Norcross News - May 2019

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth Volume 29, No. 5 • MAY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA 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 8 Old trails through beautiful trees mark this beautiful park, which once was the huge Simpson farm and its extended environs. Continued on page 5 Duluth Designated a Finalist in IMPACT Regional Business Awards Recognized as a leading organization, the City of Duluth, has been designated as a finalist for the IMPACT Regional Busi- ness Awards. Hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber, the program pays tribute to premier organiza- tions in top industries that are driving eco- nomic development and job creation, while enhancing our quality of life. “The City of Duluth is excited to be named a finalist in the hospitality cat- egory this year. Recognition of our work in making Duluth inviting and a desirable place to be is greatly appreciated. There are many more things to come and we are thrilled with the direction we are headed”, said Alisa Williams, Public Information and Marketing Manager. Recipients will be selected in the following sectors: · AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) · Education · Healthcare · Hospitality