Brookhaven, GA, July 25, 2017 — by Anna Williams for The Post — Work began in earnest Monday in Brookhaven for a new Skyland Park. That work includes the demolition of the former home of the Georgia Vital Records Office, and Skyland Elementary School was there years prior.
Last year, the City of Brookhaven negotiated with the State of Georgia and the DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) to sell Skyland Park for $4.7 million as part of a larger $7.5 million deal that includes the School System purchasing Skyland Center from the Georgia State Properties Commission. That purchase is enabling the DeKalb School District to construct a new elementary school in Brookhaven named after civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis. The school at this point is slated house 900 students and cost approximately $22 million to construct.
Mayor John Ernst in a Monday release, “After extensive negotiation, we reached a win-win for everyone involved. DeKalb Schools gets the park land for the new John Lewis Elementary School, and the City of Brookhaven gets the land right next to the school for a brand new park.”
In May of ’17, Brookhaven awarded Duluth, GA based Multiplex, LLC, a $3,058,005 contract for the construction of the new Skyland Park — the largest single park project approved in the history of the City.
Park amenities include:
- Two sand volleyball courts. These will be the first sand volleyball courts located in a Brookhaven Park.
- Two picnic shelters.
- A new restroom facility.
- Large open space field.
- Two additional shade structures that will also serve as charging stations for the public. These shade canopies will be made of material that will incorporate solar panels which will allow park visitors to charge electronic devices.
- Two dog parks.
- Designated parking space for electric cars with an electric charging station. Skyland will be the first park in the City of Brookhaven to have this technology.
- A natural playground area located underneath a canopy of trees that will be preserved during construction.
The first phase of demolition activities begin with the safe removal of asbestos materials from the premises which will take up to two weeks to complete before the remainder of the building can be razed, the City says.