Gwinnett’s oldest gym will get renovation

Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 20, agreed to use 2014 SPLOST funds to pay for a $1.68 million contract with low bidder Kevin Price General Contractors Inc. for renovation of the oldest gymnasium in the county.

The Best Friend Park gym, built in the mid-1970s, will receive a new roof, wood flooring and ceilings, along with renovated office space, locker rooms, restrooms and entry, as well as improved drainage, landscaping and handicapped parking.

The 43-acre Best Friend Park, at 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross, also has outdoor pools, 17 lighted tennis courts, indoor badminton courts, outdoor basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, a pavilion and grill, a playground and a three-quarter mile paved, multipurpose trail. Gwinnett recreation staff offers summer day camps, year-round basketball play, general recreation and facility rentals at the park.