- Karen Huppertz For the AJC
No matter the season, kids have got to run around and have a little crazy time. Here's a roundup of Gwinnett's best parks for a little fun with the kids.
Berkeley Lake Park, 4040 S. Berkeley Lake Road, 770-368-9484
Technically, Berkeley Lake is home to only one public park located adjacent to city hall. The city maintains the popular playground for the enjoyment of area children. There are also walking trails within the city green space near Ridge and North Berkeley Lake roads. More details here.
Pinkneyville Park, 4758 S. Old Peachtree Road in Norcross, 678-277-0920
While not within city limits, Berkeley Lake residents are only minutes away from Pinkneyville Park's 93 acres. Amenities include a seven-field baseball/softball complex, playground, dog park, roller hockey rink, free-skate area, pond, 2.4 mile paved, multi-purpose trail, restrooms, grill and pavilions, including the 5,000 square foot Medlock Corporate Pavilion with catering kitchen. More details here.
Braselton Park, 115 Harrison St., 706-654-3915
Braselton Park has a playground, picnic areas and tennis courts, but is best known for frequent events held there, from movies under the stars to festivals to water day. More details here.
Mulberry RiverWalk, 940 Liberty Church Road, 706-654-3915
The Mulberry RiverWalk is a 2.3-mile walk through nature without leaving town. Kids can encounter waterfalls, sandy picnic areas, marked specimen trees and bridges. The spot where all four of Braselton's counties (Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson) come together is marked on the trail by a monument and small rest stop next to the river. More details here.
Bogan Park, 2723 N. Bogan Road, 678-277-0850
Bogan Park's 83 acres include an indoor aquatic center with competition and leisure pools, gymnasium, indoor badminton courts, outdoor basketball courts, dance studio, a baseball/softball complex, sand volleyball courts, pavilions, playground and two miles of trails. More details here.
Buford Community Center Town Park, 2200 Buford Highway, 770-945-6762
The Buford Town Park is home to outdoor concerts and performances. Children can enjoy a picnic on the lawn or at picnic tables and take a splash in the Town Park Fountain on warm sunny days. More details here.
Dacula Park, 205 Dacula Road, 678-277-0850
Dacula Park is a favorite for families for baseball, softball, football, tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool or volleyball on the sand courts. The park includes 1.75 miles of paved walking trails and a pond. More details here.
Maple Creek Park, 425 McMillan Road, 770-963-7451
Maple Creek Park is a 17-acre passive city park with playground, restrooms, picnic shelter and one-mile paved walking trail. Open sunrise to sunset daily.
Shorty Howell Park, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, 678-277-0900
This 67-acre park includes an activity building, seven lighted youth baseball/softball fields, restrooms, football/multi-purpose field with lighted walking track, pavilion, grill, playgrounds, a large community room with classroom, and 1.25-mile paved multi-purpose trail. The kids will enjoy feeding the ducks at the lake. Open sunrise until 11 p.m. unless otherwise posted. More details here.
W.P. Jones Park, 3770 Pleasant Hill Road, 770-814-6981
Just west of Shorty Howell Park is W.P. Jones Park. The 20.68-acre park contains a small stream running east to west, dividing the park. Most of the park's attractions are in the stream's floodplain, so it may be soggy after big rains. The park includes two sets of tennis courts surrounding a restroom/storage building and community center. Kids will love the playground equipment, picnic shelter, trails and exploring nature near the stream. More details here.
Grayson Community Park, 1 Park Drive, 770-963-8017
Grayson Community Park is a wonderful place for kids with several shaded play areas, a large pavilion and passive green space for epic Frisbee tossing, as well as lots of trees known to be home to numerous Nerf/water gun battles. The park includes an area for the "wee" ones as well as several swings for special needs children. More details here.
Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, 678-277-0890
This 713-acre park with two lakes, offers fishing, 3.4 miles of multi-purpose trails, a large playground and several large pavilions. Non-motorized and electric boats are allowed on the lake. There are also soft-surface trails for equestrian and mountain biking as well as a cross country course. More details here.
Collins Hill Park, 2225 Collins Hill Road, 678-277-0850
Fun! This 95-acre park offers 1.5 miles of soft surface trails great for nature walks, seven baseball/softball fields, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds and a fishing lake. Across the street, the aquatic center has an outdoor pool for recreational play and indoor competition pools. More details here.
Bryson Park, 5075 Lawrenceville Highway, 678-277-0860
This 72-acre park includes a football/multi-purpose field with lighted track, two youth soccer fields, sand volleyball court, outdoor basketball courts, playground, pavilion and half-mile paved multi-purpose trail. Usually open sunrise until 11 p.m. More details here.
Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., 770-921-2210
City Park is behind the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex at the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue. This 10-acre park includes a band shell, open field for picnics or Frisbee, pavilion, playground, tennis court and restrooms. The lighted walking/jogging path is a trailhead for Camp Creek Greenway. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. More details here.
Toddler Park, 4385 Pecan St., 770-466-0902
Located at city hall, Loganville's Toddler Park is popular with families for its clean, well-shaded playground with swings for all ages.
Destination Park, 4585 Tuck Road, 770-466-0902
Destination Park located on Tuck Road at Old Loganville Road, has a toddler play area, a playground and shaded walking trails. The pavilion can be reserved. More details here.
Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, 678-421-2010
Norcross has many parks, including Lillian Webb Park, home to the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration among other big events. But across the railroad tracks is the lovely Thrasher Park with an amphitheater, pavilion, gazebo, picnic tables and play equipment. Open 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. More details here.
Johnson-Dean Park, 145 North Barton Street, 678-421-2010
Johnson-Dean Park is just off the corner of North Barton Street and Sunset Drive in a residential area. Kids can enjoy the nature trail and stream, while learning more about the trees and plants in the urban forest, home to 100-year old trees, as well as ferns, wild herbs and native flowers. More details here.
Jones Bridge Park, 4901 E. Jones Bridge Road, 678-277-0920
This beautiful 30-acre park bordering the Chattahoochee River offers children a playground, pavilion, restrooms, community room, sand volleyball court and a river overlook perfect for fishing. With supervision, children can explore the rocks at the river bed. More details here.
Simpsonwood Park, 4511 Jones Bridge Road, 678-277-0900
This 223-acre park is a great place for exploring nature on the 3.1-mile soft surface trail and meadow. It also features a chapel, pavilions, and sand volleyball court. Group camping is available with reservations. More details here.
T.W. Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, 770-985-3535
This park is home to the annual Snellville Days Festival and is packed with ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and outdoor pool. More details here.
Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville, 678-277-0890
Just between Snellville and Loganville is the Vines Mansion, gardens and the Vines Garden Railroad. Kids love to watch the over 1,000 feet of miniature railroad tracks with 25-foot bridge, tunnels, viaduct, airport, towns and villages among a beautiful garden setting with picnic facilities. More details here.
PlayTown Suwanee, 425 Main St., 770-945-8996
Over the past few years, Suwanee has focused on enhancing existing parks and adding new ones. PlayTown Suwanee is a community-built playground with swings, slides, a climbing wall, sand area, and lots of places for children to climb and crawl through. More details here.
Sims Lake Park, 4600 Suwanee Dam Road, 770-945-8996
Sims Lake Park has a playground, pavilion, outdoor classroom, picnic tables as well as a trail around the property's seven-acre lake. Kids love the streamscape that feeds into the lake. More details here.