On October 22, the City of Suwanee held the grand opening celebration of the first public orchard and playground in the Southeast: The Orchard at White Street Park. A true celebration of hard work, the grand opening event featured a ribbon-cutting, guided tours, activities for kids and adults, prizes and giveaways, the unveiling of donation plaques, and more.
The Orchard at White Street Park is a fully functional orchard that will be open to the community. Designed to provide families with a fun and engaging space that changes through the seasons, encourages creative and self-guided outdoor play, and grows fresh fruit, the Orchard also includes lawn areas for relaxation and play, a pavilion, winding pathways, and natural children’s play features throughout the one-acre site.
“The orchard was designed to incorporate fruiting plants, winding paths, lawns, and natural play features. It will be a unique and exceptional space for discovery and exploration and offer hands-on learning opportunities with a wide variety of fruiting plants,” said Harvest Farm board member and orchard landscape architect Roger Grant. “The park will be open to the public and people of all ages are encouraged to observe and enjoy the fruits of our labor. It will be maintained using organic pest control methods, meaning the fruit may not all look like what we see at the grocery store, but patrons will get an authentic and safe experience.”