features additional hard- and soft-surface trails, two pavilions, picnic tables, grills, public restrooms, and open meadow areas. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Directions
Suwanee’s super playground structure is widely known as “the playground that my mommy and daddy built.” That’s because more than 1,200 volunteers cumulatively worked nearly 10,000 hours over five days in June 2004 to turn two tractor trailer loads of materials and equipment into one wonderful playground for the children of Suwanee.
Located at 425 Main Street in historic Old Town, PlayTown Suwanee features a magical bus, castle, log cabin, boat, elephant, rocket, climbing wall, bridges, slides, and swing sets. The playground is open from sunup to sundown. Directions
Sims Lake Park
Opened in October 2008, Sims Lake Park is comprised of 62 idyllic acres and located at Suwanee Dam and Tench roads. In addition to a 7-acre lake, the park features an approximately 1.2-mile looping trail, well-fed streamscape, playground area, picnic pavilion, and two 2-acre play meadows. The park also has public restrooms and parking for nearly 90 cars. Directions. Map.
Harvest Farm at White Street Park
Suwanee’s newest park is home to Georgia’s largest organic community garden. In addition, the park includes a half-mile looping trail, bright red barn with restrooms and picnic tables, stunning butterfly garden, and a 25,000-gallon cistern. Directions
Other Suwanee parks
Suwanee has several other attractive parks as well.
Located between the police and fire stations on Buford Highway, this park offers play equipment, a picnic area under a covered gazebo, and the thrill of an occasional train sighting. Directions
There's almost always some sport in season at George Pierce Park.
Comprising more than 300 acres and less than a mile north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on Buford Highway, this Gwinnett County park offers active recreational facilities, including baseball, football, soccer, and softball fields; a pond stocked for fishing; picnic areas; playground; outdoor basketball courts; paved and soft-surface multiuse trails; and a special center for senior adults. For more information, contact Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation at 770/822-8840. Directions
The Burnette-Rogers Pavilion at Main Street Park
Main Street Park is located in the heart of Old Town Suwanee. It features a basketball court, in-line skating elements, the City of Suwanee Red Caboose, and the Burnette-Rogers open air pavilion, as well as passive open space that is great for picnics. Directions
Located at 380 Johnson Road outside the City of Suwanee limits, this 268-acre, Gwinnett County-run park has a dog park area and skate complex. Other amenities include paved and soft-surface multipurpose trails, outdoor basketball courts, playground, pavilions, and grill. For more information and rentals, contact Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation at 770.831.4173.