Brookhaven, GA, February 18, 2016 – Commentary, by Greg Trinkle – I truly believe that Briarwood Park’s best days are ahead of us. My introduction to Briarwood Park came from a diverse group of individuals that have the common belief Great Parks are needed for a Great Community. In 2012 we created the Briarwood Park Conservancy.
Just like in life, it is not always the flashy projects that make our parks better. One such project is the Drainage Project at Briarwood Park. To some, this may seem strange. This is not some huge capital project that will turn Briarwood Park into a cathedral, nor will beer start magically start flowing from the heavens. The impact of this project can’t be understated.
Over the years at Briarwood Park, I have seen the growth of the park turn into what it is now. One such area of the park is the current Community Garden/Forest Patio area. It is the central area of the park where people can access the trail system, head to the swimming pool or rec-center, head to the tennis courts, or access the playground equipment area.
It is a perfect area to meet. I knew that this central area had so much potential. Previously, this area contained some dilapidated playground equipment that was also overrun with invasive species. Looking at it today, we have a gorgeous butterfly garden, multipurpose Forest patio area, and thriving community garden.
The transformation of this area was achieved through dedicated volunteers along with generous private donations. This drainage project will be Briarwood Conservancy Crowning achievement for this area. While this area is looking great, we still live in Brookhaven. So when it rains, it sometimes pours. The pathways in this area become water logged and a muddy mess. This reduces the number of days the community can effectively use this place. The project will be a commercial grade drainage system that meets the requirements of the city of Brookhaven. With the leadership of Briarwood Park Conservancy, the professionals at Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation, and support of City of Brookhaven, shows how a common achievement can come to fruition.
I have received many benefits from my time being associated with Briarwood Park. There is nothing more fulfilling than the realization of how much impact these projects create. It reinforces one’s sense of worthiness and vitality of the project’s positive impacts.
The activities that I have participated at the park provided opportunities for me to learn. My front yard now has butterfly bushes all over it. Whether with like-minded volunteers or people I have met, lifetime friendships have been established all due to Briarwood Park. (I also was able to hug a lot of dogs)
The Drainage project at Briarwood Park will allow more people to have more opportunities to the same benefits I have received from Briarwood Park.