At its July 24, 2018, meeting, the Brookhaven City Council approved a resolution placing a referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot which, if passed, would authorize up to $40 million in capital improvements to Brookhaven parks and facilities.
When the City of Brookhaven was incorporated on Dec. 17, 2012, it inherited 11 parks and recreational facilities from DeKalb County, totaling 270.8 acres. Citizen-driven master planning began in 2014, completed in the fall of 2015, and adopted by the Brookhaven City Council in early 2016. Along the way, Brookhaven acquired additional parkland and greenspace, notably the 33-acre Ashford Forest Preserve in 2017.
In 2018, GreenbergFarrow, the City’s contract park planning firm, estimated the opinion of probable cost to complete the plans for parks capital improvements to total $77.5 million, in 2018 dollars.
The parks master plan projects to be voted on in November are listed below. Click on the individual parks to see line-item detail of the 60% opinion of probable costs and that park’s plans:
- Ashford Park – $1,943,954
- Blackburn Park – $1,279,810
- Briarwood Park – $7,013,100
- Brookhaven Park – $6,000,000
- Lynwood Park – $10,977,393
- Murphey Candler Park 1 – $8,984,138
- Systemwide parks funding – $3,470,000
- Issuance cost – $595,026
To learn more about Brookhaven’s referendum projects, go to Brookhaven’s web site at www.brookhavenga.gov/parks-bond-ref