Lilburn Living - May 2019

Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn and Mountain Park Volume 29, No. 5 • MAY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Lilburn’s Tim Dunn Recognized for Excellence in Municipal Government Studies One of the oldest intact properties in West Gwinnett, a park known today as Simpsonwood, started in the nineteenth century as extensive farmland outside Norcross. In the late twentieth century the United Methodist Church became custodian of the land. Since 2015 Simp- sonwood, at 4511 Jones Bridge Circle Peachtree Corners 30092, has been a Gwinnett park. The overall amenities package in the 233-acres of Simpsonwood are unlike those at most parks. There are the stan- dard picnic grills with shelters, a sand volleyball court and restrooms. Instead of athletic playing fields, however, there are spectacular brown natural meadows. Surrounding them are tall trees and the forest is pristine. Proceeding through the woodland there are at first asphalt roads where one can drive, and parking is available. But at a certain point as you go deeper into the park, driving is not allowed. You may see deer and other wildlife. There’s about 3 miles of non- paved trails in a loop which you can hike on a gentle downgrade. Hiking, which I love, is the main feature at Simpsonwood Park. It’s a little confusing there because trails are not very well marked. But so spectacular is the destination—the Chattahoochee River— Simpsonwood Park: Great Family Legacy inWest Gwinnett Continued on page 9 Old trails through beautiful trees mark this beautiful park, which once was the huge Simpson farm and its extended environs. Continued on page 4 No one represents Lilburn better than this City Councilmember. Back in March in a Lilburn City Council meeting, a Certificate of Excel- lence was awarded to Tim Dunn. He’s been a City Councilmember since 2007, currently represents Post 4, and serves as Lilburn’s Mayor Pro Tem. His current term of office is Jan. 2017-Dec. 2021. Presenting the certificate were reps from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the UGA Carl Vinson Insti- tute of Government. These coordinated organizations provide a nationally recog- nized series of training opportunities for city officials. Certificates of Excellence are rigorous, requiring candidates to com- plete a minimum of 120 units of credit: