While the swimming pool readies for opening this Saturday with expanded hours of operation, a group of homeowners continue to push for renovations to the facility.
"All we're trying to do is generate enough interest both in the community and among county officials that Briarwood Park is a diamond in the rough," said Drew Valley resident Robert Turner. "And we just want to eliminate the 'rough.' This could be a really neat place."
Turner, along with homeowners in Brookhaven Fields and Ashford Park, has been meeting and holding discussions with DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis' office; District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader; and the DeKalb Parks Recreation Department about renovating and revitalizing the facility.
"We did meet with CEO Ellis on May 5 to discuss some ideas," Turner said. "But we don't really have a clear direction at this point. All we know is that this park could really become something that benefits the community."
One of the ideas that has been proposed is a public/private partnership similar to the Garden Hills Recreation Center and pool in Buckhead.
"Garden Hills is a public/private model where the community entered into a long term lease with Atlanta's parks department for managing the facility," Turner said.
Supporters of a Briarwood Rec Center renovation have also created a Facebook page outlining other ideas that have been discussed.
Last year, as DeKalb County struggled with budget cuts. The facility was later spared from the chopping block.
Briarwood Rec Center's new pool hours are:
- Monday: 12pm to 6 pm
- Tuesday: closed for maintenance
- Wednesday: 12pm to 6 pm
- Thursday: expanded hours 12pm to 8:30 pm
- Friday: 12pm to 6pm
- Saturday: expanded hours 12pm to 8:30 pm
- Sunday: expanded hours 1pm to 8:30 pm