**Tuesday, Aug. 1 update: The contractor was unable to begin the process of removing the designated trees Monday, July 31, from the project site as previously announced. They will be on site on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Representatives for the City will be on site to oversee this process. Staff representatives will be on site to make sure that the correct trees are the only trees being removed as part of our park project.**
Work is underway on building a new Skyland Park at 2600 Skyland Drive. Demolition activities began on July 24, 2017, at the former home of the Georgia Vital Records Office, the site of the future park.
Plans for the new park are a result of a 2016 agreement with the DeKalb County Board of Education to transfer park land to the city. The Board of Education purchased the existing Skyland Park for $4.75 million to build a new school on the adjacent property in an effort to relieve overcrowding in DeKalb schools. As part of the agreement, the board purchased the former vital records building from the state and transferred that property to the city, for a new park at that site. The new school will open for the 2019-2020 school year.
Currently, a small area of asbestos is being removed before the entire building can be razed. That process is expected to last until about Aug. 4.
The new park is expected to open in mid-January 2018, weather permitting. The City of Brookhaven plans to keep the old Skyland Park open until as near the opening of the new park as possible. Check this page for updates.
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Park amenities will 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.