Through the City of Suwanee's bond-funded, award-winning open space initiative (approved by voters in 2001), five new parks were created and the Suwanee Creek Greenway extended. Suwanee is widely recognized throughout the Atlanta region for its leadership in preserving open space and establishing high-quality parks and passive recreation opportunities. Over the past few years, the City's focus has been on enhancing existing parks rather than adding new ones.

The Gwinnett County-managed George Pierce Park is located within the City of Suwanee and offers many active recreational opportunities and leagues. Recognized in 2008 as the top park agency in the nation by the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the Gwinnett County park system includes nearly 50 facilities and more than 170 multipurpose sports fields.

Each of the City's parks has its own distinct personality and unique uses. City of Suwanee parks are generally open from sunup to sundown. Because of its open location, Town Center Park typically remains active well into the evening.

Town Center Park

Town Center Park
Photo by David Douglas

Town Center Park Rules

  • Respect others who are using the park.
  • Respect and take care of the equipment and facilities.
  • No ball games or organized ball play.
  • Please do not pick flowers or damage plants.
  • Place all trash in appropriate containers.
  • No skateboards or motorized vehicles.
  • No amplified sound except by permit.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Owners are required to clean up after their pets. (Dispensers with disposable bags are located throughout the park.)
  • No fires or camping in the park.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Smile!

Located at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, the 10-acre Town Center Park serves as our "front yard" and the community's primary gathering place for special events. Come take a stroll or a jog, bring a friend or your dog, fly a kite or ride your bike, all in the midst of a vibrant mixed-use retail/residential setting. The amphitheater stage provides a backdrop for concerts and other performances that draw people from throughout the region. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • more than 1 mile of looping elliptical sidewalks
  • Big Splash interactive fountain
  • open, unprogrammed recreational areas
  • stage and amphitheater
  • connection to Suwanee Creek Greenway
  • public art
  • public restrooms

Big Splash Rules

  • No food, gum, or beverages may be brought into the fountain area.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • No water balloons, water guns, or other toys permitted.
  • Please keep rocks, stones, and other small objects outside the fountain area.
  • No skates, skateboards, scooters, or bicycles.
  • Toddlers must wear swim diapers.
  • Footwear is strongly recommended.
  • Children must be supervised by an accompanying adult; never leave children unattended.
  • No running or rough-housing.
  • No jumping from walls.

The Big Splash interactive fountain is designed for recreational purposes; use at your own risk. The City of Suwanee is not responsible for any injury resulting from use of the fountain and does not assume responsibility for supervision.

Big Splash interactive fountain

One of Gwinnett's largest interactive fountains, Suwanee's Big Splash features 43 jets and uses up to 1,400 gallons of water per minute. (The water is recycled.) The fountain is generally open 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting, when "in season" (from April 1-October 31). Water quality is checked throughout the day.

Photo by David Douglas

While the City encourages splashing, delighted squeals, and fun in the fountain, several rules are necessary to ensure the safety of splashers as well as the integrity of the fountain system. In addition, to ensure safety and fun for all, daycares, camps, and other organized groups of more than 10 are required to make reservations in order to use the fountain.

Occasionally the fountain must be closed for maintenance. When possible, notice will be posted to the City of Suwanee website.

Sims Lake Park

Photo by Bill Mahan

Located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road, Sims Lake Park is one of Suwanee's most popular parks not only because of its proximity to several neighborhoods, but also because of its many amenities and idyllic environment.  The 62-acre park includes a 7-acre lake and 1.2-mile looping trail. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • playground
  • a pavilion that is available on a first-come basis
  • picnic tables
  • 1.2-mile trail
  • streamscape
  • outdoor classroom
  • public art
  • public restrooms

Suwanee Creek Greenway

It's time to run...walk...pedal...stroll...and roll! The Suwanee Creek Greenway is a hard-surface, multipurpose trail that meanders through four miles of wooded areas, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. The greenway connects nearly 400 acres of parkland as well as residential and commercial areas.

Walkers, joggers, bikers, rollerbladers, and others can access the trail at a variety of locations. The trailhead is located at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Other access points are:

  • near the Suwanee Sports Academy at 3640 Burnette Road
  • Martin Farm Park, about a half-mile west of Satellite Boulevard
  • Town Center area, via Portland Drive and the wooden boardwalk/bridge that runs parallel to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road
  • Suwanee Elementary School, on weekends and after 4 p.m. only during the week
  • George Pierce Park, near the soccer and back softball fields

Suwanee Creek Park

Photo by Karl Lamb

Suwanee Creek Park offers a recreation area ideal for family picnics and reunions; it's also home to Suwanee's 18-hole disc golf course and the trailhead for the Suwanee Creek Greenway. Located at 1170 Buford Highway, near the City's southern limit, the 85-acre park has been left substantially in its natural condition and, in addition to providing access to the Greenway, has additional hard- and soft-surface trails. Approximately 100 parking spaces are available at Suwanee Creek Park. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • Suwanee Creek Greenway trailhead
  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • two pavilions, which may be reserved and rented
  • picnic tables
  • outdoor classroom
  • public restrooms

Suwanee Creek Disc Golf Course

Designed by Professional Disc Golf Association Hall of Fame member John David, Suwanee's disc golf course has been described as "a short, technical course that serves as a great equalizer among players." Several holes have been designed to be more challenging, and two require throwing over water hazards. The majority of the course is in wooded, shaded areas, and all the holes have been placed outside wet conditions. It plays well for beginner to moderate level players and even some more advanced players will find holes to be challenging. No reservations are necessary to play.

Photo by Bill Mahan

PlayTown Suwanee

The super playground that mommies and daddies (and 1,200 other volunteers) built over five days in June 2004 is located at 425 Main Street. PlayTown Suwanee features a magical bus, castle, log cabin, boat, elephant, rocket, climbing wall, bridges, slides, and swing sets. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • playground
  • pavilion that may be reserved and rented
  • picnic tables
  • public art
  • public restrooms

White Street Park

Home to Harvest Farm, Georgia's largest organic community garden, White Street Park, located at 752 White Street, also features a stunning butterfly garden, 2,500-gallon cistern, and many other amenities. Directions.

Other amenities include:

  • a bright red barn that may be reserved and rented
  • an au natural amphitheater that may be reserved and rented
  • loop trail
  • fire pit
  • public restrooms

The Orchard at White Street

The first public orchard in the Southeast, the Orchard at White Street Park also includes lawn areas for relaxation and play, a pavilion, winding pathways, and natural construction children's play features throughout the one acre site.

Amenities include:

  • Pavilion
  • Natural children's play features
  • Lawn areas for relaxation and play
  • Winding pathways

City Hall Park

This small playground/park between the police station and fire department at 373 Buford Highway offers a great place to watch trains go by. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • playground
  • octagonal pavilion that may be reserved and rented
  • picnic tables

Main Street Park

In the heart of historic Old Town Suwanee, this park is located at 687 Main Street, just across the street from Suwanee's red caboose. Directions.

Amenities include:

  • Burnette-Rogers pavilion/stage that may be reserved and rented
  • basketball court
  • in-line skating elements
  • passive open space that is great for picnics

Martin Farm Park

At Martin Farm Road and Suwanee Creek, this park provides parking for and access to the Suwanee Creek Greenway and includes a small interpretive trail. Public restrooms and a water fountain are also available. Directions.

Gwinnett County Parks in the Suwanee area

George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway

  • sports fields and leagues
  • pond stocked for fishing
  • playground
  • picnic areas
  • paved and soft-surface multiuse trails
  • basketball courts
  • community recreation and senior center
  • public restrooms

More info.

Peachtree Ridge Park, 3170 Suwanee Creek Road

  • handicap-accessible ball field and playground for children with special needs
  • sports fields and leagues
  • 1-mile paved multipurpose trail
  • basketball courts
  • playground
  • pavilion
  • public restrooms

More info.

Settles Bridge Park, 380 Johnson Road

  • dog park
  • skate complex
  • playground
  • paved and soft-surface trails
  • basketball courts
  • pavilions
  • grills
  • public restrooms

More info.