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Lynwood Park: Your Suggestions, Please?

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 for Monday, Auug. 27 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.

BrookhavenMusicMinistry August 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Places for dogs, playground castle for kids but not made out of sissified plastic. Make the kids use their imaginations with the old fashioned equipment.
Troy Wile August 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Lynwood Park is a very under utilized Gem in the park system. First keep the current people in place, They know the children and community very well and are very good at what they do especially with the limited recourses they have been given to use over the past years. The park has over 11 acres below it that is not currently used, and is protected under Federal regs - has to be used as a public park can not be sold with out major penlties - possible great place for soccer fields, and or small equestrian park which could generate revenue as chastains Horse park. The Gym is also unbelievable and could be a money maker if some work went into parts of the building - already has a minor league basket ball team playing home games here.
Kristina Wile August 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The Lynwood Park Recreation Center is under utilized as well. Recently I have had the pleasure of working with the Center's Director and the counselors. They have a fantastic Summer Camp and After School Program that is in place that is very kid friendly and its conveniently located in the Lynwood Park neighborhood. As a parent it is nice to be able to have your children in a summer camp program located in your own neighborhood. Their after school program is wonderful, the counselors pick your children up from the bus stop and walk them to the center where there is a library, full size Gym, Game Room, Lunchroom etc. If given the appropriate resources we could have counselors there to assist our children with their homework and other afterschool activities. The individuals that run these programs have our childrens best interests at heart and they know each and every one of the children and their families. I know they are safe and very well taken care of when they are down there. It is important to keep these programs in place not only for the community of Lynwood Park but made available for all Brookhaven residents.
Eric H August 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Is this sizable building used for anything other than a Summer Camp and after school program and basketball league? Are the programs self funded? Can this building be used as city hall space? looks like its the home court for the Atlanta Blaze?
TomMiller August 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I called there last week about trying to get an adult men's flag football game on a Sunday in October. Told to call Dekalb County. My wife called them AND GUESS WHAT? Some lady at the parks department said NO RENTALS AT ALL until the city of brookhaven takes over. Mind you 100% of the guys who would play live in Dekalb. About 10 of us are retired military, and our church on ptree road has insurance to cover the rental agreement. No rentals. At all. They don't want the $ to rent it. What the hell?
Ben Podgor August 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Eric: You mention sizable building. Any idea of actual footage? Hopefully the Governor's commission will gather information. If we copy what Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have used and we find buildings that match that size, then that should be given consideration when we choose city hall space. Ben Podgor
Ben Podgor August 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
To those who fear that if we used park space for our city government that would be a reduction of park area. We can choose another site, that gives us twice as much space and make that into park space, a fair trade. Our enviroment will not suffer no matter where we end up. Ben Podgor
Troy Wile August 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
. If You look at the building it is part of the parks and recreation - if used for anything else it reverts back to the family that donated it to the parks and Rec. - So City Hall would not work - however notice this was for suggestions, not complaining - I think that is why the new city is being created to deal with the under funding ( repairs and such that would make all the Park's actually more viable as assets. I believe that Dekalb has put restraints on uses until it gets clarity from the appointed temporary commisioners. I agree with Tom on "what the hell" - but that is Dekalb not the employees.
Brookhaven Maven August 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Lynwood is a great example of what parks could be in both facilities and programs. DeKalb has mismanaged the property and the programs for years. Just think what it would be like if that weren't so! Lynwood has (Murphey Candler people, are you ready for this?) a recreation center with a full gymnasium (Home of the Atlanta Blaze!), 2 tennis courts, 4 outside basketball courts, a kickball field (that is rented out to a kickball league -- for more info see http://www.gokickball.com/atlanta/) which could double as a soccer and/or football field, a really nice pool with cabana and lots of parking, 2 HUGE pavilions, a playground with well-maintained equipment, lots of shade trees, a sand box for the little kids, a $35,000 NEOS wall --- http://playworldsystems.com/products/wall), real grass, and a butterfly garden!!! There is even an open play field on the lower level, with lots of parking. As several of the folks have mentioned above, the programming at Lynwood Park is outstanding. They have had excellent programs there for YEARS ... long before the recent gentrification of the Lynwood neighborhood. The fact that it is protected under the rules of its formation is the best part of all. Improvements? More water fountains. Better maintenance of the grounds and the building. Landscaping --- especially trees between the kickball field and the street. The stairs leading from the upper parking to the pool are a little rough.
CarolB August 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Dog Park please!!!!
Troy Wile August 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM
we have a dog park at the corner of osborne and peachtree. it works out well and woul be very we recepted in lynwood
Troy Wile August 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I know this sounds crazy but there is a new craze out there to put a double 0 entry pool for dogs to swim or wade in. The parks in california do charge $3-$4 per dog to use the pool but it is slammed and the pups love it. The center goes to 3ft then heads to 0 on each end like a beach. They average over 100 dogs per day at the pool - and have community events - contest - shows that raise money for the maintenance - fun for every one -
Troy Wile August 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM
did You call Lynwood Park or Dekalb county
Troy Wile August 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
reverts back to the family that donated the park if not used as a public park that is a deed restriction and the family is still around to honor it. The additional lower level north of the park not connected is green space for the park system and has a penalty of over$1m per acre not used as park /green space paid to the federal government- due to that land being bought with federal Greenspace inititive
Ben Podgor August 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The Dunwoody Municipal court reported that for 2010 it collected over a Million Dollars in fines and 17,000 hours of community service. If our Municipal court gets a lot of community service hours, it will be easy to keep our parks clean. Ben Podgor

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