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I Just Wanna Slide
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I Just Wanna Slide

Now how do we pay for it? I doubt we will see much change at that price.

Tom Reilly
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Tom Reilly

The renovations look terrific. The National Wildlife Federation is very pleased to continue its active support of Brookhaven’s parks. But you only get what you pay for. Those PCID and ARC presentations that were also presented also look impressive.–until you factor in the increased density that both will inevitably produce. DEBT KILLS!! DENSITY KILLS!! Kills our quality of life. Kills our souls. Kills our finances. Kills our future. –Tom Reilly

Killing Nature
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Killing Nature
Tom I don’t know what to think about you. You profess to be a conservator and caretaker of nature yet your support for the creek greenway leads me to believe otherwise. You occasionally write articles about the little animals living in undisturbed areas in our city with the respect these little animals deserve. Then you show strong support for destroying the homes of the little animals. When the creek greenway is actively used the little animals will be driven from their homes. They will try to find new homes because of the people invading their habitat and in their search… Read more »
Tom Reilly
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Tom Reilly

Hi, “KN!!” I’m very sorry that you’re upset. Please understand that in my view one of those “animals” is, well, us. I’m trying for an environment where ALL creatures live in harmony, know and respect each other each in their own way, and therefore work harmoniously to enhance the environment for all concerned.–Tom Reilly

Greg Trinkle
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Greg Trinkle
If we just use the amount allotted from the General Fund, this could take decades to implement. This is our city and our parks are what they are. What I mean is some people may feel mislead about the capabilities of our city when they voted for it or by promises made by candidates. Here is where we are at, the question is for us to decide how we proceed forward. My preferred way for financing these needed improvements would be for a Bond Referendum. This plan gives us a way to know where the tax money is going to… Read more »
David
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David

Great post Greg. A general obligation bond would be the best way to get this done. If we rely on annual budget money projects will constantly be hijacked by things like trees falling on bridges and the political process to decide what projects get done could be mind numbing.

Kim
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Kim
While not a comprehensive solution the City should leverage the handful of dedicated, established public charities that exist to support individual parks to pursue state and federal as well as private grants. This would require some creative thinking in terms of unique goals and amenities that would garner grant-makers’ attention. We have let years pass while this opportunity to develop our parks has been neglected. This would require a sustained, collaborative and open spirit of engagement with the park groups. Much goodwill was let to waste in our first years. Can the community groups and the leadership get a “second… Read more »
Saul
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Saul
Park improvements? These aren’t park improvements, they are proposing constructing mini resorts for the Brookhaven elite at taxpayer expense. The Brookhaven elite that cannot afford to live in Hampton Hall, Brittany, or Historic Brookhaven and partake in their respective community clubs Although there is a clamor from a small group of people for park improvements only a few support these Mercedes like value improvements. The majority of Brookhaven residents do not frequently utilize these parks as a vibrant city like Atlanta offers so many entertainment options to choose from. Certainly these parks are not used to the degree that this… Read more »
Resident
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Resident

Do you ever have anything positive to say about anything? Brookhaven elite: ridiculous!

Dean
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Dean

Did you just get called out?

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
First of all the priority needs to be buying parkland for District 4. also I hope these are just guidelines. The outreach for these plans was horrible. They did one public meeting for each park in Lynwood and they didn’t make the proposals available before the meeting so turnout was very low. Murphey Candler has some real problematic proposals. Including a huge increase in parking spaces on the east side of the park that are inside the natural areas. The leagues should not be allowed to expand in Murphey Candler, if they want to expand either expand in Dunwoody or… Read more »
City-Weary
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City-Weary

Eric, you are spot on.

David
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David

Might want to work on your map reading and check your facts before spouting off. Those aren’t new ballfields. That map is a cutout of the primary map. Those fields already exist.

City-Weary
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City-Weary

“Proposed challenger field.”
“Proposed batting cage.”
“Community center.”
“Proposed plaza entry with GRAND STAIRCASE –WTF?”
“Low-level lighting”
“Proposed parking area”

David bro, you might want to check your reading skills.

David
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David

The proposed Challenger field replaces an existing field, as I said it does not add additional fields.

Don’t recall saying anything about staircases or any of those other projects. Nice try, bro.

Resident
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Resident

It’s called “taste” and “class”. Improvements, bro. Also there is no place to meet in the north end of town. As far as what’s necessary and what looks good, been to Chastain lately, bro?

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
David, you are right. My apologies. The shading of the one field and the lack of adequate description led me to an incorrect conclusion. Mistake on my part, though the rest of my complaint still stands regarding these plans. Including but not limited to the lack of adequate availability of the Master Plan details to the community. I mean I heard Brookhaven may have decided to spend several hundred thousand to replace the bridge in MC and did not look into if it could be repaired or replaced with a less expensive style because of something in the Master Plan… Read more »
Resident
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Resident

LOTS of looking into whether bridge could be replaced or repaired. Openly discussed at several public meetings.

David
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David

It would be nice to see the detailed plan which must exist.

Charles
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Charles

Just for clarity, the ball fields referenced in the MC Park extension are EXISTING fields. There are no new fields in the plan.
There is very little cost to the City for Youth Leagues at Murphey Candler, in fact, the leagues maintain all the fields at their own cost and pay the City an annual fee for the use. The activities at the Park are a tremendous boost to a sense of community and a great asset to our City, as well as a draw for people to want to live here.

Jeremy M
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Jeremy M

The Colts pay the city a mere $2,800 annually, M/C Girls Softball pays $1,600 annually, M/C Little League pays $5,600 annually with a clause in each contract that gives each entity the sole discretion and control of where those fees can and will be used. This “arrangement” costs the citizens of Brookhaven dearly every year. The terms of the contracts have not been fulfilled yet they continue to be renewed. This 15 year contract needs to be void and renegotiated to the benefit of the City of Brookhaven BEFORE we approve or pay for anymore of the MCLL.

MC neighbor
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MC neighbor

I have personally seen city lawn mowers (Optech) mowing those fields in the summer many times.

David
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David

Not true, you are mistaken. Optech maintains the common areas and mows that grass not the fields.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Thanks Charles and see above i stand corrected. And I think the leagues are great. What I do not support is adding more parking spaces to the park. The traffic is already a problem especially since it seems a number of parents from Dunwoody must always be running behind schedule because they speed through the neighborhood from Chamblee Dunwoody Road to get to the Park.

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