Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has made public it’s master plan for Simpsonwood Park.
The 227 acres of land, which borders Chattahoochee river will be developed and managed by the county parks department. Improvements will be paid through Gwinnett’s special-purpose, local option sales tax (SPLOST) This recent master plan features include:
- Entrance drives
- Bike racks
- Camping area
- A chapel/events area (already on site)
- An existing meadowland area
- A trail system
- A playground
- A pavilion
A public forum on the plans for the park is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to be held at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church gymnasium. The public will be able to provide input and ask questions. The final master plan will be presented to the committee on August 4.
“They want the area to stay natural. They’re against the plan to add a mile and a half of asphalt, 100 parking spaces, and a 10,000 square foot playground.”Reported by Ben Swann, CBS46
That plan, as has been previously noted on this website, would make Simpsonwood conform to the same type of paved and artificially landscaped park that already can be found throughout Gwinnett County. Furthermore, the plan would open up the park’s dense forest, reduce habitat, and permanently change the wild character of Simpsonwood.
Parks and Recreation Department’s own November 2015 survey which indicated that most area residents wanted to “Keep Park Natural/ Minimal Development/ Passive/ Preserve Trees, Native Plants,” with trails that are ‘Nature Trails (Natural Surface, unpaved).”
Close up from the Masterplan in two parts: