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 Gwinnett Daily Post

Harbins land buy county’s largest (Greenspace)
By Camie Young
Staff Writer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County has acquired its largest greenspace tract so far.
The Harbins area land totals 1,615 acres and cost the county nearly $7,430,000.
Acquiring this land is a great way to start the new year,” County Commission Chairman Wayne Hill said. “This purchase presents a tremendous opportunity to enhance both open space and recreational opportunities in Gwinnett County. Citizens will reap the benefits of this noteworthy land purchase for many years to come.”
Located in the Alcovy River watershed, the property is bounded by the county line to the south, the Alcovy River and Luke Edwards Road to the west and Masters Road to the east.
County Administrator Charlotte Nash said the county staff was very excited about the purchase. “It’s the largest contiguous tract in the county that is not developed,” Nash said. “This is more than double the size of the next largest park (Tribble Mill Park).”
The county will form a steering committee to build a master plan for the park, but Nash said she expects the park will contain mostly passive uses.
The $7.4 million purchase was funded through the 2001 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax.
This purchase more than doubles the county’s greenspace acquisition for 2001.
Approximately 1,360 additional acres were acquired throughout Gwinnett County this year