Sugar Hill GUIDE TO
n Sugar Hill, life is just a little sweeter. Exceptional parks, a top-notch school system, a full calendar of events, and walkable amenities are just a few of the unique experiences that friends and neighbors share in our community. Located in our growing downtown, the award-winning E Center boasts unique dining and entertainment experiences as well as a home for new businesses and an active community gym. Our unmatched commitment to community and economic development is focused on the people that make our city strong. It’s no surprise that we’re rapidly becoming the standard for the best place to live, work, and play in the metro Atlanta area. We invite you to get a taste of the “sweet life” for yourself!
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FROM THE MAYOR
On behalf of the “sweet city,” I am honored to share the Guide to Sugar Hill with you. This look at the growth and change that has taken place since our founding in 1939 illustrates our vision for a vibrant, connected community as we look toward our future. What began as the “hill where the sugar spilled” has blossomed into a thriving community complete with an outdoor amphitheater, active downtown, and rapidly growing business environment. But don’t let these big changes fool you into thinking that we aren’t still a united community. We may not have the longest history, but we do possess a strong sense of who we are: a tight-knit city that has something to offer everyone. Welcome to Sugar Hill!
Growing From Our Roots
The E Center
10 The Eagle Theatre 11
The Bowl At Sugar Hill
12 Community Through Art 13 Our History 14 SHINE District 16 Dining & Shopping 18 Parks 19 Greenway & Golf Course 20 Gym & Fitness Classes 21 Business Support 22 Our Community
Mayor Steve Edwards
23 Community Groups 24 Connect
GROWING FROM OUR ROOTS How did Sugar Hill get such a sweet name? The story that’s been told for generations describes a traveling wagon that lost a wheel on a hill in our city, spilling sugar across one of the highest points in Gwinnett County. Tales of the ground being covered in white sugar spread and the area came to be known as “the hill where the sugar spilled.” As our community grew, the name was shortened to “The Sugar Hill” and then, simply “Sugar Hill” when we were incorporated as a city on March 24, 1939. Sugar Hill honors the history of our name through the official city logo, the Sugar Maple tree. Leaves on the logo are made up of colorful handprints representing the diverse residents that make our city so sweet. Like the tree, our roots run deep and wide with a strong history of community champions as well as moonshiners on the nearby Chattahoochee River and goldminers near our present-day downtown. The Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society diligently works to preserve this shared community history much like the bark on the Sugar Maple protects the heart of the tree, allowing it to build on old growth and withstand new challenges and changes. As we write the next chapter of Sugar Hill’s history together, we invite you to add your voice and lend a hand. Follow us!
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Seasonal Celebration SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT THE BOWL Mark your calendar for musical memories this summer! The annual concert series at The Bowl brings world-famous acts to Sugar Hill. Full concert information at www.thebowlatsugarhill.com
SPLASH NIGHTS Beat the heat at the Sugar Hill Splash Park with music, inflatables, and other fun throughout the summer.
Join us every week for $2 movies at The Eagle Theatre (pg. 10).
SPARKS IN THE PARK Held on July 3rd each year, our annual Independence Day celebration brings together the best of fireworks, food, family, and friends at E.E. Robinson Park.
SUGAR RUSH This artfully festive fall event celebrates artists of all types through music, history, food, vendors, and family fun!
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Join us the first weekend of December as we welcome the holidays with our community tree lighting, ice skating, a holiday market, and photos with Santa. There may even be some snow!
SPLASH PARK WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Free admission Open late spring to early fall 10:00am to 8:00pm Wheelchair Accessible Free Parking Splash Park closed on summer evenings with an event scheduled at The Bowl (pg 11) 6
Cool off and splash around at the Sugar Hill Splash Park! The exciting water feature offers fun for children of all ages and is open seasonally from late spring to early fall. Located directly behind City Hall, the Splash Park offers family-friendly fun with dancing water fountains and lights. Just a 5-minute walk from local restaurants, you have the options to grab a bite to-go, enjoy your own treats at shaded picnic tables or soak up the sun on the plaza surrounding the fountain. Grab your sunscreen, put on your swimsuit and come down to The Splash Park for some wet and wild fun!
Sugar Hill may be a long way from New York City, but we have just as much ice as Rockefeller Center! Our rink is the largest outdoor, covered, realice rink in the Southeast and offers fun from October to February each year. Located directly behind City Hall, The Ice Rink at Sugar Hill is the perfect place to slide into the winter season and enjoy open skating hours, special events, or private lessons. The Ice Rink at Sugar Hill also offers complimentary use of skate trainers and helmets for kids. The skating experience wouldnâ€™t be complete without music, disco balls, and stage lighting. Lace up your skates this winter and glide to The Rink at Sugar Hill.
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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Tickets for Purchase Open from Fall to Spring Fun for the whole family Free Parking 7
THE E CENTER Sugar Hill is a city built by engaged community champions. As our small town has grown and changed over the years, conversations with friends and neighbors demonstrated a clear need for places to build community, gather for shared experiences, and spend time together in a place that is our own. The E Center on West Broad Street represents this vision of a destination downtown focused on the arts and entertainment with the charm and community connections of a small town. Offering shops and restaurants along a public promenade with gas lanterns, public art, and cascading waterfalls, the E Center provides the perfect place to establish strong community bonds.
â€œThe name for the E Center was carefully selected to capture what we all believe makes for a vibrant downtown: a place where you can feel excitement and energy, eat and be entertained, and engage with your friends and family ... the center of everything.â€? - Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards
EAGLE THEATRE Located on West Broad Street in the center of downtown Sugar Hill, The Eagle Theatre is impossible to miss. The Art-Deco styling of the impressive marquee continues inside the theatre, paying homage to the City of Sugar Hillâ€™s founding in the early 1900s with golden accents and classic black and white tiling that invites guests to step back in time. The 406-seat performing arts center hosts a full range of programming including nationally touring acts, a $2 movie series, film festivals, plays, holiday performances, and community rentals.
Thereâ€™s always something captivating at The Eagle. www.eagleatsugarhill.com 10
The award-winning Bowl at Sugar Hill offers a concert experience unlike any other. Located in the heart of Sugar Hill, the 1,600-seat venue has hosted world-class artists from all genres including Kool & the Gang, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Michael Bolton, Third Eye Blind, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Commodores, and Trace Adkins. The Bowl is just steps from unique local restaurants and a microbrewery. Come early to grab a bite to eat paired with a specialty cocktail or craft beer before enjoying a concert under the stars at the outdoor amphitheater. With multi-seat tables, premium suites, and single tickets, The Bowl offers a seat with a view for everyone.
OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH ugar Hill is a city for the arts. Stepping into downtown, it’s clear that the creative and clever are celebrated in the sweet city. Murals transform buildings into a canvas for the community’s history, vibrant interactive art pieces pop up from time to time, and visitors can discover pieces gifted by local artists. The Art-o-Mat, a repurposed and reimagined cigarette machine, is a work of art itself. The art vending machine offers unique, collectible art for just $5 and features pieces such as jewelry, watercolors, and miniature paintings from artists across the globe. Championed by the Sugar Hill Arts Commission, the public art gallery in downtown Sugar Hill displays rotating exhibitions of painting, drawing, calligraphy, sculpture, metal working, and other mediums of creative expression. The commission also leads the juried art show at each year’s Sugar Rush festival (pg. 5), creating an artfully festive environment for this annual event that draws thousands of visitors. With a full slate of musical and theatrical performances at The Bowl (pg. 11) and The Eagle Theatre (pg. 10) there are plenty of exciting and unique art experiences to engage with in Sugar Hill.
The sweet city has roots that run deep. Sugar Hill has grown from a small town founded beside the Chattahoochee River to a visionary city centered around big ideas and building a lasting legacy. Since the signing of our charter in 1939, weâ€™ve maintained smalltown values grounded in a deep appreciation for those that laid the foundation of Sugar Hill. The Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society (pg. 23) plays an important role in honoring the past through the Sugar Hill History Museum (found
on West Broad Street) and historical markers placed at key landmarks. The group also supports projects like the Sugar Hill Veterans Memorial. Located on the corner of West Broad and Church Streets, the monument honors the brave men and women of each branch of service with an eternal flame and reflecting pool. Nearby, the Historic Sugar Hill Cemetery memorializes founders of our community. The stories of trail blazers, ancestors, and leaders remind us that in order to move forward, we must honor and learn from the past. 13
In Sugar Hill, We SHINE It is believed that the very sugar that fell down the hill had a specific, but not necessarily innocent, purpose. Stories of moonshining along the Chattahoochee River abound in Sugar Hill history and itâ€™s likely that the sugar headed west before spilling at the top of the hill was on its way to a still by the river. As a nod to this history as well as a highlight of our focus on the arts and entertainment, we affectionately refer to this area as the SHINE District: Sugar Hillâ€™s Intersection of Neighborhoods and Entertainment. Visitors in the SHINE District can enjoy alcoholic beverages purchased from any of our downtown businesses. Just ask the bartender for a SHINE cup and be on your way to exploring downtown Sugar Hill. 14
DINING & SHOP hether you prefer sweet, savory, or somewhere in between, Sugar Hill’s restaurants have something for everyone. Visit Rushing Trading Company downtown for gourmet coffee, biscuits, or a full breakfast or lunch. Central City Tavern offers lunch and dinner, featuring elevated bar food, a creative cocktail list, and plenty of brews. Sugar Hill’s own microbrewery, Indio Brewing, offers unique drafts in a family (and dog!) friendly environment. A full range of porters, sours, IPAs, and ales are served seasonally along with fun events like goat yoga, trivia, and salsa dance classes. Nearby, Knuckies Pizza & Hoagies offers nearly twenty sandwich
variations on fresh-baked bread as well as artisan pizza for lunch and dinner. Down West Broad Street, Home Spun serves up country classics like fried chicken and collard greens. Latin Flavors Café offers authentic South American cuisine including pupusas and the best fresh guacamole you can find. With additional restaurants coming to downtown, Sugar Hill’s food scene offers options for everyone.
Whatever you’re craving, Sugar Hill has you covered.
PPING Searching for the perfect present or a treat for yourself? Sugar Hill’s unique local boutiques have just what you’re looking for. Perazim boutique on West Broad Street offers a full range of gorgeous women’s apparel and tempting trinkets as well as clothing and gifts for little ones. Next door, Southern Grace offers beautiful baubles and home goods alongside floral creations that are sure to be the center of your next gathering. The shop also offers refillable vases and custom designed pieces for special events. West of downtown (just off Suwanee Dam Road), Native Cotton and Mint Julep also offer a range of unique gifts for men and women.
ugar Hill may be a growing city, but we know that places to play are just as important as places to live and work.
Making its debut in 2020, Gold Mine Park on Level Creek Road features ruins of a longdormant gold mine, preserving the history of early Sugar Hill residents who mined in the area of our modern-day downtown. The 9.2-acre park will also serve as a trailhead for the Sugar Hill Greenway. Gary Pirkle Park (located off Suwanee Dam Rd.) offers plenty of space for play and programming, like the rocket launch marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Pirkle Park is home to one of the largest synthetic turf fields in the Southeast, a shaded playground, two miles of paved and lighted walking trails, and the Sugar Hill Community Garden (pg. 23). Also in Sugar Hill, Gwinnett Countyâ€™s E.E. Robinson Park offers space for play and exercise. The north section provides community baseball and softball fields as well as volleyball and pickleball courts. The southern section of the park offers a multi-purpose turf field, splash pad, tennis courts, playground, and walking trails connected to the Sugar Hill Greenway.
Amidst decades of remarkable growth, Sugar Hill remains committed to the preservation of green space and new ways to connect our community. The Sugar Hill Greenway (currently under construction) creates a trail network designed for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, and other non-motorized users. Once completed, the paved pathway will link key places throughout our city including The E Center, parks, and Sugar Hill Elementary.
Since opening more than 25 years ago, the Sugar Hill Golf Club has earned an established reputation as one of the most beautiful and challenging public courses in the North Georgia foothills.
A new park on Hwy. 20 includes plans for additional connected trails and recreation space. With hundreds of acres of preserved and programmed green space, Sugar Hill is proud to offer recreation opportunities for all.
Book your tee time or special event at (770) 271-0519 or email: Proshop@Sugarhillgolf.com
With spectacular golfing vistas, the unique course offers plenty of daily tee times as well as regular tournaments and a club house available for special events.
GYM & FITNESS CLASSES
Sugar Hill’s award-winning E Center offers a variety of spaces for special events, meetings, workshops, and sporting events. An impressive community gym offers courts striped for pickleball, volleyball, and basketball, and an indoor walking track. Members also have access to full locker rooms, weights, treadmills, ellipticals, and other state of the art gym equipment. Memberships are available for residents and non-residents for a small annual fee. The center provides a range of classes including yoga, dance, martial arts, and other health and fitness courses and also hosts free workshops like financial planning. If you’re looking for a location to host a neighborhood meeting, party, or even a wedding reception, Sugar Hill has options! See rental information online. SUGAR HILL E CENTER GYM Questions about a class or signing up for a gym membership? Contact the Recreation Department at 770-831-7413 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GYM HOURS Monday-Friday, 7 am-9 pm Saturday, 7 am-9 pm Sunday, 12 pm-6 pm
BUSINESS SUPPORT In the City of Sugar Hill, we mean business. With a range of opportunities for entrepreneurs to investors, thereâ€™s plenty of room to grow.
In the heart of downtown, the Suite Spot Business Incubator (suitespotatsugarhill.com) offers the perfect space for co-working or an office as well as programming and support from business development partners. Several other locations in downtown and surrounding areas offer opportunities to make dreams of owning your own business a reality. With a growing downtown, new walkable residential options, and a strong community identity, Sugar Hill is the ideal place to start and grow your business. Interested in being part of the progress? Call City Hall at (770)-945-6716 and ask to speak with the Economic Development team. 21
Sugar Hill thrives on strong relationships with local partners. Top notch schools, a flourishing faith community, and diverse civic organizations anchor our city. The newly created Sugar Hill Public Safety Department adds to this robust network of community services. With plenty of opportunities to turn your house, townhouse, or apartment into a home, Sugar Hill is the ideal place to put down roots and grow with us.
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COMMUNITY GROUPS YOUTH AMBASSADORS
In Sugar Hill, we know what it means to live for what you love. Our active community groups offer plenty of opportunity to invest your passion into meaningful projects alongside neighbors and friends. YOUTH
Interested in getting involved? Visit the city website for more information about each group and opportunities to get connected.
Interested in learning more about what makes our city so sweet? We invite you to connect with a community group, grab a bite to eat with friends and neighbors, and get to know your local business owners. Our community is stronger with the voices and ideas of everyone.
LOCAL NUMBERS City Hall
Parks & Recreation
The City of Sugar Hillâ€™s award-winning Natural Gas Utility provides clean, safe, economical, and reliable natural gas to residents and businesses in our community. We are proud to offer the lowest 12-month cost of natural gas in the state. Our staff work around the clock to ensure the quality and dependability of our cityâ€™s natural gas utility and assist customers with energy conservation and cost savings through natural gas use. Learn more by calling Sugar Hill City Hall at (770) 945-6716.
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