Liz Cole and Mack Cain of GreenbergFarrow, the engineering consulting firm working on Brookhaven’s park master plans, made a presentation at the December 15, 2015, Brookhaven City Council Work Session on the status of the City’s park master plans and what to expect next.
Cole and Cain presented the draft master plans on ten Brookhaven parks that have been shown to the community over the last couple of weeks and made a more detailed presentation on Ashford Park to demonstrate what the remainder of the master plan package for each park would look like. The next step is to complete detailed site drawings based on the draft plans and community feedback. The drawings will be detailed with cost estimates on each proposed feature and an excel spreadsheet will be prepared to summarize total costs for each park. GreenbergFarrow will then combine the individual park cost estimate spreadsheets to create an estimate of the total costs for all the parks. The cost estimates are based on the assumption that all plans are implemented today.
Complete master plan packages on each of the ten parks are expected to be complete by the end of January.
Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams announced that the DeKalb County Commissioners have committed to Brookhaven’s leadership that it will vote on the transfer of the back parcel of Brookhaven Park and the Osborne park land at the first County Commissioner meeting in January. Mayor Williams made the announcement at the City Council’s Work Session on December 15. She indicated that negotiations are progressing on the parcel of Brookhaven Park that borders Peachtree Road (on which the DeKalb Services Center is situated) and expressed optimism that this second conveyance would be completed soon.
The first draft of the master plans for ten of Brookhaven parks will be presented at the City Counsel afternoon work session on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The session will be held at City Hall at 3:30pm.
These plans were presented in community meetings over the past two weeks to provide community members the opportunity to comment. Although the plans are not available on the City’s website yet, the plans have been published by the Brookhaven Post and The Reporter Newspapers, both of whom obtained the plans through an open records request.
The City of Brookhaven is hosting Public Review Meetings for each park in the City for which a Site Specific Park Plan is being created, which includes Brookhaven Park. This meeting is an opportunity for you to review the Draft Conceptual Master Plan for Brookhaven Park, ask questions and offer suggestions.
The meeting for Brookhaven Park’s plan has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 10am to 11am in the Lynwood Community Center. For those unable to attend this meeting, a general park comments meeting will be held on December 12 from 10am to 11:30 am at the Briarwood Community Center to receive additional input. Please attend and give your valued feedback on the drafted plan!
The City of Brookhaven moved the sheep herd that has been cleaning invasive plants out of the City’s parks to Brookhaven Park and what a difference they have made!
Post Glen apartments area after sheep completed their grazing
Look at the nice job the sheep did on the area located near Post apartments! Below is what the Post Glen area looked like when the sheep first started grazing.
Sheep grazing in area in front of Post Glen apartments
The herd is now grazing in the trail area neat the picnic pavilion. Be sure to keep your dog on leash and far way from their grazing area.
Brian Borden became Brookhaven’s new Parks and Recreation Director on November 16th, 2015. He comes to Brookhaven from Columbia, TN, where he was most recently its Director of Parks and Recreation. Prior his eleven years in Columbia, TN, he was an Athletic Director in Clarksville, TN and Assistant Sports Coordinator for the Germantown, TN Parks & Recreation Department.
Brookhaven Park was formerly the site of a large Veteran’s Hospital from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. For an interesting read on the history of the site and hospital, check out Dick Funderburke’s article in the Brookhaven Buzz, “When Brookhaven Park Had A Veteran’s Hospital”.
Please join Brookhaven Park Conservancy, Inc. for an Open House at Brookhaven Park on Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 6pm-8pm at the Picnic pavilion!
We will be grilling hot dogs and hosting the Brookhaven Park Stakeholder Committee. The Committee members want to hear your ideas on the Master Plan for Brookhaven Park. Bring your family!
Do you have a park or park feature you have seen that you would like others to consider for Brookhaven Park? Email us your photos or a website link and we will post it online and bring it to the Open House. Throughout the past month we have been collecting photos from the community and posting them in our Photo Gallery to inspire creativity and help us develop a vision for the Master Plan for the Park. Come Thursday and tell us what you think of the ideas!
Below are some questions that GreenbergFarrow has requested your feedback on. Share your views with the Stakeholder Committee members at the Open House!
- What events (i.e. festivals, tournaments, etc.) would you like to see in the park?
- What problems do you see in the park?
- Are there maintenance issues in the park?
- Are there existing facilities in the park that are not wanted or not used?
- What new facilities are needed or desired in the park?
- Are there any safety hazards or issues in the park?
- Does your organized group use the park? (Please name)
- Do you consider parking in the park an issue? What you like to see it increased?
- How do you access the park? (Walk/run, bike or drive?)
- Are there any security issues in the park?
Thank you for helping us making Brookhaven Park great!
- Oglethorpe volunteers spread mulch around tree grove in center of Park
22 Oglethorpe University student volunteers partnered with Brookhaven Park Conservancy, Inc. Saturday, August 29, to add mulch to the Park’s trees and tree beds. This is the fourth consecutive year that Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement has partnered with Brookhaven Park Conservancy, Inc. (and its predecessor, Friends of Brookhaven Park) for its Day of Service, a civic engagement program for incoming students. The mulch was provided by the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department and was added to the tree beds in the open field area of the park as well as individual trees throughout the Park.
The city has scheduled a series of meetings to collect community feedback for each of Brookhaven’s parks in connection with the recently commenced master plan process. The meeting for Brookhaven Park will be Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Lynwood Community Center (3360 Osborne Road). It will be in a workshop format, where community members can review the site plan and offer suggestions for improvements and amenities.
If you are unable to attend the above meeting, there will also be a general parks meeting on September 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Lynwood Community Center where additional comments may be made.