Georgian Hills 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.

We wrap up this week by asking your thoughts on Georgian Hills Park. So share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below, or drop us an e-mail. We'll be happy to publish it.

Eddie E. August 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Inadequate staff to keep a crew on the job that would take about 1 day to complete! Of course, I really don't expect more from a new, outsourced, underfunded staff that will be viewed as the private gardeners for Murphey-Candler.
Eric H August 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Yes, I expect the rose bushes to be installed along the lake by the private contractor on December 18th and a daily pruning and watering regime to begin immediately. The city has also secured a private contractor to come to our houses to pick up our coffee grounds daily and to add them to the current and future rose beds. Since it does get very hot in the summer we will also be installing shade awnings to protect the plants from the hot afternoon sun. Surely this will take precedence over any calls for shade devices for children and their playground equipment.
Eddie E. August 24, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Eric, Isn't snark fun!
Eric H August 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
It is.
HamBurger August 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Mr. Eric, is this you? Amazing! Let me share my experiences with you since the vote: I saw a butterfly, a blue bird, and a rainbow. All of that I have seen since the vote. I never saw those things before the city of Brookhaven vote. Brookhaven is a future to behold, regardless of my future tax bill and moat I am building around my property for security, Brookhaven is amazing! Simple things like chirping birds and croaking bullfrogs make it all worth it! Or, was that croaked bullfrogs? Hey! Would you like a special hamburger?
Eric H August 25, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Mr. Hamburger you always have to do me one better. Though interestingly in the past 4 years there have has been a resurgence in the bluebird population in my yard and at the park. Butterflys have always been around the Butterfly bushes. And frogs continue in the pond. With our crazy global warming induced random sun showers there have been more rainbows. If only we could do something about the declining honey bee population. But I won't credit Brookhaven for that, after all its not even in existence yet. but from reading some comments about desired improvements and renderings of fancy city halls I do wonder where the expectations lie. Thankfully Brookhaven has lots of sensible and smart people. I like Kathie Coy's ideas for the parks as well as Brookhaven Maven's ideas.
Brookhaven Maven August 25, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Only two people (Kathie and Eddie ---- Tom doesn't count since he's on the task force and he HAS to comment) out of 48,000 have seen fit to make any serious comments about how to improve Georgian Hills Park!!! What's up with that? Maybe the only people who use this little-known park are the folks who live in that area of Ashford Park. I've visited several times over the years, and I've always been struck by how few people are ever there --- especially since it's quiet and green. People keep ragging on Murphey Candler Park. Folks, most of the improvements you see at MC are the result of the athletic leagues and the MC Friends group going out and raising private donations and using citizen volunteers. If anyone in Ashford Park had received a $50,000 private grant like Murphey Candler has, I'm sure you could have made all the physical improvements you've listed. What I would like to see at this park is a constant on ALL the parks hence reviewed: beautification. Flowers, shrubs, new trees (to start replacing the existing ones that will likely be gone in 50 years) would be a start. The existing benches are in pretty bad shape, and there aren't enough of them. The "creek" cum drainage ditch could actually be very nice with some stone and clearing out the weeds. Press your newly-elected officials HARD for delivering on promises made, and support public-private partnerships. Starting a Georgian Hills Friends group would be a very good thing to do.
HamBurger August 25, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Mr. Eric, I have had a healthy flock of blue birds visiting for about six years now. You know they nest twice and I have to discourage male egos for an extended period of time with auto exterior mirror protection. Regardless, beautiful birds to watch, you do put out boxes for them? You ready for that special hamburger?
Brookhaven Maven August 25, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Regarding the pavilion roof. I drove by Georgian Hills Park one afternoon last week and there were TWO DeKalb County Parks & Recreation vehicles parked there. The driver of one was texting when I walked up to the window to speak with him. The guy in the other truck was having a snack on his tailgate. I asked both these guys, separate from each other, whether they were there to work on the pavilion. No, they didn't know nothing about no pavilion. When I pointed out the roof was 1/3 repaired, they both acted like it was the first time they'd noticed it. BahHumbugger and Eric H and I could go out there with a Skilsaw and a couple of hammers and finish that project in an afternoon. The delay on this is unexcusable.
HamBurger August 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Mr BM, folks are real excited about your new city? The Patch is not the communications medium you thought it was? Regrettably, any or all . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger August 25, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Mr BM, not a problem, just as long as Corey Self gets his hands dirty too! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eric H August 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I'm not aware of Murphey Cander getting a $50,000 private grant. Or are you speaking of the ball fields? They do get attention from the county. Recently securing new concrete driveways. I'm also one of those people who've never been to Georgian Hills. I was thinking when I read this that I do need to visit it.
Brookhaven Maven August 25, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Eric H @ 11:37p - Concrete??? WHO is putting concrete drives in Murphey Candler? Thought that was all floodplain and required permeable surfacing. $50K donation / grant from Northside Hospital to MC Little League several years ago is what paid for renovating their field house and concession stand. Read the sign in front of that building.
Eddie E. August 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Mr. Hamburger. A moat would be nice but easily forded. I'm looking at armor and a couple of 'nests' on either end of the roof. Add an 8' razor wire topped fence and about three mature hungry rotties and I should be ready for brokehaven!
Eddie E. August 25, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Maven, Lets face it, unless you have little kids or a big dog to walk, parks are a side issue. I'm more interested in maintaining green space (especially the last undisturbed, mature segment of climax forest in North Atlanta) and expanding tree canopy wherever possible. Demonstration grade parks may help sell houses (how many are in the business of selling houses and how many are not) but the costs can very quickly outstretch the benefit.
Eddie E. August 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
On another note, the County Commissioner for that area seems to have little concern for any legislation regarding appropriate treatment of floodplain or stream buffer. You don't have to go very far downstream to find the proof.
Brookhaven Maven August 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
EE @ 12:04 & 12:05pm - Agreed. Elaine Boyer screwed the whole county by allowing Marist to decimate the mature trees on the flood plain. I expect lawsuits from Fulton, Sandy Springs and City of Atlanta next time there is an extended rain. Since you are an avowed tree protector, why don't you jump in and make sure the new City of Brookhaven has a more protective tree ordinance that has some teeth? Now is the time to do that, versus after the fact. Not sure how much support you will get, considering the BPCA and LCI groupies are giving support to the annihilation of decades-old BIG trees along Dresden. This brings out yet another reason to vote for Larry Danese for our first mayor. Hope you know he is your elected representative on the Soil and Water Conservation Board, and he is quite knowledgeable and very serious about protecting trees along creek banks, in floodplains, and so forth. He would be a strong proponent of a better and stronger tree ordinance. Please encourage your like-minded friends to consider this when they are making their decision to vote for mayor.
Brookhaven Maven August 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Mr. Darnell - You appear to be going alphabetically with this parks series. Why did you leave out Central Park? - The Maven
Eddie E. August 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Maven, I work with a national environmental group that considered endorsing Mr. Danese, but the vote fell short. Failure to recognize the resources of mature trees is one major reason I have never been a big supporter of the LCI (along with the fact the developers had already settled on what they wanted before it was open to any real public input). I am much more interested in strong specimen tree protection, really strong enforcement of Sage II stormwater runoff rules (for both construction sites and established businesses), building codes that reflect 'best available' technologies that move forward with advances, maximization of alternative energy credits for citizens you know, normal 21st Century Civilization stuff. Of course in the mayor's race, Larry does belong to the party that has brought nothing but deterioration to GA.
Brookhaven Maven August 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
EE @ 7:38pm - Is there any way you can persuade SC or whoever your national environmental group is to jump in and help to tighten up the Brookhaven tree ordinance WHILE it is being written? You could write in more protection for specimen trees than exist in the DeKalb ordinance, which Brookhaven is almost certain to adopt wholesale, if there is no pressure from citizenry and formal groups to improve it. Unlike you, I want to see the entire canopy protected, and not just the specimen trees. As to Danese's party affiliation, I may have misspoke. I don't know that he has ever declared to be a Tea Party candidate, but I do know he has run as both Republican and as a Democrat, as well as a non-partisan candidate. Perhaps he might better be classified as an Independent. Sorry to mislead.
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 03:41 AM
"...a non-partisan candidate. Perhaps he might better be classified as an Independent..."---Brookhaven Maven "Non-partisan" is not Independent. It's not "non-partisan" either.
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM
"Let me share my experiences with you since the vote: I saw a butterfly, a blue bird, and a rainbow."---Hamburger It's more than they're promising rainbows. They're promising the pots of gold under the rainbows too. You'll never see them though.
Eddie E. August 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Maven, Somehow I must have mis-spoke as I am concerned about the entire canopy. Given the heft the 'developer community' and 'real estate sales community' has already gnawed out in our non-existent little burg, I am fearful that protection of specimen trees will end up as the likely end result (but I certainly would prefer a much broader protection for the oxygen generators we all depend on). Otherwise, consider it done. Discussions at multiple levels have already occurred. The endorsement for mayor is a bit tricky, but there are at least two candidates worthy of close scrutiny.
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 04:53 AM
BTW: There is gold at the end of a rainbow. It was a long time ago. I-75 was still brand new and I was driving north on it heading for Lexington in Kentucky. Driving along foothills---in the middle of nowhere---and closing in on mountains visible ahead, for the longest streaches there had been either no other cars on the road or, very occasionaly, no more than two or three others. Yet, after passing a sign that said there was a town named London somewhere off to the right, with the first towering mountain looming ahead on the left, I came upon a huge traffic jam; again, in the middle of nowhere. Cars heading north must have been accumulating for quite some time for there to be so many. Hitting my breaks, I had to adjust to all traffic heading north at barely a snail's pace, while, having seen no traffic going south for some time, I had to think there was a terrible accident somewhere just around and behind the looming mountain on the road which was hugging its base. Then it happened. As we slowly curved the mountain, the atmosphere all around us gradually changed colors. And, then, there it was. We were driving into the end of a brilliant rainbow splashing gold against the mountain side just above us. The air, the trees, the leaves, the boulders, the rocks, the road, the cars, my car, me and everyone else was all gold. Everthing glistening gold. It was no accident.
Brookhaven Maven August 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
don Gasbaggo @ 11:41p - Butt out. - The Maven
don Gabacho August 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
When I was a guide in the jungles of the Yucatan, male spider monkies would do that. When people totally engrossed with the canopy above would approach their territories, the monkies would first try pissing on them from above and then stick their little butts out and shoot turds. The monkies thought they owned the canopy too. Have you ever seen what a Harpy Eagle can do to one of those monkies? You had a potential ally; and the best you could do was shoot a turd. BTW, "Maven" doesn't necessarily mean one who just collects knowlege too.
Kathie " SOC" Coy August 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The job is not being dealt with by Parks and Recs, the work order is with Facilities Management. They are the ones who have the work order now.
Jack of Kings August 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I must admit that I always seem to forget about Georgian Hills as an option if I want to visit a park. It does seem to cater to the very local residents--as it does not offer alot of space for dogs or a pool etc.. It is just a nice park for those in the area to have access to. don Gabacho....file your post above under "Why People Think I Waste People's Time with My Posts" for future reference. (BTW, learn what the plural for monkey is).
don Gabacho August 27, 2012 at 03:59 PM
"...file your post above under "Why People Think I Waste People's Time with My Posts" for future reference."---Phil Why? When it is self-evident that both your posts and directives are a "waste of people's time"? "(BTW, learn what the plural for monkey is)."---Phil Shouldn't that be filed under spelling reminders? As it is, the conversation is about "the canopy" and not either your spelling lessons or directives; despite your being in sore need of faulty pronoun referencing.
Eric H August 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Oh I forgot about that field house renovation. go by and take a look at the concrete driveway, part of it just replaced the asphalt, though there is new non permeable surface now. No trees were removed for it. The County paid for it. And that's a whole different story ------ the decision to do that rather than replace the old playground equipment or fix the eroding shoreline that is.


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