Opened in 2009, Alexander Park in Lawrenceville is spacious area whose main features are an 18-hold disc golf course, a large playground facility and an open pavilion. The park is conveniently location near the intersection of Scenic Hwy (Hwy 124) and Sugarloaf Parkway and is accessed from an entrance on Old Snellville Hwy.
- 91 acres
- 18-hole disc golf course
- horseshoe pit area
- 1.4-mile paved multi-purpose trail
- 1-mile soft surface trail
- large playground
- lakeview piers
- outdoor classrooms
The Park Through Pictures
One of the main attractions for Alexander Park is that is only one of two parks that have an 18-hole disc golf course. There is an organized group of disc golfers that can be found at the Gwinnett Disc Golf Organization website.
A majority of the holes are played in open areas, but a few of them are nestled among a canopy of trees to the south of the park.
A couple of piers stretch into a small lake located near the center of the park.
A large open pavilion is located near the entrance of the park and next to the playground that is used for the occasional community event.
A short 1.4 multi-purpose trail loops around the edge of the park. Most of the trail is in open areas, but a small portion of it snakes through a covering of tall trees.
History of Alexander Park
Alexander Park was opened on June 13, 2009. It is named after the family who owned and farmed the property.
Jane and the late James Alexander had farmed the land since 1949, raising cattle and poultry. She taught in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 25 years and taught Sunday school at Snellville United Methodist Church even longer. James was an agent for the Gwinnett County Extension Service until he retired in 1963.
A yet-to-be-funded Phase II plans to include a dog park area, soccer fields, a teen recreation area and a signature architectural element on the high ground of the park.
Summary of Alexander Park
Alexander Park is what I would consider to be a great park for families with younger children. The only real attractions it has is the playground and the disc golf course. It doesn’t have anything tailored older kids such as a skate park or basketball court. A young family should be able to spend a few hours there by playing on the playground, walking around the park or playing a few rounds of disc golf. The open areas of the park also make it amenable to kite flying as well.
Larger gatherings could also work here since it has a pavilion with a grill for such occasions.
The park is easy to reach since it is at the intersection of two main roads.
The paved trail is nice for a walk around with a dog or perhaps a short jog, but is not something any serious runner should consider. Gwinnett has other parks better suited for those needing longer trails to run on, such as Little Mulberry or the Gwinnett Heritage Center.