Johns Creek, Georgia is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. In 2017 Johns Creek ranked fourth on the USA TODAY list of "50 best cities to live in.
As you might guess, Johns Creek was named after Johns Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River. In the early 19th century, the Johns Creek area was dotted with trading posts along the Chattahoochee River in what was then Cherokee territory. In the 1820s, the discovery of gold in the foothills of northeast Georgia approximately 45 miles north of today's Johns Creek – led to America's first Gold Rush. In 1981, a group of Georgia Institute of Technology graduates bought 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) of farmland and woods near McGinnis Ferry and Medlock Bridge Roads for a high-tech office park. The new office park was to mirror one built in 1970 in nearby Peachtree Corners, known as Technology Park/Atlanta. Spotting tiny Johns Creek on an old map, they named their mixed-use, master-planned community "Technology Park/Johns Creek". This is the first reference to Johns Creek as a place. The area grew over the years to become the home of 200 companies – many of them Fortune 500 firms – with nearly 11,000 people spread over 6,000,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial space. With the jobs came houses and shopping centers, and the population increased to about 60,000. Eventually the City of Johns Creek was born in 2006.
Among the great things to do in this community is to enjoy the fine arts. Believe or not, Johns Creek has metro Atlanta's only part-time, fully pro symphony orchestra, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. The Johns Creek Arts Center offers classes and camps for aspiring artists in multiple media.
There also are several festivals year-round, such as Founders Week in December in which the community celebrates the city's incorporation with activities and a parade. The Fall Family Festival in September is a community get-together at Newtown Park. Arts on the Creek is a juried art show, and also has musical and stage performers. "The Taste of Johns Creek" is an annual food festival in the fall that features more than 40 local restaurants with proceeds supporting public school extracurricular activities.
There are six golf facilities (five private, one public) in Johns Creek, including the renowned Atlanta Athletic Club, home of the 2011 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Other golf facilities include Country Club of the South, Rivermont Golf and Country Club, River Pines Golf, St. Ives, and The Standard Club.
Love Tennis? Johns Creek is home to thousands of members of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA), one of the largest and oldest organized recreation leagues in the country.
Living in a city that’s bordered by 13.5 miles of the Chattahoochee River has its benefits. If you love to spend your time outdoors, there are lots of spots where paddlers can put in or take out their boats. It has shoals and low-level rapids. It also offers prime trout fishing. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers a replica of a Creek Indian hut, an 1800s historic village, and wildlife in 46 acres (190,000 m2) of woodlands. Biking the 4-mile (6 km) Greenway along Georgia 141 is a popular pastime. The city has plans to develop and connect other pathways to the Greenway, which will tie in with other cities, adding several miles of trails.
The public schools in Johns Creek are part of the Fulton County School System and not funded by the city.
Johns Creek's public schools consistently place among the top in the nation. Chattahoochee High School, River Trail Middle School, Medlock Bridge Elementary and Dolvin Elementary are National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Northview High School has three times won the Governor's Cup for the state's highest SAT scores.
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