Rotarians look on as a young man plays the “Grand Canyon” mini-golf hole during the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville’s Par-Tee in the Park at ArtsFest Gwinnett.

July was a busy month for the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville. In conjunction with the City of Lawrenceville’s ArtsFest Gwinnett, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville hosted the first annual Par-Tee in the Park.

This combined organizational fundraiser and community event invited local artists to design and create playable mini-golf holes which were put to good use that Saturday morning. This year’s six hole course was a huge hit with both children and adults. 



190rotaryLeft: Children playing the “Tropical Paradise” mini-golf hole designed and painted by the Art Program at the Hi-Hope Service Center.

Playing the mini-golf was free for everyone. Although, players were encouraged to make a contribution to the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville or “vote” for their favorite hole with a small donation. The fundraising portion of the event raised nearly $2,300. The funds raised will be put to work in the community by supporting the Lawrenceville Co-op, Lawrenceville Elementary, and other local projects.

Two different distinctions were recognized for the artists who created the mini-golf holes. First was a Fan Favorite Award. Through donations in honor of their favorite hole, players selected the winners. Voting ended in a tie, so the Cats of Creative Enterprises (created by the Creative Enterprises Art Program - and the Grand Canyon (created by The Local Sign Man - will share the Fan Favorite Award. Second, the City of Lawrenceville selected two holes to stay on for an extra week so park goers could appreciate them longer. Again, the Grand Canyon (created by The Local Sign Man) was selected as one of the honorees. The second hole retained was the Three Little Pigs (created by the Aurora Theatre - and sponsored by Peach State Federal Credit Union -

Right: Becca Parker, artistic director for Live Arts Theatre, assembles the “Cats of Creative Enterprises” mini-golf hole before ArtsFest Gwinnett.

We look forward to doing this again next year, hopefully with a nine hole course. Anyone who’s interested in participating in next year’s event should contact us using the form on the website