Brookhaven, GA, January 11, 2017 – by Trey Benton – For approximately 50 years, children in the immediate area and beyond have participated in youth sports leagues at Murphey Candler Park. And, prior to the formation of the City of Brookhaven, the leagues had long running agreements with DeKalb County to have primary use of the parks fields and facilities, many of which were constructed or improved for the continued use of the Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association (MCGSA), Murphey Candler Baseball (MCB) and the Atlanta Colts Youth Association (ACYA) in mind.
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Brookhaven Councilmembers approved the City to enter in to new 5-year agreements with the sports organizations, agreements that will run from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021. These agreements will be automatically renewed on an annual basis for an additional twelve-month term, and will carry the same terms and conditions as spelled out in each agreement, in “order to continue providing these valuable services at Murphey Candler Park in a similar fashion as it has in the past for many years to come.”
Each agreement explains the City will provide field lights, parking, sewage systems, plumbing, safety lightning system, field electrical outlets, watering systems, park buildings and related structures and clean all restrooms not less than 3 times weekly throughout the year. The City will also be responsible repairs due to storm, fire or other catastrophic damage to the facilities.
Each of the sports organizations are responsible for maintenance and upkeep “inside the fences” which includes mowing the grass, maintaining field conditions and general cleanup. The leagues pay 100% of the utilities which includes electricity and water.
When the sports leagues are not in season or not scheduled to be using the fields and facilities, other organizations and individuals may use the facilities but must first go through the Parks and Recreation department for fees and scheduling.
The AYCA will pay the City $2,800 per year, MCGSA will be required to pay the City $1,600 annually and MCB will pay $5,600 annually, which gives the organizations the right to use and manage the related facilities during prescribed times. (See contracts and schedules below)
Councilmembers said they look forward to their continued relationship with the sports organizations. “We appreciate what you do for the City,” said Councilman Joe Gebbia.