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BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation offer state-of-the-art aqua centers and leisure pools. General admission for these pools is $4 for Gwinnett resident and $8 for non-Gwinnett residents.

WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

WEEKEND EVENTS: National Public Gardens Day, kiln opening and Spring Fling

ATHENS, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

To commemorate National Public Gardens Day, sponsored by the Rain Bird and American Public Gardens Association, nationwide gardens are offering free admission with a coupon printout, which can be found here. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located in Athens, is accepting these coupons. The Garden is located about three miles south of the University. The address is 2450 South Milledge Avenue in Athens.

Visit Vines Garden in Loganville on Sunday May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for National Train Day at Vines Garden. This event is being presented by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Engineers will be on hand holding information sessions on trains at the largest railroad in the Southeast.

LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER, Ga. – Go outside and be a kid, again, at the Fort Yargo State Park. The park, which is located between the capitol city and the land-o-Bulldogs, is a popular among city dwellers who want to a getaway.  

This park was built for the outdoor enthusiast. Visitors can take advantage of the parks eighteen mile biking and hiking trails, the 260-acre lake and wooded disc golf course. The lake offers swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating; so there’s something for everyone.

The park also has a campground and three cottages that rent for $130, each. Those who wish to rent a boat may do so for a minimal fee and others can play miniature and dish golf for $4 and under. The facility also is home to two tennis courts.

Upcoming Events: On May 7, the park will host the Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike Race from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Lilburn Community Improvement District Holds Open House Community Meeting

Lilburn Community Improvement District Holds Open House Community Meeting

Lilburn, GA--  (submitted by Lilburn CID)  The Lilburn Community Improvement District will host an Open House Community Meeting for the Highway 29 Corridor Study.  The Open House will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Providence Christian Academy 4575 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047.  The public is invited.

This Open House will conclude a 6-month study of the Highway 29 Corridor.  The Lilburn CID used $100,000 of SPLOST funds from Gwinnett County for the $120,000 study.  “This Study will give the Lilburn CID and Greater Lilburn a playbook to help us navigate the creation of a Boulevard of Opportunity”, Gerald McDowell, Executive Director.

Valentine's Day is a Time for Marriage or to Renew Vows in Gwinnett

Valentine's Day is a Time for Marriage or to Renew Vows in Gwinnett

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett Courthouse)  Celebrate this Valentine's Day by joining other couples at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Monday, February 14 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the old Justice of the Peace Office (Room 103) where Magistrate Court judges will perform Valentine's Day wedding ceremonies or perform special ceremonies to renew wedding vows.

Couples who are getting married must obtain a valid marriage license prior to February 14 and bring the original marriage license to the ceremony. Contact Probate Court at 770.822.8250 for information on obtaining your marriage license. Couples who are renewing their wedding vows do not need to bring a copy of their wedding license. All services are FREE, and no appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact Chief Magistrate George Hutchinson at 770.822.8081

Want to be a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor? Attend the Gwinnett Parks Job Fair

Want to be a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor? Attend the Gwinnett Parks Job Fair

Gwinnett County, GA--  On Friday, February 4th from 6pm to 9pm, the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is holding a free Aquatics Job Fair.  The Interactive Job Fair will give attendees the opportunity to learn about lifeguarding and instructor opportunities with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

The fair is for both certified and uncertified lifeguards and swim instructors. You are asked to bring your swimsuits for the 45 minute interview process.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.

Where:  Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044, 678-924-6334.

Keep America Beautiful(KAB) Celebrates 11/15 as America Recycles Day!

Atlanta,GA--  More than 2,500* local community-based events will be held November 15 this year across the nation. America Recycles Day activities include collection drives, educational presentations, employee awareness events, displays, tours contests and other recycling awareness activities.

Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. With a national network of nearly 1,000 local affiliates and participating organizations, KAB combines education with hands-on stewardship to address the needs of communities on an intensely local and effective level. www.kab.org