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Brookhaven’s Parks are a Haven for our Families

Brookhaven Mayor candidate Sandy Murray blogs about the importance of our parks to the new city and its residents.

We are fortunate to have twelve parks in Brookhaven. Some are large and some small. Some parks are just playing fields, others have green space and playgrounds. They are all economically beneficial to our commercial and retail businesses that are nearby. Local parks drive traffic and increase sales for our small businesses. They also increase the property values of our homes.

There are two recreation centers that we can use for civic and sporting events. Fortunately for our new city, the recreation centers are at two ends of the city so every neighborhood has access to them. Many of us take advantage of the parks. Unfortunately, many of our residents find them inaccessible.

I have a vision of a city of Brookhaven where our neighborhoods are joined together with bicycle trails and sidewalks that make our parks and retail centers more accessible. We especially need sidewalks on some of our busy streets. I have a vision of a Brookhaven where we can walk or ride our bikes to the parks without getting in our cars and battling the heavy traffic on our city streets.

Here are some other things I’d do as Mayor to improve our city parks:

  • I want to make our parks fun and safe for our children to play. That means we need to repair and enhance the playground equipment, add and repair picnic tables and make sure our swimming pools are operational.
  • Provide summer, school vacation and after-school camps for our children.
  • Provide more recreational events and playing fields for our children.
  • Establish a city community gardens program.
  • Reduce pollution in our streams and lakes and make sure that we have proper drainage to reduce flooding.

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Don Green October 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Thr family unfriendly park at the corner of Peachtree and Osborne looks more like a detention center than a park. Mr. Mayor, tear down that fence! There is no entrance to the park on Peachtree, in fact the only entrance is through the vehicle entrance off of Osbourne.
Grieg Ericsson October 09, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Don there cant be a curb cut on Peachtree. It's illegal.
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Who is 'mr. mayor'?
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Russell, One of the mayoral candidates keeps spouting the 'virtues' of privatization. Lets forget about any 'contracts' until Citizens have an opportunity to vet and forget such a notion. I'm just glad the parks have sufficient lead time to put that stupid idea to bed.
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Russell, There is no 'sham' (unless you can call a century old, fully vetted, IRS compliant process a sham in the face of the 16 month, uninformed Brokehaven fiasco with a straight face). If you would read up on the rules www.clubhouse.sierraclub.org., you would see just how childish and stupid your accusations really are. Did you think you could strong-arm yourself into a leadership position among intelligent people whether they are environmentalists or not?
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Grieg, I'm not sure on that one. He,she,it seems to suffer from severe delusions of grandeur and is quick to make a nasty threat. I thought the publisher of the whiner was a better candidate.
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Russell, Just think of how things might be different if there had been a development of public opinion toward an organically grown municipality. But that would not have put you in charge would it?
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Don, You realize the Brookhaven Park also houses a necessary and valuable, special needs resource don't you? It might also be useful to review the restrictions on modification to State Roads that prevent exactly what you are suggesting.
Roger That October 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Don't worry Eddie. I don't think Max can play tennis. No benefits there. Unless you are talking about the two teens that rent out the equipment? Maybe a future job for his little ones? Wow! Devious!
Grieg Ericsson October 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Phil, You're my best buddy. And cool.
Roger That October 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
@ Don G. Plants (trees) can fix that eyesore. Arbor day Foundation will probably give you trees if you turn it into a publicity stunt for them (or Pike's, Lowe's, etc.) and make kids dig the holes. : )
Roger That October 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Yeah, really, Ham. I mean, you wouldn't leave yourself in jeopardy by offering up some real food for thought. Like, other than making your obviously outrageous demands of instant satisfaction, what do YOU want?
Just wondering October 09, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Effie E, is Sandy your endorsed candidate or not (personally and Sierra Club)? You ARE the sham in your process, not the IRS! I just tire of liberals like you who always scream the loudest about transparency, equality, conservationist, etc, yet it should only apply to others. When can we expect Sandy to get that endorsement from Mr Ellis in addition to yours?
TomMiller October 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Hey Burger boy: You fell for the set up hook, line and s(t)inker. That overflowing trash can? Yep. Emptied. by me. Took it to the dumpster myself. Whiny? Did the same at Skyland. By the way burger man, when you see me running at the river (the bald guy in camo under armour shorts) you will see me picking up trash there - rain or shine- hot or cold - every friday afternoon. How about you?
Eric H October 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Personally I would think if the Sierra Club was endorsing based on who was best for the issues they are interested in, it would be Larry Danese. Its perfectly legitimate that they have their priority issues, personally I think the Sierra Club is a great organization. They were spot on in their reasoning for opposing the TSPLOST and suggestions for an improved process. Granted I'm interested in making sure the city starts properly on all issues so no matter who they endorse its not going to change my current intention to vote for J. Max. Granted I've yet to watch a Mayor Candidate forum. I'm assuming Thom Sheppard is not in contention for the endorsement. I agree the privatization would be for maintenance or running the Tennis Center, but the Tennis Center is already privatized, and by privatized its operating, not private access. The City would own the land for all the citizens of DeKalb. Keep in mind in the transfer price at a nominal cost is the requirement that the parks still need to provide equal access to its citizens
Just wondering October 09, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Eric, I agree with you that Larry is probably the most qualified candidate and have stated this in a prior post. That being said, based on what I have heard and read, I think all the candidates support conservationism. My guess is that Sandy will get the endorsement. However, I don't think it will make any difference in this campaign. I just don't agree w Eddie's sham of an endorsement process. He wants transparency from everyone but himself.
Just wondering October 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Effen E, I have taken some time to read the Sierra Club guidelines. Perhaps you shout read section 2-106 regarding personal endorsements. Are you in compliance? Be careful what you ask people to do!!
Just wondering October 09, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Eddie E. I would also recommend a review of section 2-526 given that I presume you were the team leader in the interview process. Oops, is it getting a little hot in the kitchen over there?
Roger That October 09, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Every candidate is pointing a finger at something perceived as a priority. Which one is the math wiz?
HamBurger October 09, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Mr. Tom, taking care of our neighborhoods . . . That is what we old school folks were taught to do . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 09, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Mr. Roger, it really hurts me when you speak “Criticality” of me . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger October 09, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Ms. A Resident, it has been discussed . . . In your neighborhood! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Kestrel Larson October 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Eric, ANother poster on here, I can't remember who, suggested that there are loans and such that use the parks (or the land) as collateral and those loans would have to be satisfied before the parks could be sold. Would this not mean no-one really knows what they will cost yet?
Kestrel Larson October 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Are you really Russell Mitchell?
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Russell, Your ignorance still shines through like a beacon. The only conflict is between your ears.
Eddie E. October 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Russell, Are you an SC member? If not, it explains why you bellow so much about an issue where you know nothing.
Thomas T Telford October 09, 2012 at 11:56 AM
TomMiller: Please come over. My trash is overflowing.
HamBurger October 09, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Mr. Tom, can you handle dumpsters? Special hamburgers are high in protean and known to build strong muscles!
HamBurger October 09, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mr. Phil, continue to ask as much as you like. Continue to embarrass yourself. I am not Jim Eyre. However, you are well aware that Russell Mitchell has been posting on the Patch under several different names and you ignore it. You are not very consistent in your pursuit of candidates posting on the Patch; you are ignoring folks that actually are running for office! With your clear bias it is no surprise that you would be willing to take away the rights of those with beliefs that differ from you and your agendas. Question: If we become a city, is there a political future for Russell Mitchell? “Russell: I get that question often, but I want to make it very clear to the community that you will not see my name on any campaign signs should the city vote pass favorably.” Here is a link to the article where this statement is made: http://tinyurl.com/9frwf3x I guess words don’t mean very much to Mr. Russell. As I have previously noted, he also participates in the conversation in the comments section. After all, he is a Financial Guru. And, as a C$ND Board Member, he ignored Kathie Gannon’s 08-26-2011 letter to C$ND. But, we don’t want to talk about that, right? Lastly, I am a character with transparency! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Don Green October 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM
You have totally missed the point. You don't need a curb cut to put a pedestrian entrance in the fence you dummies! A park is supposed to be an inviting place to visit, this park is not. Hopefully, this will change.

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