In this 2016 file photo, Levi Goodson goes after a football while warming up for the Punt Pass and Kick competition at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

This Gwinnett park is getting a $2M synthetic turf field

Another Gwinnett County park is getting a synthetic turf athletic field, a conversion that officials say reduces maintenance needs and improves durability.

The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners approved this week the $2.17 million contract to convert the 85,000-square-foot multi-purpose field at Lawrenceville’s Rhodes Jordan Park. 

Precision Turf, LLC is expected to begin work as soon as the current youth football season is over, officials said, and be completed before next year’s season begins. The project will also include new bleachers and fencing as well as improvements to the plaza and concessions area.

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An “extensive” new drainage system will make the field — which will be marked for use for football, soccer and lacrosse — available even in less-than-ideal weather.

“This $2.17 million contract, funded by the 2017 SPLOST program, allows more use with less upkeep and makes Rhodes Jordan Park a more attractive amenity for residents and businesses looking to locate or expand in Gwinnett,” District 4 Commission John Heard said.

Rhodes Jordan will be among of the last Gwinnett parks to receive a synthetic field. 

Multi-purpose fields at five parks were built with synthetic turf from the get-go, county spokeswoman Heather Sawyer said, and six more have already been converted. Another conversion — this one at Mountain Park Park — will be “ready for use” next weekend, Sawyer said.

After the Rhodes Jordan project is completed, four more fields will still be awaiting conversion.

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