Around North Georgia

Gary Pirkle Park

UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography.  Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today.  I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts!   – Lauren


Lately I’ve been scoping out new locations for portraits.  Well, perhaps “scoping” is too strong a word.  Thinking about new locations is more accurate.  It’s been so cold that we haven’t gone outside much.  But yesterday it reached the big 5-0, so I took the babe to check out the new park in Sugar Hill:  Gary Pirkle Park.

Gary Pirkle Park, Sugar Hill

Since I had my kiddo with me, I didn’t get to visit some of the great portrait sites it seems to have, but we did have a wonderful time playing around.  Sugar Hill has even created a site with before and after images of areas all around the park.  (I can’t wait to go see the covered bridge and the activity barn!)

Parks near Suwanee
The Little Kid Equipment

I almost don’t want to tell you how great this park is so that I can keep it a secret and keep the crowds away.  The park opened March 2010, so everything is still new!  The bridges are beautiful, the trails are nice, the soccer fields are awesome, and the playground equipment is just a whole new world.

What has happened to playground equipment since I was a kid?  They have the coolest stuff now!  Stationary bikes you can race with your friends on.  Spinning poles with a seat that makes you feel like you are on a tilt-the-world.  A standing see-saw.  Spinning monkey bars.  I wanted to play!

Parks near Buford
The Big Kid Equipment

Like Sims Lake Park (another favorite park for us to visit), Gary Pirkle Park has a big kid playset and a little kid playset.  They also have swings, a jungle gym, and lots of benches. And when summer comes, the playground will be kept cool by the pavilion and all the solar powered fans installed in the ceiling!

We also got to check out the synthetic turf soccer field and the natural grass soccer field.    There wasn’t a soul on the natural field (thank you January!), so my kiddo was able to run to her heart’s content.  She finally came up to me and said “I’m tiwed.  Can I swide one more time and go home? ”

Gwinnett County Parks
Solar Powered Fans!

And really, can you ask for more from a visit to the park?  Total exhaustion is certainly a plus.

For all my local clients around Buford, Gary Pirkle Park is a great place to let your kids be wild and free.

Gary Pirkle Park
6195 Austin Garner Road
Sugar Hill, GA 30518

Park hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm

*Check back soon for a new “locations” page here at the blog where I will
list several options for portrait locations around town.*

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