Brookhaven, GA, December 21, 2015 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven has been working with consultant GreenbergFarrow to create a series of Draft Park Plans for ten of Brookhaven’s Parks, with dog parks included in the considerations. If implemented, the City would have the most official “dog-park” designated acreage when compared to the newly created cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.
According to the plans, Brookhaven Park would have a small dog park and a large dog park, allocating more than three acres for pooch friendly play. Another Brookhaven park, Skyland Park, has over a half acre off-leash area contemplated in the draft park plans, and there is also talk of another sizable dog park within Osborne Park, an eleven acre tract that sits across the street from Lynwood Park. No official draft plans are yet contemplated there, however.
But, if all the plans come together, Brookhaven will have the most allocated dog friendly acreage of the new cities, more than Dunwoody’s three acre Brook Run dog park and the three and a half acre Morgan Falls River Park / Dog Park in Sandy Springs.
While Brookhaven does not yet own Brookhaven Park, Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams reported recently that DeKalb County Commissioners will consider turning over the “lower” parcel during their first meeting in January. Williams also reported negotiations are nearing completion for the “upper” parcel as well, a parcel that includes the DeKalb County Service Center which provides care for people with developmental disabilities. Williams said Osborne Park is also in the mix for an early January transfer to Brookhaven.
There has been an increase in conversation among Brookhaven residents regarding dogs in our parks and a place for them to run around. Some residents want to have strict enforcement of the City’s leash law, while others want to let the dogs run freely, something they have become accustomed to for some time.
A fenced-in designated dog park area would serve as a good middle ground in the “dog or no dog” discussion, however, the conversation heats up again when residents begin to talk about where and how much space should be allocated for either.
The City of Brookhaven Police Department announced stricter enforcement of the City’s leash law last week that raised a bit of a stir. But the City said in a Friday news release Police will issue warnings for a period of time, before they begin to issue actual citations.
Whichever side of the debate you fall on, residents are anxious to see what City Leaders will come up with and what a compromise that will ensure all residents can enjoy the parks equally will look like.