The vision for Brook Run Park is a far cry from what’s there now – more than 100 acres of mostly undeveloped park land with a variety of old medical buildings spread across it.

The future of the park could be both active and a passive park elements, including everything from new baseball diamonds and a football field to an expanded dog park, as well as a great lawn and a special events area.

Dunwoody residents turned out en masse Jan. 27  to hear about the future of many of the county’s nine park areas. The City Council chambers was at overflow capacity, with more than 100 people there to talk about the expansive plans.

Included in a consultant’s plans are expansions and renovations of the Donaldson Bannister House, Dunwoody Nature Center, Perimeter Center Park, Windwood Hollow Park and potential “greenway” routes throughout the city.

For a link to graphics of the plans for the new area, click here.

The reconfigured Brook Run Park, the centerpiece of the city’s park system, can be viewed here.

The plan outlines improvements much beyond the skate park and playground that are currently there. To add to the offering for small children, a “splash pad” would be near the playground equipment.

The plan calls for two small-dog parks and a large-dog park to replace one existing one. The dog areas would be relocated to the interior of the park.

Meanwhile, the plan calls for 4 baseball diamonds. One of those diamonds would be just north of Peachtree Middle School, which would also include a soccer field and a football field surrounded by a loop for track and field events.

The half-acre community garden would be located near the dog parks.

Several residents who attended voiced concern about mixing the passive and active components of Brook Run Park.

Competitive baseball, for example, would draw hundreds to park on weekends. If the city were to hold a special event during the season, there could be scheduling conflicts, some residents said.

– Jason Massad