About a month and half ago, early on a Saturday morning, I attended the public meeting to specifically discuss Brook Run Park and compared to many recent community meetings, this one was quite tame. There were about 45 residents in attendance who by my rough estimation had an average age of about 55 years old and they threw out ideas as to what they desired as to the future of Brook Run Park. Besides a group of neighbors who live immediately adjacent to the dog park, I didn't notice any large contingent of special interest groups who attended the meeting en-mass. That being said, the residents who attended voiced their special concerns or favorite park ideas, what ever they may be and each one was valued and recorded.
The consultant may have bounced a few ideas off the group in attendance and some were added as possible ideas that in the end, may or may not stick. Some of the ideas broached concerned the movement of the baseball fields from Dunwoody Park to Brook Run to make for a larger Dunwoody Nature Center, possible relocation of the Dunwoody Community Garden as well as the Dog Park to sites that some may believe would be better suited.
This evening (Thursday) there will be a another parks meeting at City Hall starting at 6 pm on the Citywide Parks and Greenspace Master Plan and though I am expecting a few more targeted groups in attendance over the first meeting; my hope is that the room will be filled with a representative cross section of the community. This meeting will focus on long-range guidance to the City of Dunwoody on park redevelopment, possible land acquisitions for future park space, staffing options, operations management, revenue sources and maintenance plans. The long term master plan will include a Citywide green space and parks needs assessment to evaluate current level of service, study potential and appropriate acquisition needs, and identify existing private and public recreation opportunities.
Per the meeting announcements, only after the Citywide plan is completed will the update to the Brook Run Master Plan be completed. Long Story, short; if you are interested in the future of Dunwoody parks and the services being provided, please attend this meeting. We need to hear from you. Thanks.
Thursday, January 27th
Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346