Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker said directions from council members at a work session June 19 were to work on coming up with another option that did not involve moving the dog park from its current location.
“Because the agenda item I brought to them was to relocate the dog park and they decided against that option, they tasked our department to work on a compromise that did not involve moving the park to the area specified in the master plan but instead to come up with another, palatable option,” he said. Although the dog park will remain in its current location, changes are expected.
“The footprint of the park will change in order to provide a larger noise buffer with the Lakeview Oaks neighborhood,” said Laine Sweezy, president of the Brook Run Dog Park Association.
She said erosion issues and the size of the park were discussed between members of the association and Walker June 19.
“In an effort to address the erosion issues, terracing of the land was discussed and some of this terracing will require that certain areas of the dog park will be permanently fenced off inside of the park, which is necessary due to ordinances regarding the height of the terraces required,” she said. “Other terracing will be open areas of the park. However, Brent Walker assured us that the overall size of the newly designed dog park will not be any smaller than the current acreage.”
Sweezy said other changes most likely will include a separate, small dog park adjacent to the east side parking lot, numerous water stations and new entrances.
At a meeting last week, the council heard from another supporter of the dog park remaining where it is when former chief executive officer of DeKalb County Vernon Jones spoke during the public comments.
“My administration was responsible for a lot of things getting done in this community, including the development of Brook Run,” he said.
“The thing that most touched me that I can never forget is the dog park because I have a dog. I opened the first dog park in DeKalb County and got with like-minded people and was able to, I believe, put together a fine plan that included the dog park.”
Jones said he understood the park had issues and he did not intend to offend surrounding homeowners, but said he hoped the council could “come up with a plan that everyone can agree upon, everyone can appreciate and everyone can live with.” The next step for the dog park is to start drafting new improvements and plans.
“We’re at the planning stages right now,” Walker said.
“At this point we’re going back to the drawing board and meeting with the dog park association and with surrounding neighborhood associations to find some common ground.”