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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.

don Gabacho August 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Pertinent post from "What would you like to see in Ashford Park" discussion: "don - You may want to be careful talking about taking up arms against any government in this day and age."----Corey Self ["Chairman" for C4DK] Believing I would have to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights is not "talking about taking up arms against any government..." Meanwhile you posted: "We [C4DK] obtained information from the county regarding what their annual spending/revenue was for the parks and provided that to CVI as a baseline." Why would the so-called "citizens group" C4DK provide any information to the Carl Vincent Institute? Moreover, why would the CVI accept the information from C4DK and not get any and all relevent information directly for themselves? The study was billed as "independent." Was it not? What, and how much, other information was supplied to the CVI by the so-called "citizens group" C4DK?
HamBurger August 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Mr. Eric, thank you for pointing out this idiocy. As Rep. Mike Jacob’s point man on the Patch, I trust you had this post approved by Rep. Mike Jacobs before you made your comment? Tell dunwoodyparent you are a lawyer and hopefully they will mind their own business! Special hamburger with Cheerwine?
HamBurger August 22, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Mr. Ali, it is called Skyland Park. Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho August 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
"My only difference is I'm kind of sick of crape myrtles."---Eric There has certainly been more than one person with a lot of crape in their head---opps---on their minds.
Brookhaven Maven August 22, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Again reverting back to the topic of this thread, and in addition to the things I listed above that I'd like to see happen, here is a list of things I DON'T want to happen: 1) NO tree removal of any kind. This community has lost far too many stately old trees to development (i.e., Town $embler and Johnson Ferry East) or to nature. Trees don't get to be stately and old by cutting them down when they are young. 2) NO additional parking. Blackburn is a PARK, not a parking lot. Repair, repave and restripe all you want to maximize the number of slots, but NO new pavement. 3) NO additional sidewalks or other impervious surfaces. 4) NO fireworks displays. Keswick is less than a quarter mile away as the crow flies, and they have plenty of pyrotechnics to go around. In fact, you can see Chamblee's Independence Day fireworks very clearly from the "hill" at Blackburn and not have to deal with the smoke and the mess it makes. 5) NO off-leash dog park at Blackburn. There is no good location within the park that is far enough away from Ashford Dunwoody to be safe for the pups.
Brookhaven Maven August 22, 2012 at 02:23 AM
To Eric @ 6:50p - Okay, here's an idea --- and one that could apply to ALL of the new city parks, and not just to Blackburn. Our community is full of gifted and talented gardeners, as well home to several horticultural professionals and businesses. The City should invite all those people (garden clubs, individuals, businessmen) who are interested to "friend" their closest park and make suggestions for beautifying through plantings. One of the saddest things about all our parks is that they are stretched thin for function or activities, and beautification ranks low. Blackburn functions very well, and serves the needs of several structured activities, but it's not very pretty.
Eric H August 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Don Garbacho?
HamBurger August 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Mr. Eric, next thread over . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Steve Walker August 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
This was a great forward thinking discussion until the likes of Hamburger and Gabacho hijacked it with their crap.
JC August 22, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Who makes the decision to chain and padlock the soccer fields? I've been there twice in the last two weeks with my son and both times the fields were locked. It's a park, supposedly public and paid for by Dekalb citizens. A disgrace that it's closed during the day. Let's not encourage people to actually get out and use the soccer field they pay for!
JC August 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Steve, I think most people that read these comments agree with your regarding the hijackers. Don't get distracted by the kooks. There will always be the fool yelling on the street corner.
don Gabacho August 22, 2012 at 03:20 AM
"Crap"?---Steve Walker "We [C4DK] obtained information from the county regarding what their annual spending/revenue was for the parks and provided that to CVI as a baseline."---Corey Self Why would the so-called "citizens group" C4DK provide any information to the Carl Vincent Institute? Moreover, why would the CVI accept the information from C4DK and not get any and all relevent information directly for themselves? The study was billed as "independent." Was it not? What, and how much, other information was supplied to the CVI by the so-called "citizens group" C4DK?
don Gabacho August 22, 2012 at 03:25 AM
"Don Garbacho?"---Eric I'm not a "lawyer" Eric. Much less "Mike Jacobs' point man."
Brookhaven Maven August 22, 2012 at 03:30 AM
James C @ 11:15p - DeKalb County chains and locks all fields not actively being used for league play, school practices, or under contract to a legal entity (like the YMCA). This has been their standard policy for a decade or more. It has to do with legal liability. If they don't control access, and someone gets hurt on a field, then the County could be held responsible. They require users to provide liability insurance before getting on the "closed" fields at all. Brookhaven City will, in all likelihood, do the same. This is one of the reasons I favor keeping the open play field up by the pavilion at Blackburn a real open play field. No fence means your son is free to kick the ball all over that field without your having to show proof of insurance.
don Gabacho August 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM
"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"---Thom Shepard Nuff said.
JC August 22, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Maybe then remove the fences around the soccer fields so they would be open, as you reference? There is a difference - the soccer fields are flat and have actual soccer goals. How amazing for the community if we could actually just show up and play. Think about it, a public park where people/children could actually play a game. Like you said, you have to pay to play at the Y and it's restricted.
Nontoxic momma August 22, 2012 at 04:53 AM
As a parent with small children I would like to see a children's play area with shade and benches go into the park. I grew up here and now my children will grow up here and our parks are a disgrace. MC pool has not changed or been improved much in 30 years but there is a water park in south Dekalb??? What's up with that? I am so excited that we are now a city & hope that our new governance will bring a lot of good changes. I think we should look at what Roswell & Marietta & sandy springs have done with their parks to make them beautiful and user friendly for children, animals, and people all over. I love the idea of community gardens & maybe a vegetable garden etc. maybe we can even partner with the elementary schools and do a community growing project to teach students about growing their own organic garden & healthy eating. I agree with bathrooms, street crossing, & water fountains. Its not a pretty park and I would love it to be more user friendly, beautiful, and a place to bring your children and pets. I am excited about what is to come for our community. Blackburn is a great place to do community events like screen on the green in the summer time, a fall or spring festival for the whole community, maybe even a local farmers market and cooking demos on Saturday mornings. We have so many talented people in our community and I hope we can tap into those talents to help build our community.
Dr. Jeff August 22, 2012 at 06:38 AM
BM - RE: #4 - to piggyback on your comment about the Blackburn Hill... This could become an inexpensive AND fun gathering spot for a July 4th Brookhaven Extravaganza with firework viewing.
Mike August 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
To start, keep it simple. Repave the partking lots and then keep them clean. Additional lighting and sidwalks along Ashford Dunwoody would be a great upgrade.
Jenn August 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Definitely improvements to the childrens playground. I am nervous to take my nieces and nephews there and often go to Keswick instead as the equipment is nicer and it isn't close to such a busy road. I would recommend moving and expanding the childrens playground - moving it futher off the road, perhaps near the YMCA side of the park (not invading the field over there, but it seems there could be space for a decent size playground as well).
Christy August 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM
My husband and I are new to Brookhaven and very excited to get to know our new neighborhood! We are just moving here from Inman Park. What about some kind of small outdoor amphitheater that could be used for events? Would love to see community events to get together and meet neighbors. Also love the idea of beautifying the park with landscaping improvements.
Eric H August 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Murphey Candler pool is brand new as of around 5 years ago. I forgot just how big the parking spots are at Blackburn and realize we need tree islands without curbs so water can run into them. I agree with Brookhaven Maven no more pavement in the parks. With the large parking lots on donaldson and Ashford Dunwoody plus all the parking on the loop road I don't see how more parking is necessary
Eric H August 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Actually there has only been one active poster doing this stuff recently
Kristen August 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
As a Mom who lives down the street we'd love to see it more friendly for families with kids. A bigger, better playground area (Thrasher Park in Norcross is an awesome example), shade would be perfect with picnic tables/park benches. I love the idea of fountains, MC Pool is disgusting, dirty and not maintained, fountains or splash pad would be great. There used to be screen on the green, not sure what happened to that, a amphitheater would be great too for fun events.
AshfordObserver August 27, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Just basic maintenance. YMCA in the 'other' paper - noted how they got no break on rent - but zero improvements. Sodding the field or even having a 40 by 40 turf field installed ala Sandy Springs would work. high volume use means 15,000 square feet of sod nearly every year - and turf field could be had for about 30,000, or about 2 years of sod with water, maintenance cutting, etc. not talking with goals or similar. just a fake turf field with a backstop. Modest improvement of the sidewalks that are cracking and dangerous.
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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