Brookhaven Park: What Would You Like To See?

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.

For Thursday, Aug. 23, we're asking your opinion on . So share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below, or drop us an e-mail. We'll be happy to publish it.

Sandra Wagner August 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I would love to see a separate fenced in dog park for large dogs and small dogs. Walking trails and water features would be nice. Sandy W.
Joan Borchardt August 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The large open fields chould be fenced in and rented out by organized sports leagues (kickball, soccer, volleyball). The playground area could also be fenced in for families. A working bathroom in the covered pavilion would be nice too. The walking trails in the woods and surrounding area near the pavilion should be designated as an off-leash area for the dogs to exercise. Brookhaven desparately needs an off-leash dog park, and over the years, the dog owners have done a great of maintaining this park.
Thomas T Telford August 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
There is a plan in place that once the city can afford it to make this a water park.
Tom Reilly August 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
The current crumbling infrastructure needs to be replaced. More shaded picnic tables would encourage "long term visitors." The creek bed running through the park needs to be cleaned up. The Brookhaven Yes Parks Task Force will be having a meeting this Monday, August 27th, 2012 at the Brairwood Recreation Center to formalize our plans for the Brookhaven Parks.--Tom Reily, Co_Chair
Brookhaven Maven August 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Tom Reilly @ 11:46a - What time is this task force meeting next Monday? Are you guys official? If so, by whose authority? Where will your "formal plans" for the city's parks go? To the governor's commission? To the new elected city officials? Will these "formal plans" be reviewed by the different parks' closest neighbors before they are submitted for any further action?
Tom Reilly August 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
BTW, here is a list of the ten identifiable Brookhaven Parks: Murphey Candler, Blackburn, Lynwoood, Ashford, Georgian Hills, Brookhaven, Skyland, Parkside, Fernwood, and Brairwood.--Tom Reilly
Barb Halaburt August 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Brookhaven Park has soo much potential. It is a hidden (neglected) jewel right in the heart of Brookhaven! I would like to see an established, fenced off-leash dog park. The wooded trials should be refurbished and more walking trails established throughout the park. The playground equipment desperately needs revitalization. Ditto the pavilion. I tend to agree with the poster who said no organized sports areas. The parking is just not sufficient here. Establish Murphy Candler and Blackburn for those uses. These last two are just pipe dreams, but I think this space lends itself to a community garden and the location of the new Brookhaven Library (if Dekalb will just give us the $$ they owe us from the last bond referendum!)
Barb Halaburt August 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Tom: what is the time of the Parks meeting on Monday night?
Corey Self August 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Brookhaven Maven - The Brookhaven Yes task forces are groups of citizens who have expressed interest in helping to plan the services detailed in the city charter that could be run by the city. None of the BY task forces are operating under any authority at this time, and any planning done may or may not be used by the governor's commission once they are appointed or the city council once they are elected. Still, if people are willing to volunteer their time and efforts to try to make the city a better place to live, it would be foolish to sit around and do nothing while we wait for the governor's commission to be appointed. Hopefully, the plans laid by these citizens will be well received by both the governor's commission and the city council. If you'd like to join the parks task force, the meeting is at 7pm at the Briarwood Rec Center. If you'd like to join another task force for city services, visit the BY website and sign up. We can all have a voice in making the city great.
Enuff Govt Already August 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
B-Park and the facility there is used by the county for those with special needs, what are the city's plans for those with special needs reference parks?
Eddie E. August 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Any changes in the Occupational Training Center are NOT under the authority of any municipality.
John McGrew August 23, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Several years ago, there was a committee in place exploring options for this park. I attended at least one of their meetings. Options that were found favorable at the time were moving the play area further forward and a dog park. The basketball hoops were to be moved towards Peachtree because of noise. There has long been talk of making this the new library location, which would mix well with a family-oriented park.
Ben Podgor August 23, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Barb: I believe that DeKalb has to give the money from the bond referendum. The question of where to put the library is still open, I attended the last meeting on that. One of the things that is not being given proper consideration is the fact that publications are going digital. Space requirements may change. The city and it's new council will have many interesting problems to consider. Let us keep working on them. Ben Podgor
Ben Podgor August 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Corey Self: I want to thank you for saying what you did, otherwise I would have been compelled to say it. Ben Podgor
GuruLikeDrucker August 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
@TTT Waterpark... too funny. Try skatepark next time. That might actually get your desired reaction.
GuruLikeDrucker August 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Eddie E The building that houses the Occupational Training Center IS owned and controlled by DeKalb county and is therefor under the authority of the municipality. What happens with the property and the OT Center will likely depend greatly on the economic value of the property and what type of lease terms the OT Center is willing to accept after control of that property is passed from DeKalb to the city.
John McGrew August 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
During the last round of discussions about this park, it was believed that the county was interested in moving the Occupational Training Center closer to Decatur. Now that we're a city, I'd be surprised if they weren't now even more motivated to do just that.
JE Austin August 23, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Is there a mental health facility/ed.facility of same type on or adjacent to this property? Haven't been there is years and years. Seems I recall seeing some type of service buses entering this area. What was in the building there at one time? I think I read where someone said bldg. is now vacant.
"E Pluribus Unum" August 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM
As expressed earlier, nothing for any organized sports and teams. Keep this strictly a "community friendly" park..a play areas, open space, walking path(s), dog park, well maintained, and just a fun place to be for all families and ages.
Brookhaven Maven August 24, 2012 at 01:23 AM
The first thing I'd like to see done at Brookhaven Park is to remove that nasty, ugly fence that runs along Peachtree. How uninviting! If you added some razor wire to the top, it would look like a prison yard. There is nothing about that fence that conforms to the LCI streetscape vision for a walkable, accessible Brookhaven. The second thing that should be done is to repave the existing parking area. Don't need any new parking, because, believe it or not, Osborne Road is zoned for street parking along the park side of the road. I agree with the folks who have said this would be an ideal (and central) location for an off-leash dog park. I see dozens and dozens of folks walking their dogs here on a daily basis. I also agree that there should be no organized athletics at this park, with the possible exception of basketball. There is, after all, a gym in this rec center. ((In the forum about location of the main municipal offices, several folks nominated this building. It truly is not conducive to that purpose.)) I'd really like to see a nice fountain or two, some statuary, a few "nooks" with benches where one could read or contemplate life. A good landscape architect could do wonders in creating outdoor "rooms" from plants for those kinds of activites. Regarding the Training Center operated by the Community Service Board inside the rec center, that contract is with the County. Once the property is transferred to the City, the City should ask them to relocate.
Brookhaven Maven August 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
To Tom Reilly @ 12:07pm - You missed Central Park at Brookleigh, didn't you? That belongs to the County.
Jack of Kings September 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
There is a convenient map of all the Brookhaven parks at: http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/09/05/brookhaven-volunteers-taking-hard-look-at-parks/ Hope this helps.
Brookhaven Maven September 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
To Phil @ 10:57p -- That map doesn't include Central Park, either. There are actually 12 parks inside the footprint. Tom Reilly missed Central and Clack's Corner. Someone else had already mentioned Clack's Corner, so I thought Central should be included, as well, since it is larger by quite a bit. I'm not surprised the volunteer "task force" missed it, also. -- The Maven
Jack of Kings September 13, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Where exactly is Central Park, Maven?
Brookhaven Maven September 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
To Phil @ 11:11p -- Central Park at Brookleigh is in the old Johnson Ferry East redevelopment owned by the Housing Authority of DeKalb County. It is between Blair Circle and Durden Drive. You can see it here: http://www.brookleighatlanta.com/img/MasterPlan.pdf DeKalb County swapped some land adjacent to Blackburn Park for this land to allow the HADC and the developers to fulfill their plan. The County acquired that parcel of land and gave up the land adjacent to Blackburn. The County actually owns the land the park is on, so that will transfer to the city. The Housing Authority and developers assumed the responsibility to build out / plant out the park and maintain it, although they haven't done such a great job of it, yet. The developers made a commitment recently to replant 100 trees in the park to replace the several dozen which have died due to not having been watered in the last couple of years. You can see where they have planted those trees by using the satellite view of google maps. -- The Maven
Jack of Kings October 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
There sure has been alot of wood chips dumped at Brookhaven Park in the past few weeks. A bit of a metaphor to the County's dedication to park maintenance. But welcome, all the same. I was a bit surprised to see saplings that have been planted where alot of undergrowth has been cleared near the back of the park near the covered bridge. They are all tulip poplars and they are planted too close together. I do not know if it was volunteers or the County did that planting, but it woul dseem that there might have been more forethought in not planting the same species of trees. Why not a mix of different trees that grow at different speeds and different heights? Why not some Holly trees that have a limited height to fill in UNDER the very tall poplars? River birches for the interesting look of the bark? Maples to get the great fall colors? Any thoughts?
Cuckoo Catchoo October 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Never enough for you huh Phil.
Jack of Kings October 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thanks for your incisive comment, Cuckoo. At least you are not posting anonymously.
Grieg Ericsson October 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'll meet you at the park if you would like to help spread the chips around. But please don't bring that terrible attitude. We can be friends and work for our parks.
Grieg Ericsson October 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
So I hear the parks committee may have some new discoveries to contend with. Great work BrookhavenYes and JMax Davis. How the hell can you overlook a park? When you care so much about them pray tell. Fools.


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