One minor technical difficulty…we have to buy it first.
Located at 4158 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven Park is a 21.15 acre facility with a multi-use field, basketball court, multi-use court, playground, picnic area and trails.
Some citizens are suggesting all of Brookhaven Park becoming an official dog park. Others feel as though the park should be split up equitably between the bipeds and quadrupeds. Either way you slice it though, the notion has legs…and support of the City of Brookhaven Mayor, J. Max Davis.
During the City of Brookhaven’s First Town Hall Meeting on January 24th, a citizen suggested that Brookhaven Park become a dog park. Mayor J. Max Davis responded to the citizen, “We’ve been hearing that alot. I even heard that during the campaign. That is obviously a possibility of sectioning off a portion of that park and making it a dog park…we’ve been hearing that from alot of people. I think there is enough property there to handle something like that. It is a de facto park right now, but some people go out there and get cited because one day somebody calls the code enforcement or police about dogs without leashes. We want to have a place in essence the center of the city so we want folks to be able to come to a central location, bring their dogs…and maybe we’ll have little sections for small dogs and big dogs, agressive dogs [mayor and crowd laughing] sweet dogs…labs and pit bulls…so they’ll stay apart.”
(TheBrookhavenPost.com has Exclusive Video Coverage here – Time Mark 1:04:19)
One member of the Brookhaven Parks Committee suggested a dog park set up in Brookhaven much like the one at Piedmont Park. Piedmont Dog Park’s website describes their park features as: “A nearly 3-acre dog run, separate enclosures for large and small dogs, new trails and landscaping, and benches and restrooms for loyal owners. Piedmont Park is a haven for dogs and humans alike! While a City of Atlanta ordinance requires all dogs in public areas to be leashed, Piedmont Dog Park is one of the few locations in metro Atlanta where dogs may run free. This special off-leash area, open since 2002, is one of the most popular features of Piedmont Park.”
“One would think that if the City of Atlanta can find 3 acres inside Piedmont Park, surely the City of Brookhaven can allocate a portion of a nearly 25 acre park that we are already kinda using part of as a dog park anyway,” says a Brookhaven resident whom The Brookhaven Post chatted with at Brookhaven Park.
One small detail still has to be settled…The City of Brookhaven has to purchase the parks from Dekalb County. Every indicator suggests that the parks will be purchased by the city in Fall 2013 and improvements won’t likely happen until the following year – 2014. The parks will be purchased from the county at $100.00 per acre and in total there are 270+ acres in 11 parks in Brookhaven…so first things first, but we need to begin to plan – as citizens – what our parks will look like once the City owns them.