UPDATED: Construction Snags Delay Bryson Park

The grand opening for the park is now planned for September 15, 2012.

UPDATE: Aug. 27, 12:30 p.m: According to the marketing coordinator for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Sept. 15 will not work after all. It was always a tentative date, as Patch reported. "We actually do not have a completion date as of yet, but as soon as the contractor is able to give one to us, I will update you and we will send out a press release about the grand opening celebration, we are hoping to make it a community event," said Nazanin Weck, in an email to Patch.


The grand opening for Bryson Park has been delayed for months, and now, it looks like September 15 is the new date.

First it was March, then it was July, and now it's September. Still, the new date is tentative, said Grant Guess, director of project administration at Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation.

Not only has the rain been a factor, but most recently, workers came across unforeseen challenges -- drainage pipes that had to be rerouted and a gas line that was in the way at the entrance along Highway 29.

"Three or four issues came up, one after the other," he said.

The Lilburn community has been waiting for a while for the 69-acre park, including parents who organized sports leagues to play there.

"We're not happy with that either," Guess said of the delays.

When the grand opening does happen, there will be family fun activities that the community will be invited to, he added.

Work on the park started in 2011, and it is paid for by SPLOST funds. The park will have will a track-encircled artificial turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse.

It will have two fenced and lighted soccer fields, one full and two half basketball courts, 7,300- and 2,600-square-foot playgrounds, a half-mile walking trail and 500-plus parking spaces.

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