Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brook Run Settlement Soon?

Dunwoody taxpayers continue to pay annually for a Parks Bond that was approved years ago, before we became a city.  Take a look at your tax bill and you'll see it.  When the county voters were being solicited to vote YES to borrow money to improve parks, it was mentioned that much of that money would be spent at Brook Run, and in other areas of the county.  To no surprise to anyone, little of that money ever made it to the parks in Dunwoody. 

No worries.  We have a city next door called Sandy Springs.  That city has lots of money and more open space than Dunwoody.  The leaders in Sandy Springs built some impressive outdoor parks the past few years. It's apparent leaders in Sandy Springs appreciate youth and active adult sports.


The beautiful fields at Morgan falls in nearby Sandy Springs
the not-so-beautiful fields of Brook Run


Now that they have built the basics, they are stepping it up another notch, building a theater as part of their city center. The theater will be nice, but it will be empty more times than full.  Same for the nice Cobb Energy Center.  Nice place, but icing on a cake for a community.

If you have kids and want to sign them up for youth sports or other activities, head over to the web sites of Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, or some other city close by.

So back to that Parks Bond you are paying off.  You most likely don't get any benefit from it, nor do your Dunwoody neighbors.  But you have to keep paying.  After becoming a city, Dunwoody filed a lawsuit against DeKalb, demanding million of dollars to be spent at Brook Run.  DunwoodyTalk has not heard anything of a settlement, but recent stirrings point toward a possible settlement.  Will Dunwoody and DeKalb soon settle, with Dunwoody receiving $3 to $6 million?  

A movement has started to claim millions of lawsuit-settlement dollars to revamp a deteriorated theater at Brook Run. Thespians across the land are uniting for a reverse curtain call at Brook Run.  Talks of puppets, Dance Dan, Inc., and backdoor Stage Players are trending across the social media.

Kids are too busy on Instagram in Mom's grocery-getter, on their way to Murphy Candler or Morgan Falls or Hammond Park to know that no one is organizing for them.  But give them time.  About 20 years or so. Then they'll look back and wonder why their hometown had nothing but the Greater Atlanta Baseball league.

A small theater in Dunwoody would be nice, but how about saving Brook Run for outdoor activities?  

A new theater could be voted on by placing a Theater bond on the ballot.  The location would be the current site of the library.  The modern day library is as useful as the Dewey Decimal System.  It serves as nothing more than a place for people to mooch free taxpayer Internet.  We'd be better off having the city buy some RedBox looking kiosks with city-paid WiFi, and allowing people to use these to check their Hot Mail accounts.  

What about Spruill Pottery Throwers Guild?  Well, the Spruill profitable non-profit Spruill folks can build an art room in the basement of the new hotel/restaurant complex they are putting on their property?  Did someone just hear that?  It sounded like someone turning over in their grave.

I'm all for a theater, just not in Brook Run.  We all know that a certain percentage of Brook Run must remain 'natural', as in grass and trees and such.  The theater and new parking will restrict adding sports fields.  The private garden and orchard have claimed a chunk of park, the tree zip line thing is yet another regional feature, like the dog park and skate park, and we all know the dog story, right?  The dog park ruined lots of land in the park, so our city leaders decided to move the dog park so it can ruin even more land in the park.  And you are paying for it as well.  Dunwoody will spend a couple hundred thousand more dollars this year so dogs can continue to poop and pee in our 100-acre wasteland.

Let's build something for the children of Dunwoody and not continue funding things designed for the entire metro area.   

On a lighter note, check back next week for March Madness in Dunwoody.  We've expanded the field to 64 teams.