One of the 41 goats that munched away vegetation on the land that became Pinnacle Park. (Contributed photo)

Gwinnett park built with help of goats now open to the public

A park partially made possible by a herd of goats has opened in Norcross.

Pinnacle Park, which broke ground in April 2018, officially opened Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The park near Pinnacle Center Business Park and Brook Hollow Parkway is centered around a lake that used to function as a stormwater retention facility.

The park features multiple amenities for visitors. There is a playground for kids; walking trails and a fitness circuit course for those looking to get their blood moving; and a grand pavilion, picnic pavilions and grills for events. Traditional amenities like parking and restrooms are also available.

“We are incredibly committed to providing more opportunities for our community to get outside and play, and we look forward to seeing the residents around Brook Hollow out and about enjoying the new space,” Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said in a press release.

The 12-acre park cost $2 million to complete, and was funded through SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax).

In the early stages of creating the park, the city of Norcross rented a herd of 41 goats to munch away at the vegetation on the land that has become Pinnacle Park. The goats worked on the land in phases for five weeks and were protected and contained by two sheepdogs and a fence.

The city said the goats were chosen over other methods of clearing the land for environmental reasons.

The goats were rented from Get Your Goat, a company that’s also helped clear weeds and overgrowth at sites including Roswell’s Old Mill Park, the Atlanta Beltline and the PATH400 Greenway Trail. The company was also featured in a Head & Shoulders shampoo commercial that aired during the Super Bowl in February.

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