Draft Master Plan Available for Review and Comment

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!

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The Sheep Continue Grazing

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

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

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.

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Brookhaven Hires New Parks & Recreation Director

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.

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Do You Know the History of Brookhaven Park?

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”.

 

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Come to our Open House and share your ideas on the Park!

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!

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Oglethorpe Volunteers Partner with the Conservancy to Mulch Trees in Park

Oglethorpe volunteers spread mulch around tree grove in center of Park
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.

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Meeting Date Set for Brookhaven Park Master Plan

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.

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Welcome

Brookhaven Park Conservancy, Inc., is an all volunteer nonprofit corporation formed in April 2015, to preserve and improve Brookhaven Park through volunteerism and community investment. Brookhaven Park is located in Brookhaven, GA, north of Atlanta, GA.

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Master Planning to commence for Brookhaven Park

The City of Brookhaven recently selected GreenbergFarrow to create master plans for 8 of the City’s parks, including Brookhaven Park. GreenbergFarrow is headquartered in Atlanta and has offices nationwide and abroad. Its Georgia projects include Frederica Park and the Harrington green space in St. Simons, the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex Garden in Athens, and the 14th Street Greenscape in Atlanta.

The firm will create a master plan for each park that will include an implementation plan, budget, and sources of funding for each park.

Mayor Rebecca Chase-Williams appointed stakeholder committees for each park at the City Council meeting on August 11, to help engage the community to attend the public meetings and to provide feedback to the consultants. The firm is expected to conduct individual public meetings for each park as well as three meetings simultaneously with three of the larger parks. As with the prior master plan process, there will be an open house where the community will be invited to look and comment on conceptual plans. All meetings are open to the public, including the stakeholder meetings.

The first meeting will be with Marie Garrett, GreenbergFarrow, and all ten stakeholder groups on August 20 at 6:30pm at City Hall.

Members of the stakeholder committee for Brookhaven Park are:

  • Donna Poseidon
  • Bridget O’Donnell
  • Thad Ellet
  • Mike Elliot
  • Anjie Frias
  • Gayle Sherlag
  • Robert Kamm
  • Kay Woodward
  • Jackson McHenry
  • Jim Dupree
  • Mary Ann Kelly

Information about the meetings will be available on the City’s website (http://www.brookhavenga.gov/home). You can also keep up to date on the City’s news by subscribing to its electronic newsletter on its website (http://www.brookhavenga.gov/newsroom/newsletter ).

Check our website to stay informed about the master planning process. We encourage you to participate in the public meetings and share your vision of what you would like to see in your park. Please sign up for our email to receive alerts about the park master planning process. Like us on Facebook!

See our Master Plan page Master Plan page for detail on the conceptual plan done by Lose & Associates in 2014.

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The Brookhaven Chili Cook Off is moving to Brookhaven Park!

The 4th Annual Chili Cook Off will move this year from Apple Valley Road to Brookhaven Park. The free event will be on Saturday, October 10, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The Chili & Brunswick Stew will feature over 75 competitive teams and tasting will be from 12pm- 4pm, or while supplies last.  In addition, there will be lots of food offerings with food trucks and restaurants and cold beverages for adults. Entertainment in the park includes live music wth 3 bands, the UGA game and college football on a big screen TV, arts and crafts, and a Kid Zone. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Releash Atlanta.

Parking will be at the Brookhaven MARTA station and a free shuttle service will be provided.

More information is available at  the Brookhaven Chili Cookoff website.

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