Features: The 91-acre Alexander Park in Lawrenceville is filled with plenty of green space and undisturbed landscaping. On any given day you will find many guests using the green space for flying kites. The park has three trails – more than three miles in all – for walking, jogging and biking. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course that gets plenty of action, as well as two ponds (each with its own fishing dock), a horseshoe pit and an outdoor classroom. But if you have young kids, you are most likely heading toward the playgrounds; there’s one for young kids and another for older children. My children always start on the swings. My daughter, 8, loves to climb atop the big rock in the middle of the playground, and she adores the jungle gym. My son, only 3, especially likes to slide down the “big kid” slide. Families will thoroughly enjoy the full-service playgrounds at Alexander Park.
Amenities: There are three pavilions (with grills), which can be reserved for private functions, and picnic tables have been set in the open playground areas. (Pavilion rental is $35/hour for Gwinnett County residents.) The park has plenty of benches so parents can easily watch their children play. Restrooms and water fountains are also nearby.
Directions: Alexander Park is located at 800 Old Snellville Highway in Lawrenceville. From Scenic Highway 124, head northeast on Sugarloaf Parkway and make your first left onto Old Snellville Highway. Or, from Highway 316, take Sugarloaf Parkway southeast for 4.5 miles and turn right on Old Snellville Highway. The park will be a half-mile on your right. Once entering the park, you will spot the playgrounds on your right. For more information: 770-822-5414.
– Rasheda Hughes