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Demolition activities begin at the future home of Brookhaven’s new Skyland Park

Post Date:07/24/2017 4:57 PM


Mayor John Ernst at the controls of the excavator used to begin demolition of the former Georgia Vital Records building


Brookhaven, GA, July 24, 2017 – Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst kicked off the construction activities of the new Skyland Park, beginning with the demolition of the former home of the Georgia Vital Records Office. 

“Several months ago, Brookhaven was approached by DeKalb County Schools with a proposal:  They needed land for a new school to relieve overcrowding, and the place they identified happened to be an existing city park,” said Mayor Ernst.  “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. 

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 cost of the new 4-acre park project is $3,057,740.00.  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.


DeKalb Schools Board Member Marshall Orson and Mayor John Ernst discuss plans for the new Skyland Park.


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