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.

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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