Parks Series, Day Eight: Skyland Park

A Patch series asking you, what would you like to see in our city's 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?

For the past seven working days (Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-29), Patch has been 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 final park for your consideration 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.

L.Ford August 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Complete the soccer area restorations.
Chris Horner August 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Ben Podgor August 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Am not familiar with the park. But I know that it is important that all parks be kept clean. Based on Dunwoody report that their Municipal Court brought in over a million dollars in fines and 17,000 hours of community service in the year 2010, it would appear that our Municipal Court may provide us with a good crew to clean our parks. Ben Podgor
Eric H August 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I hope I'm not offending anyone but I find that sign to be very unattractive.
AshfordObserver August 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I run by this area a lot. Another park that is just a shame of a place. Disrepair, branches down all over the place. Parks in brookhaven are prime poster material for Dekalb County - "We don't give 2 sh*ts about North Dekalb"
Brookhaven Maven August 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Not many posters here. That reflects the low level of usage that I've observed at Skyland Park over the years. Skyland Park is SCARY! And it's DIRTY! The open area at Skyland is okay --- fairly well maintained tennis courts and play area equipment. It's when you go back up into the "Nature Trail" that runs through the woods between the park and the Georgia Human Resources building that it gets downright trashy. This is the only DeKalb County park that I've visited that actually has gang signs and graffiti spraypainted on the TREES!! It's hard enough to get that crap off a concrete wall, but you can't safely powerwash or chemically treat a tree, so it remains until nature takes its course. The amount of trash, including beer cans and wine bottles, up in the woods is just amazing. There are either people using it for illicit activities on a regular basis, or else the county workers are afraid to go up in the woods and clean it all up. Another issue I've encountered is even though the main entryway into Skyland Park is pretty well marked, the back entry (from GADHR) is not. Also, there is no dividing fence between the two. Consequently, you can't really tell when you are in the park or when you are on the Vital Records building's land. Another issue is there is not any decent lighting at this park --- not even along the street or in the parking lot. Very scary.
Brookhaven Maven August 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Suggestions for Skyland Park include the following: 1) Better signage front and back. 2) Lights. 3) Regular security patrols in the wooded area day and night. 4) Regular trash clean-up, especially along the trails. 5) Clearly-marked park boundaries. 6) Water. 7) Upgrade the play equipment. 8) Landscaping --- especially flowering plants. 9) Any gang member caught / convicted of vandalising the park should be sentenced to 20 hours a week cleaning up the park --- in addition to jail time. 10) If the strip "park" along the drainage ditch across the street is part of Skyland Park, it should be so marked. That area is very nicely kept. Homeowners? 11) The city should host a couple of community events at this park to encourage the neighbors to come out and get involved. An idea: hold a "social" where any kid who picks up a grocery bag full of trash and turns it in gets a hot dog and an ice cream cone. 12) The grassy area closest to the street would be a perfect place for a butterfly garden like the one at Lynwood and like there used to be at Murphey Candler. 13) Like all our other parks with wooded areas, Skyland is overrun with kudzu, privet, poison ivy, elaeagnus, english ivy and all kinds of other invasive plant species. Like all our other parks, this one needs to have all this stuff removed, and native plants should be installed.
Brookhaven Maven August 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
By soccer area, do you guys mean the softball / baseball field? Is that supposed to be a soccer field??
JE Austin August 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Poison oak or poison ivy has been a problem there for many years. I love Brookhaven Maven's # 9 suggestion. Possible security cameras on premises with forewarnings posted for such.
Brookhaven Maven August 30, 2012 at 02:21 AM
To JEA @ 9:24p - I've been active in several DK parks for a couple of decades, and poison oak / ivy have been a constant problem in ALL the parks with woods. I have volunteered at countless parks over the years to try to get rid of this stuff, but it still survives. The bad thing is that when it gets really big, birds and other animals love to use it for protective cover. They seem to be immune to its deleterious effects. There used to be "ropes" of poison ivy vines on some of the the big oak trees at Blackburn. They were as large around as my forearm, and I'm not a little guy. It took us YEARS of whacking that stuff down with hatchets and axes, pulling it out by the roots, applying Round-Up, and everything else we could think of, but we finally got it eradicated in the open areas. It's still really bad back in the woods along the creek.
Rob Turner August 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
My children used to call this ark the "dinosaur park" for the large plastic dinosaur they had at the playground. That dinosaur "disappeared" and has not been seen again. I would bike them to this park rather than Briarwood (though much closer) due to the poor state of Briarwood. I still run by here, but haven't taken my children here in years. As another poster said, the state of disrepair of the parks in Brookhaven is "actions speaking louder than words" on DeKalb's commitment to our community. I am expecting - and will hold politicians accountable - a change with city of Brookhaven.
Stuart August 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I live off Drew Valley, within convenient walking distance of this park. I see it used quite frequently by tenants of the Bryton Hill Apt. complex. The only problem that I see with it is that it's always grungy looking (trash, weeds, ivy, graffiti) and agree that it could definitely use a good cleaning. Also I know that there are NO lights over there on the field or the tennis courts. My wife and I always talk about how we'd like to play tennis over there after we get home from work and eat dinner or even take the dogs to the park but there is no lighting at dusk/night to make us feel safe there. Also there is really not adequate parking!
John McCay September 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Maven, In re: to #10, yes the homeowners take care of the little strip along the drainage ditch.


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