Parks Series, Day Three: Briarwood 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.

Our park in question for Wednesday, Aug. 22, 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.

Ray Mariner August 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
A) Let's take great care when cutting/clearing vegetation and preserve as much as possible with an eye on safe and green pathways. B) I think the planned playground at the corner is important with ample parking needed (shade or not). A dog run on the site of the old/current playground would be terrific! C) The improved amenities to the pool suggested above would enhance the neighborhood greatly. D) The Rec Ctr is a sad, tired structure. It could be useful for year-round youth camps/sports/classes with upgrades and improvements. E) I suggest a series of (well publicized) wknd volunteer clean-up & work dates to bring our new city together with a chance for area businesses to offer incentives and re-introduce themselves to the community.
Chris Horner August 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Some great ideas Ray!
JE Austin August 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Not sure if many know this, but 30+ years ago Briarwood Pool was open year round; it had a bubble over the pool in the colder months and the pool and bathhouses were heated. Pool hours were extended until 8:30 p.m. a few nights per week. It would be great to get a swim team started there; perhaps water aerobics as well. Concerning shade: Briarwood has lots of shaded areas and children's play areas can easily be arranged to enjoy that. HOWEVER AT ASHFORD PARK they definitely need to add some of those huge heavy duty mesh tarps over those sandpit and play areas. Dangerous curve on Briarwood Way definitely demands a sidewalk, clearing of the underbrush, and good lighting. Perhaps an events area could be created (some nice furnishings and fireplace, very small but serviceable kitchen area, attractive place for residents to host study groups, social, luncheon, dinner, or party (rental with damage dep. and a resonable rental fee). Add circular outdoor firepit and stone or maybe log circular seating. With so many budget cuts in the school system,field trips may totally disappear soon; if a secured Challenge Course was added all the schools in Brookhaven could use these areas for instruction at minimal expense, allowing many more students to participate )some park staff/some school staff could lead instruction, course always maintained, and bring oodles of exposure of park to kids and their famiies. How about some good events for seniors? Gathering/meetups? Speakers/author events?
Steve Walker August 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Lived in DV for 30 years and have never heard that before. I have had some original home owners in the neighborhood tell me that the Briarwood Pool and Rec center was originally built as a private pool for Drew Valley and was membership based and later taken over by the County.
Anand Thaker August 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I'd love to entertain the idea of a dog park... there are so many of us who have pets and no real good place to set them loose. Briarwood Park is a huge asset to the community especially for Districts 2, 3 and 4. We'd love to have you sign up and continue the conversation on the patch and facebook: http://www.facebook.com/briarwoodparkrevitalizationproject


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