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Briarwood Pool Set To Open While Renovation Talks Continue

The pool is also featuring expanded hours over the summer.


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
anon May 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM
While it is nice they extended the hours slightly it is ridiculous that the pool doesn't open until noon. Parents want kids to be in the pool in the morning, when the sun isn't at its strongest. A better question may be what will the city of Brookhaven do if it happens? How will they revitalize the pool? Their answer may help sway some voters.
Gaye Stathis May 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Here is yet another reason to think hard about the option of managing this diamond in the rough as a part of the city of Brookhaven. DeKalb County isn't going to do anything with it unless the residents of that area want to spend their own money on it in addition to the property taxes they already pay.
New Future May 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The parks budget estimated for the new city is triple the amount that Dekalb is using to currently mismanage our parks.

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