City plans $1.3M expansion of Lawrenceville Lawn, including stage

Lawrenceville approves $253,061 for upgrades to the Lawrenceville Lawn. Courtesy City of Lawrenceville

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Lawrenceville approves $253,061 for upgrades to the Lawrenceville Lawn. Courtesy City of Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville is planning an expansion of its downtown green space to add a permanent performance venue.

The Lawrenceville City Council is reviewing a contract for part of the $1.3 million project at its June 19 work session. The Lawrenceville Lawn will not expand physically, but new amenities will be added, said Lisa Sherman, a city spokeswoman.

The planned expansion includes an outdoor amphitheater with a stage “sized to support a traveling rock & roll show,” according to a letter from a design firm bidding for a contract for part of the project. The Lawrenceville Lawn regularly hosts concerts, outdoor movies and other events — including a Prince tribute band and free outdoor yoga this month.

In addition to the stage, terraces could be added to the southern half of the lawn to allow ticketed seating, VIP seating and table seating for special events. Additional parking is also expected as part of the overall expansion project.

The council is considering a contract for $104,900 from Atlanta firm Stevens & Wilkinson GA which includes the construction of the stage and terraces.

The Lawrenceville Lawn expansion would be the latest in a series of downtown projects centered on making the area a pedestrian-friendly hub for social activity. The $200 million South Lawn mixed-use development project is underway, and the $31 million Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center project broke ground last week.  There are future plans to connect the Georgia Gwinnett College campus to downtown Lawrenceville with a walkable and bikeable green space.

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