SKATE PARK OPENS
Thor Lipscomb (front) and Garrett Basil of Lawrenceville test their skills at Gwinnett County’s newest skate park. Duncan Creek Park in Dacula features a 20,000 square foot skate park as well as a football complex, playground, jogging track and bike trails.
Photo by Kristi Reed
Gwinnett County’s largest skate park opens in Dacula
BY KRISTI REED
After months of waiting, area skateboarders and bikers finally got a chance to try out Gwinnett County’s newest skate park this past week.
The skate park is part of the new Duncan Creek Park located at 3700 Braselton Highway. While the official grand opening is not until June 14, the 88-acre park opened its gates Thursday in response to the high level of community interest.
Tammy Gibson, resource and marketing coordinator for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, said calls from area residents wanting to know when the park would open began last year.
“I think the community and Gwinnett as a whole has really just anticipated [the opening],” she said.
The skate park is the fifth skate park in the county and the largest to date. Thursday, dozens of skaters and bikers lined up to test their skills in the 20,000 square foot skate area.
The Wally Hollyday designed course features street elements, bowls and ramps for use by skateboarders and BMX bikers alike.
In addition to the skate area, Duncan Creek Park features a football complex with a concession stand, restroom building, bleachers and a press box. The football field is encircled by a 12 foot wide, .33 mile asphalt track.
The park has two lighted full size basketball courts, two half-court basketball courts and three lighted sand volleyball courts. The site has also been graded for a future inline hockey rink.
The playground area is 15,000 square feet with handicap accessible features. Parents can watch their young ones play while sitting in the 60’ octagonal open pavilion adjacent to the playground.
Gibson said Duncan Creek Park is designed to incorporate the wants and needs of Gwinnett citizens.
“We pull together a citizen’s steering committee before we even design the park,” she said. “They meet and decide what is needed in the area. We get feedback through our web site and through phone calls, but we also did a comprehensive master plan several years ago. We held five public meetings for the whole county and, through that, we were able to ascertain what people wanted to see in the parks.”
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Duncan Creek Park will continue to grow over the next few years. The inline hockey rink is one area that Gibson hopes to see developed with SPLOST funds, but she says it may be several years before the rink is actually built.
Perhaps more important to area residents is the new library slated for construction at the entrance to the park. The Hamilton Mill library is scheduled to open in 2009 and will be Gwinnett’s fifteenth library.
Duncan Creek Park also brings some long overdue traffic improvements to the area. A traffic signal and turn lanes are being installed at the park’s entrance to help traffic move through the busy intersection of Pine Road and Braselton Highway.
Duncan Creek Park will hold its grand opening on June 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will include free activities for the entire family.
Gibson said the grand opening will feature demonstrations by professional skaters and BMX bikers. There will also be skate and safety clinics.
Duncan Creek Park is open from sunup until 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation web site at www.GwinnettCounty.com.