I’d just completed a run at my favorite spot, Bethesda Park on a weekday morning. In order to avoid traffic which was backed up I stayed on Bethesda Church road until it turned into Bethesda School Rd and lucky me, another park was in sight, Sweetwater Park. Having the day off and no schedule to follow I pulled into the lot to check it out.
Sweetwater Park is a small but well maintained park in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Features include a playground, pavilion, tennis courts, half-court basketball, and sand volleyball lot, something I’ve not seen at other Gwinnett Parks thus far. Having arrive around 10:00 am there were not a lot of people around including one staff guy on hand to clean up after a holiday weekend.
The trail was easily accessible, .75 miles long and not hilly. However, coming up on the volleyball side is an incline that will leave you slightly winded once you actually reach the sand. Beginning at the park entrance and going right, the trail is shaded for the better part of .5 miles, which is a nice reprieve when needed.
Since the initial visit I’ve run at Sweetwater twice. The first time around 7:00 am which was really nice. There were only walkers and runners there and the .75 mile loop is perfect for a 3 mile run, four times around and you’re done. The Pavilion area is a nice for your cool-down, stretch, meditation and for watching personal trainers put clients through their paces. I went back a few weeks later around 7:00 pm and it was CROWDED. Walkers, runners, bikers, skaters, dogs and all of the courts including the sandlot volleyball were full, there was a girls basketball team doing drills and a boxing class at the pavilion. To top all that off, it was STILL 88 degrees.
For runners and walkers Sweetwater Park is perfect for short distances, in the morning. For families and other sport enthusiasts the evenings are on and poppin!
For more information on Sweetwater Park and others, go to the Gwinnett County Parks website. Hope to see you on the trail!