Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hey Dunwoody, you can't always get what you want but sometimes you get what you need.

The Georgetown Renaissance project might be a great long term solution to the revitalization of the Georgetown area to foster economic redevelopment but this project directly affects the parks plan whereby I believe the back 30 acres of Brook Run Park should now be reevaluated to allow active recreation (team soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball, ect.).



Got Dirt?
This field might need 5,700 cubic yards to level the fields?

3 comments:

Max said...

"Highest and Best Use" is the doctrine that governs overall real estate development in a free market.

I know many young couples that have moved into my neighborhood, which is a short walk to Brook Run Park. Many new neighbors have kids, seems like twins mostly, a fact I jokingly attribute to the clean water reservoir.

There is no doubt that having a wonderful, safe place to play is paramount for healthy, socialized little ones. Outdoor activity is the best tonic for kids.

As with too many challenges, politics conflicts with policy. We are seeing a 'disconnect' between what citizens need and the 'Highest and Best Use' doctrine. Ball fields need about 5 acres of land each.

I have no problem with City ball fields. I have a major philosophical issue with public money being used to develop ball fields for private league play.

We bought land, the PVC farm, with an implied promise that this land was for parks. Many questioned the specious statistic indicating the ratio of Dunwoody Park land per citizen is 'woefully inadequate.' Further, we now know see voters did not buy into that sales pitch by an overwhelming vote against the Park Bonds. Policy V. Politics.

Now I question if the highest and best use of some of Atlanta's most valuable Park land, some 15-20 acres needs to be made into ball fields for private league play.

We live in a twelve square mile City, surrounded by parks with ball fields. Perhaps the community will determine as the highest and best use of our limited Park land space is to develop every square inch into some sort of project, with pictures of open fields on lavatory walls.

I do know that young folks will continue to move here due to proximity to their jobs, reasonable home prices, and existing quality of life.

Joe Seconder said...

I wholeheartedly second the comment of "I have a major philosophical issue with public money being used to develop (fill in the blank) for private league play."

Hire_A_Veteran said...

I agree wholeheartedly as well with the previous two comments - "I have a major philosophical issue with public money being used to develop (fill in the blank) for private league play."

This is similar to utilizing public money to provide for private religious school vouchers - a clear violation of church and state.

Just another example of the wealthy wanting to appropriate hard earned tax monies earned mostly by the working class to fund their private, exclusive, and discriminatory clubs, organizations, and institutions.