Monday, February 4, 2013

Is Brook Run a Public Park or a Private Wooded Preserve?

Looks like the Brook Run walking trail will go forward.  Personally the walking trail is not a big deal to me.  I walk on my local streets/sidewalks and don't need for the City to build a trail for me to walk on.  If people want to walk, they should step outside their home and walk around their neighborhood.  If you made the choice to live in an apartment or condo, then go to Sports Authority as they sell treadmills. Then buy a CD that plays nature sounds, open your condo window, and hit 'Start' on the treadmill.

I understand the view of Friends of Brook Run wanting to stick with the original plan of the walking path in Brook Run.  It was cheaper, less invasive, and would probably fulfill the desires of the local homeowners - but that is not happening at this point. The new trail will be accessible to those in wheelchairs and to a wider variety of people.  Friends of Brook Run failed to do a flood analysis, and even that would not have won the case for them, except for maybe a water runoff barrier of some sort.

If tons of concrete get poured in Brook Run I prefer it to be in the form of a parking lot for lacrosse or soccer or girls' softball fields.  But the City has said they consulted a national organization regarding size and surface of a trail, and they went with that recommendation.  I don't like chasing grant money, but it seems as the city did its homework on the walking trail issue. 

The Friends of Brook Run seem to be using the alleged flood water issue as a disguise for their real reason to stop the walking trail and other improvements to Brook Run.  The Friends of Brook Run do not want to lose a single tree in their view from their homes.  They value the trees as the most important thing about Brook Run.  Many of you will agree that the trees should stay.  Many of the folks on Lake View Oaks love the trees and the privacy they provide.  They love the view of nothing but trees.  But do they want to keep everyone else (the active adults and children of Dunwoody) out of that section of Brook Run, as Brook Run is like a private piece of land for them?

I value the square footage at Brook Run, not only the trees.  When I walk around Brook Run I envision about 400 kids there on a Saturday playing lacrosse, softball and soccer.  I see families spending time together outdoors.  The back part of Brook Run can be sports fields, and we add pavilions and picnic areas to the front section, among the trees. Our city council is full of parents and grandparents and adults who care about children.  I hope they soon take action and put together a long term plan for Brook Run.

I have heard from many Dunwoody homeowners who would prefer to have some sports fields and activities here in Dunwoody.  They are tired of driving all around the metro area to other cities, cities that value quality of life infrastructure like softball and baseball fields, gymnastic centers and tennis courts, lacrosse and soccer fields. Many people in Dunwoody are eager to have improvements made to Brook Run.  Improvements to these people is the addition of sports fields.

The battle of Man versus Tree is an old one.  And ultimately people realize Dunwoody has lots of trees and cutting trees does not result in the death of humans.
Google Earth view of trees in east side of Dunwoody

Google Earth view of trees in west side of Dunwoody

Google Earth view of trees in suburban Seattle, WA