Summer is here, and it's time to celebrate with a trip to one of Gwinnett's award-winning Parks and Recreation aquatic centers and pools. All aquatic centers will open May 28 for the summer season. Our local centers offer beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas, and more. Parks and Recreation also offers a variety of amenities such as private, semi-private, and group swim lessons and private rental opportunities.
All the pools are accessible for people with disabilities and safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. Summer pool hours differ based on location.
Before visiting one of our facilities, be sure to read up on proper attire, pool rules, and pool safety. More...
A new Centerville Senior Center will soon be under construction adjacent to the Centerville Community Center and the Centerville Branch Library on Bethany Church Road near Snellville. County commissioners awarded the $2.24 million contract to low bidder Hogan Construction Group LLC on April 12. Funding comes from the 2014 SPLOST program.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “This is the first time funding from the voter-approved SPLOST has been allocated specifically for capital projects that benefit our senior population. I can’t wait to get this new senior center up and running to serve senior residents in southern Gwinnett County.”
The 8,500-square-foot single-story facility will include a dining room, warming kitchen with serving line, multi-purpose room, billiards area, staff offices, and support space. It will serve as a nutrition site offering healthy meals that meet one-third of the daily recommended intake. Programming will promote healthy lifestyles and celebrate the diversity of Gwinnett residents 60 and older with activities that promote socialization and health and wellness.
District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter said, “Like other new County buildings recently, this one will be LEED-certified for sustainability and efficiency.” The design anticipates older individuals with mobility, visual and hearing challenges engaged in activities to stay active and thriving in the community. Participants will also enjoy card games, billiards and interactive Wii-Fit games for increased mobility and strength. Programs will include tai chifor arthritis, fall prevention classes and chronic disease self-management classes, including one taught in Spanish.
The Gwinnett County Health and Human Services Division operates similar senior centers in Buford, Lawrenceville and Norcross, with a satellite center operating at the Centerville Community Center since 2013. Parks and Recreation also runs senior centers at Bethesda Park and George Pierce Park.
Added Hunter, “After visiting the satellite senior center a few times now, I have seen the how popular it is with seniors in the area. I am excited that the new center will serve even more seniors who make up a fast-growing demographic in our community.” More...
Changes were made to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance in 2015 that relate to tethering, cruelty and neglect, boarding, and the keeping of livestock. Many of the changes were made to comply with the Responsible Dog Owners Act that became state law in 2012. Under the revised ordinance, outdoor tethering is prohibited unless certain conditions are met. These conditions include, but are not limited to: the owner or adult custodian of the animal must be outside with the animal at all times; the animal must be visible to the owner; single-point tethering is prohibited; a trolley system tether is the only approved form of tether; and only one animal may be attached to each trolley system.
To help you better understand changes to the ordinance, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about tethering and many other topics.
You may also wish to familiarize yourself with the entire Animal Control Ordinance located here. More...
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Are you interested in learning a line dance, improving your driving skills, or learning basic photography or sewing skills? Gwinnett County Health and Human Services offers these programs and more and partners with public and private agencies to provide senior citizens, families, and individuals with quality programs, services, and facilities to improve their health and well-being. Find out more. (YOU ARE why Doris is Here)
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The Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Health Department website has information about the Zika virus and the breeds of mosquito that carry the virus. For tips on how to limit your exposure to mosquitoes, visit www.gnrhealth.com/zika-prevention. For information about the virus, see www.gnrhealth.com/zika. More...
WHO: The Department of Transportation encourages residents to take the Comprehensive Transportation Plan survey before the May 31 deadline.
WHAT: The County is updating its Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for how transportation will develop in Gwinnett. The updated plan will summarize current and future multimodal transportation needs within the County and will recommend projects for the next 25 years. Residents can give their input on the plan by taking a quick survey online or on their smartphone at https://destination2040.metroquest.com/.
More information about the Comprehensive Transportation Plan can be found at www.Destination2040Gwinnett.com.
WHY: Public input and feedback will help ensure the Comprehensive Transportation Plan is on track with what people want when developing recommendations for the future of transportation in Gwinnett. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 24, 2016) – Gwinnett County officials will remember Army Specialist Kyle E. Gilbert during the 13th annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. Gilbert, a Lawrenceville native and graduate of Mill Creek High School, died as a result of friendly fire last September in Bagram, Afghanistan. Gilbert’s name is the first to be added to the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial since 2011.
Guests are invited to attend the ceremony to pay tribute to Gilbert and other fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation.
The keynote address will be given by Brig. Gen. Thomas Carden, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Georgia Department of Defense Commander, Georgia Army National Guard. Other officials scheduled to speak include Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter and the mayors of Lawrenceville and Lilburn. Law enforcement honor guard members will also take part in the ceremony.
The Memorial Day ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on May 30 on TVgwinnett, the county’s local government access cable channel. TVgwinnett programming is also available streaming and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com.
The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government. For additional information about the memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 24, 2016) – Superior Court Judge Tom Davis signed an order to extend the voting hours at Precinct 123, Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Jerusalem Baptist Church, located at 5300 Williams Road in Norcross for the May 24 General Primary/Nonpartisan General Election. The precinct will be open until 7:42 p.m. The extension was made due to a late opening at the precinct location.
Voters who are in line at the precinct at closing will still be allowed to vote. All other precincts will close at 7 p.m.
Elections results will be available on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. A link to the results will also be available on the County’s website, www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 24, 2016) – A favorite summer bridal show in Gwinnett returns to downtown Lawrenceville. An Engaging Affair will be held Sunday, June 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on the square in Lawrenceville. Bringing together all of the elements of the big day in one location will make planning the most important day of your life simple. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with more than 30 wedding professionals in the Gallery Hall and the Superior Court Ballroom. From bridal beauty tips to live mannequin bridal gown, bridesmaid dress and tuxedo displays and entertainment that will get people on the dance floor, there is something for every theme and budget. The exciting event is $6 in advance and $7 cash per person at the door. Grooms are always free and encouraged to attend. Arrive early to play fun games for chances to win fabulous prizes and stay for the door prize drawing at 3:45 p.m., must be present to win. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St., in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information or to pre-register, call 770-822-5450 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 24, 2016) – All Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) aquatic facilities open Saturday, May 28 of Memorial Day Weekend. Most of the aquatic centers and leisure play pools conveniently located throughout Gwinnett County, offer fun features such as beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas and more! Visitors will find a wide array of amenities for both fun and learning, including private, semi-private, and group swim lessons annually for all ages. May is also National Water Safety Month, and GCPR would like to highlight some tips for a safe and enjoyable day at the pool:
Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
Teach children basic water safety tips
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment
Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
GCPR recognizes the vital role that swimming and aquatic-related activities relate to good physical and mental health and enhance the quality of life for all people. “Learning how to swim saves lives,” said Christine Greenfield, Aquatics Coordinator. “We encourage all families to enroll in swim lessons and safety programs by contacting your local pool.” All GCPR pools are accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. For details on admission fees, specific amenities, hours of operation or information on facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
WHAT: All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on May 31. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.
Memorial Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials call center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday.
WHEN: County offices will be closed Monday, May 30 and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31. More...