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SPLOST Proposal: Parks Funding Should Go to Existing Facilities

The new three-year SPLOST program goes into effect on April 1.

The Gwinnett Recreation Authority proposed $24 million in park projects that would be paid by SPLOST funding that goes into effect April 1.

The proposed capital program was presented to county commissioners on Tuesday.

Recreation Authority Chairman Steven Flynt said the unanimous recommendation is that all the funding should be used on renovations and improvements of existing parks. The 9-member volunteer authority used public opinion to update the Parks and Recreation capital improvement plan.

According to a county press release, recommended projects include:

ADA-compliance improvements; major renovations to aquatic centers, athletic fields and other facilities; energy conservation projects; playground equipment replacements; and resurfacing roads and trails. Existing park renovation and development projects include Alexander Park and Club Drive Park and historic and cultural assets such as the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

“We greatly appreciate the recreation authority’s work to update the master plan and involve the public in the process,” Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said in the press release. “And I agree that our top priority should be to maintain the quality of our existing park system.”

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