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Residents petition city to change Brook Run Park plans
by Nicole Dow
February 13, 2013 09:11 AM | 1034 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of Dunwoody residents submitted a petition to city hall last week requesting the mayor and city council to nix plans for a 12-foot-wide concrete trail at Brook Run Park costing an estimated $420,000.

Resident Jeff Coghill said he and about seven or eight others formed the Friends of Brook Run Park Dunwoody in January to collectively bring their concerns about the park to city officials.

“We’ve had 667 signatures [for the petition] within a week,” he said.

Those in support of the petition are asking city officials to return to plans discussed for the trail in 2010 when submitting an application to the state’s Department of Natural Resources for a Recreational Trails Program grant. The city received $100,000 for the trail project.

“The city originally proposed this a couple years ago as an 8-foot permeable-surface trail … that would follow along the lines of the existing trails already built within the park,” Coghill explained.

City Manager Warren Hutmacher said the grant application was submitted before the Parks Master Plan was developed, which supports the current design for the trail. Coghill feels the new trail design poses safety issues.

“It’s a multi-use trail, which puts bicyclists, joggers, roller skaters [and] skateboards on the same path as families with kids [and] people out just taking a walk,” he said.

He added his group is concerned about tree loss and the impact on nearby properties. City spokesman Bob Mullen said about 253 trees are planned for removal, though none will be more than 25 inches in diameter. The plan includes measures to alleviate the potential impact of storm water runoff on neighboring properties, he added.

Coghill said the group will continue to circulate its petition. However, Mullen said there are no further changes planned for the trail design. The city has already gotten started on surveying and minor grading work, he said.

On the web:
View the petition online at www.change.org/petitions/brook-run-park.
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