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This summer, Lilburn residents will get a new playground in Lilburn City Park and more parking to serve downtown.In a 2015 citizen survey conducted by the City of Lilburn, more than half of park users expressed a desire for new playground equipment including a toddler area. The renovated playground will include separate areas for younger and older children, brand new equipment, a softer playing surface, and better wheelchair accessibility.The timing of these park improvements coincides with the construction of 55 townhomes and storefronts on the square created by Railroad Avenue, Main Street, First Avenue, and Lula Street. The former city maintenance parking lot on Railroad Avenue, which is currently used for public parking, will be part of this mixed-use project by Old Town Lilburn Partners LLC. The city will build a new parking lot in Lilburn City Park near the playground, at the site of the existing tennis courts.“This townhome development is exciting for Lilburn. More rooftops downtown will attract more shops and restaurants to Main Street,” City Manager Bill Johnsa said. “However, we are losing valuable public parking, which must be replaced immediately to accommodate park users and the busy city event season.”Due to the topography of the area, the mixed-use development's stormwater will run through Lilburn City Park to Camp Creek. This necessary drainage construction opened the door for the city to add parking and replace the playground. Construction work on the private townhome project and the city park renovation is expected to begin in late spring.“While that area of the park is under construction, it makes sense for us to check off an item on our residents’ wish list by replacing the old playground,” Johnsa said.The tennis courts will close May 1. Playground closure will be announced when a construction schedule is finalized. The playground and parking lot construction will be funded by the 2017-2023 SPLOST, the one-cent sales tax approved by voters.Check back for updates on facility closures and construction progress. Follow along with photos on Facebook at @CityofLilburn and @LilburnCityPark.