Gwinnett's new Bicentennial Plaza will replace the former Fire Station 15 in Lawrenceville. (via Gwinnett County)

Gwinnett creating new trail, public plaza to commemorate bicentennial

Gwinnett County is building a new trail and park to celebrate its upcoming bicentennial — and demolishing an old fire station in the process. 

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners approved this week a $1.875 million contract for the construction of the so-called “Bicentennial Plaza.” The plaza will take the place of the former Fire Station 15 on South Perry Street in Lawrenceville. 

The county will also upgrade an existing walkway along nearby Constitution Boulevard, creating a connection between the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, the new plaza and the Lawrenceville Lawn. 

The contract was awarded to Surfaces Group LLC. Work is expected to begin next month and be finished by the end of the year, officials said. 

Gwinnett was founded in 1818 and doesn’t turn 200 years old until December. But the county is celebrating all year long in anticipation of the official bicentennial date. 

“This project not only helps commemorate Gwinnett County’s bicentennial with a permanent legacy but it also recognizes Lawrenceville’s role as Gwinnett’s county seat,” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a news release. “We welcome the chance to add the Bicentennial Plaza to the many great things that are happening in the city.”

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