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Brookhaven closes on purchase of 33 acres of Greenspace at PDK

Post Date:05/04/2017 10:26 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brookhaven closes on purchase of 33 acres of Greenspace at PDK
City will preserve 33 acres of forest land at Clairmont and Tobey roads

Brookhaven, GA, May 1, 2017 – The 33 acres of greenspace near PDK airport now legally belongs to the City of Brookhaven.  The April 28 closing of the transaction caps a series of events which began with the Jan. 24 announcement of an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County for Brookhaven to purchase and preserve the approximately 33-acre tract between Clairmont and Skyland Drive.

“This is an exciting milestone for Brookhaven and its residents who worked so tirelessly to preserve Brookhaven's green and vibrant environment,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.  “We still have work to do to ensure that the property is safe for all residents to enjoy, but I'm looking forward to exploring this greenspace with my sons when it opens.”

The property contains mature trees, a stream, wildlife and native plants, and is located west of Clairmont Road at the intersection with Tobey Road in Brookhaven.  The site will remain closed to the public throughout the summer so staff and community partners can address site environmental remediation, cleanup and safety issues. 

“To maximize the accessibility of this 33-acre site, we will need to fix the issues caused by the storage of old fuel tanks and construction material for many years,” said City Manager Christian Sigman.  “This fall, our work should be complete and we will be able to open the area for all to enjoy.”

“We delivered on our promise to the dedicated citizens in this community who have been lobbying for years to have this land preserved,” said Brookhaven City Council Member John Park.  “The hardest part is finished.  Now, Brookhaven is solely responsible for the future of this priceless urban forest.”

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From left: Council Member John Park, Mayor John Ernst and Parks and Recreation Director Brian Borden visit the 33 acre property on the day it legally transferred to the City of Brookhaven.

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Media Contacts:
Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
burke.brennan@brookhavenga.gov

Ann Marie Quill
Communications Manager
404-637-0508
annmarie.quill@brookhavenga.gov

news@brookhavenga.gov


 

 

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