The Lawrenceville City Council voted unanimously to approve renaming Collins Hill Extension to “Grizzly Parkway” to recognize the city’s connection to the Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) campus. The name of the road will officially change on the City Plat. Collins Hill Extension is the section of the road between Tanner Street and Hurricane Shoals Road. This 2.2-mile mobility connection was formerly referred to as the College Corridor.
“Grizzly Parkway” was selected by Dr. Jann Joseph, President of Georgia Gwinnett College. During the council presentation by Jim Wright, City Engineer, Councilman Glenn Martin stated, “We are proud of our association (with Georgia Gwinnett College), and it would be my privilege to put forward the consideration of that name.”
The City of Lawrenceville and Georgia Gwinnett College have worked to build a strong relationship since its 2006 opening as the first four-year college founded in more than 100 years and the first four-year public college created in the U.S. in the 21st century. Georgia Gwinnett College is a member of the University System of Georgia. The City of Lawrenceville is a strong supporter of GGC Athletics. Nicknamed “The Grizzlies,” the GGC mascot is used for athletics and other campus purposes.
“The Georgia Gwinnett College community is extremely pleased about the naming of ‘Grizzly Parkway’ for the road that connects our campus to downtown Lawrenceville,” said Dr. Jann Joseph, President of Georgia Gwinnett College. “Grizzly Parkway strengthens the very important relationship we have with our wonderful home city. It serves as an open invitation for intentional lifestyles within our community and engagement between the college and downtown. Grizzly Parkway currently features bike lanes, sidewalks, pop-out parks, and multiuse trails all along the way with much more to come in the future.”
Signs indicating the new road name will be placed shortly. For additional information about the City of Lawrenceville and Georgia Gwinnett College, visit their websites and follow each on social media.