Sorry, Dunwoody Councilman [John] Heneghan, but your eloquently composed, however, obviously politically hued, sentiment about building communities by retaining the Brook Run Dog Park, is merely moot rhetoric at this point.
The harsh reality is that as the city of Dunwoody is in possession of the arborist’s study, which states the continued use of the area as a dog park will render the extant trees hazardous, the city is now obligated to move the dog park from its current location to the proposed treeless one, or else the city and its already overburdened taxpayers will be legally culpable if any of these trees fall and injure, or worse, kill someone. It is a legal issue now — the city of Dunwoody has no choice now but to relocate the dog park.
In fact, if everything is left status quo, members of the city government might even be held as criminally negligent if someone is injured by a falling tree or branch. Analogous to a scenario where a government building is condemned by a building inspector and the city continues to allow its occupancy. You know the old adage — “If a tree falls in condemned woods, you can be sure an attorney will hear it.”
As a proud and compassionate owner of three rescue dogs myself, I am certain that as long as their owners ensure they have plenty of water, dogs won’t mind their new treeless park one bit, and to accommodate their masters and mistresses who insist on standing in the sun to watch their precious pups play — brollies and parasols could become all the fashionable rage once again.
Dunwoody could create its own quaint “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” neo-impressionistic tableau — see there is even a win in all of this for the city’s arts community.
Gary Ray Betz