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City Touts Highlights from 2012

As part of its recent newsletter publication, city officials touted a number of accomplishments from the year 2012.

City officials are beginning a new year, but don't want residents to forget about accomplishments in 2012.

In the city's recent newsletter, officials touted a number of highlights that took place in Lilburn last year. These include the new Bryson Park opening, plans for a new city hall complex, Lilburn City Park enhancements, and more.

-- What do you think of these new facilities and plans for Lilburn? Let us, and your city leaders, know in the comment section. --

Highlights from 2012, according to the city of Lilburn:

  • Bryson Park Opening: Residents can now enjoy 71 acres of trails, football, soccer, playgrounds and more.
  • Main Street Realignment: This project, funded by Georgia Transportation Improvement Grant, Lilburn Community Improvement District, Gwinnett County and the city of Lilburn, is expected to start in spring 2013. Construction costs are estimated at $2.4 million.
  • : Construction is expected to begin this summer on the new City Hall plans. It is a joint project between Gwinnett County and the city of Lilburb, and is estimated to cost $10 million. It is funded by the SPLOST one-cent sales tax.
  • Downtown Development Authority Property Acquisition: Some 7.5 acres at the new intersection of Main Street and Lawrenceville Highway were acquired last year. This creates a large tract for possible shopping and restaurants in the future. Also the 37-acre former Jackson Creek Water Treatment Facility was purchased in 2012 and is slated for the Big League Dreams baseball tournament complex.
  • Lions Club Park: Construction began on baseball and softball fields and is expected to finish in late 2013.
  • Lilburn City Park Stream Restoration Project: The 2.5 acre expansion allows children of all ages to explore this stream habitat.
  • Lawrenceville Highway Median Beautification: The city's main artery was spruced up with plantings and stamped concrete. It was a joint project between Lilburn Community Improvement District, Gwinnett County, and the city of Lilburn.
  • Trail Improvements: Walkers can enjoy improved connectivity on Killian Hill Road from Greenway terminus to Arcado Road, and on Lawrenceville Highway from Killian Hill Road to Postal Way.
  • Community Development Block Grant Awarded: This sidewalk project on Hillcrest Road from existing at Lawrenceville Highway to Indian Trail.

See also:

  • Highway 29 -- A Boulevard of Opportunity, by Gerald McDowell, executive director of the Lilburn Community Improvement District
Rethinknow January 04, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Just to keep the record straight. Bryson Park Gwinnett County SPLOST, Lions Club Park, Gwinnett County SPLOST, Stream restoration project - Gwinnett County Storm water Management Authority. .
Gerald McDowell January 04, 2013 at 04:42 PM
This shows a lot of behind the scenes work that has gone on for a couple of years and is simply the beginning of more. The City's staff and officials have done a lot of work unknown and continues to improve it's working relations with Gwinnett and the Chamber as well as the CID. With the state of the economy and how things are at the federal and state levels, I am looking forward to 2013 for great things to begin in greater Lilburn.
Rethinknow January 04, 2013 at 11:20 PM
"behind the scenes", How comforting. Particularly when I have heard each and everyone (with the exception of councilman Wight) of the council, mayor spin the truth beyond what a parent of a 9 year old would tolerate. It's time to STOP giving out Hall Passes to politicians by saying they are doing things that we (the unwashed masses) don't understand... I've been listening to these same guys for years telling US prosperity is just around the corner. We have heard of the monumental plans for Big League Dreams for three years. And then we witness them SNEAK into a meeting with NO citizens involved. And I CHALLENGE ANYBODY TO ARGUE IT WAS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO HIDE!!!
Gerald McDowell January 04, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I used the phrase "behind the scenes" as a figure of speech. To clarify there is a lot of work that goes on day to day (meetings, phone calls, negotiations, workshops, forums, seminars, tours, etc) that would be impossible to communicate word for word who said what. I am referring to staff, elected officials and others who are working on a daily basis on behalf of those who live and work in the greater Lilburn community. There is a time and season for everything. And think we can all agree that the economy since 2008 has created a lot of delays for plans that were being worked on and are now close to becoming a reality. I hope we can all put our hands to the plow and not look back, but press towards the mark of a higher calling.
Rethinknow January 05, 2013 at 12:19 AM
The past (history) often is what guides us to make better decisions. And it should. These guys with agendas that DO NOT include all of the citizens. They manipulate the stories of why they voted this or that way that could be Saturday Night Live material if, it wasn't so tragically true and many know that. I would suggest they are a lot (and I mean a lot) like our beloved representatives in D.C.
Rethinknow January 05, 2013 at 02:20 PM
"Where there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned." by Herbert Hoover
Leslie Edwin January 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
How about the beginning of an events agenda that included an expanded Lilburn Idol, Father's Day concert by the 313th Army Band, 4th of July celebration, Endless Summer Surf Music Festival, Halloween, 9/11 Remembrance, and Veterans’ Day events, and other fabulous ideas that have not yet come to fruition, dreamed up by creative citizens and employees, current and former, at City Hall? Regardless of politics, the citizens have expressed their desire for events that get us all out and together and in my opinion, these new events in addition to long-standing and well-loved calendar staples such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Lilburn Daze, Farmer’s Market, and the Christmas Parade had just as much impact (if not more) on the development of Lilburn in 2012 as the opening of local County parks & the future City Hall. Citizens interacting enriches all our lives. Having a lively calendar of events attracts potential businesses and residents. If done right, you can have a year’s worth of events that pay for themselves. We also have a huge community of volunteerism in Lilburn. When resources are used correctly they can produce almost magical results.

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