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The mission of Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is to provide quality parks and leisure activities to the citizens of Gwinnett County. The department has two key components:
Project Administration is responsible for planning, designing, and constructing new parks and facilities, and renovating existing facilities. In just the last five years, the County has purchased more than 4,600 acres of parkland, bringing the total to more than 8,000 acres currently. Recent openings and renovations include Little Mulberry Park in Auburn, Graves Park in Norcross, Lenora Park in Snellville, and George Pierce Park in Duluth.
Operations runs the County's recreation programs with more than 5,000 classes, camps, and events for all ages and interests. The Operations division also handles park maintenance, facility rentals, and works with 23 youth athletic associations to offer a variety of youth sports in County parks.
Built in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse sits majestically on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville. The Courthouse is available for rental and ideal for business meetings, weddings, receptions, banquets, workshops, showers, and conferences . Unique features include a large gazebo on the manicured lawn, original turret (balcony) to the outside, faux fireplaces, 24-foot ceilings and revolving art exhibits.
The courthouse is also home to the George Williams Collection of antique furniture, books and paintings, and the Gwinnett Veterans Council War Memorial Museum, an exhibit filled with tributes to the brave men and women who have defended our land and liberties from the Civil War to the present. Located on the first floor of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, this museum covers wars from the 19th century to the present, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf Wars, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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