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What Would You Like To See In Blackburn Park?

A Patch series asking you, what would you like to see in our city's parks.


Brookhaven becomes a city at 12:01 am on Dec. 17
, and one of the responsibilities our new municipality will be undertaking is maintenance of local parks.

A couple of weeks ago, a loyal reader suggested this idea to us: Patch could serve as a source of information for our if we asked residents, what would they like to see in our city parks?

So, for the next eight working days (Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-29), Patch will be running a series of articles asking you: what would you to see in a specific park? Maybe slides or play areas, or more picnic tables, perhaps. What about swings, monkey bars, or baseball fields? Or maybe better lighting or safer parking areas.

Today's topic is . So share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below, or drop us an e-mail. We'll be happy to publish it.

Thom Shepard August 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I have been in contact with Brookhaven Yes and was told I was added to at least one task force which I understand met yesterday. I also requested to be added to the list for all of the task forces. I have yet to be informed about any task force meetings, nor been given the name of any task force leaders contact information. Is anyone else having this same problem? Thom Shepard Thom for Mayor, Brookhaven, Georgia 28 August 2012
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
"I have been in contact with Brookhaven Yes and was told I was added to at least one task force which I understand met yesterday. I also requested to be added to the list for all of the task forces.---Thom Shepard At minimum then, you are lending credence to this quasi-governmental C4ND-morphed-BY to form "Citizens Tasks Forces" preempting citizens from simply organizing, as they have in the past, on their own accord.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
There is also the element of an adult taking control and denying a child from playing because the inclusion conflicts with the adult's idea of how children must play rather than the children's idea of how children can play. Also, an open field, especially in a small park like Ashford Park's, lends itself to serve more than one purpose. For example: with four paper bags and some pebbles holding them down you have either a baseball diamond or two soccer goals. It can even serve from time to time, God-forbid, for what adults may want to do on an open field---too.
Thom Shepard August 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
(statement from 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Thom Shepard) Fantastic discussion. It is really exciting that we are talking about all of these ideas with the possibility we might actually have control over these decisions more locally as soon as December 17th. But only if we choose to make Parks and Recreation one of the initial services removed from DeKalb control and taken over by our new City of Brookhaven. I am hopeful that the support for such will be strong among all of the candidates and I can assure you that as candidate for Mayor, taking over zoning, planning and parks and recreation from the earliest day possible will be one of my highest priorities. I grew up walking and riding my bike to Murphy Candler and Blackburn parks and enjoying all of the woods, as well as a produce and horse farm, around Nancy Creek before they were more heavily developed. So I understand both the passion to have more athletic facilities as well as the passion to conserve and preserve our scenic and natural resources. I look forward to leaning more about your ideas and dreams for the park system of Brookhaven in the next few months. (continued in reply)
Thom Shepard August 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM
((I RETRACT this statement Aug 28, 2012) "I urge all of you that are interested in getting involved to join one of the Citizen Task Forces which is currently being administered by Brookhaven-Yes. info@brookhavenyes.org") ((added Aug 28, 2012) I look forward to the appointment of the Governors Commission and the framework that will provide for all of the candidates to work together in solving our immediate challenges and an open framework to include the public in the discussions.) Thom Shepard Candidate for Mayor, Brookhaven

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