Laine Sweezey, president of the Brook Run Dog Park Association, and Bama.
Ryan Martin’s dog Leila catches a Frisbee in the dog park on Nov. 11.

Two Australian shepherd dogs chased a chewed-up yellow Frisbee around Brook Run Dog Park, unaware that their scenery is about to change.
Ryan Martin said he and his dogs, Whitaker, 10, and Leila, 1, enjoy the dog park a few times every week.
On Nov. 10, Dunwoody City Council approved a new design for the dog park that includes shifting it just a short distance from its current location in Brook Run Park.
 
Martin said the plan “seems like a fair compromise” to end the long-standing dispute between dog park users and the residents of nearby neighborhoods.
The new location will include a quarter acre for smaller dogs on the east side of the larger dog park, city Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker said. The area will be buffered by vegetation, he added, and will be 400 feet away from the nearby neighborhood.
Construction on the new 2-acre dog park is set to begin soon, and should take about a month, Walker said. “I hope to have the preliminary work started before Christmas,” Walker said.
 
During the council’s Nov. 10 meeting, residents Frank Lockridge and Craig Thrasher also supported the compromise.
“It’s been an extremely long time,” Lockridge said, “and we really need your relief. We need some action soon. The dogs don’t stop barking for the holidays.”
 
Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said she wants to make sure plans are in place to keep benches in the dog park from “creeping back” toward the neighborhood. Walker said that wouldn’t be an issue.
The compromise and plan to relocate the dog park comes just in time for the ninth anniversary of the Brook Run Dog Park Association, which started in January 2006, shortly after the dog park opened. President Laine Sweezey said she is surprised and delighted that a compromise has been reached.
“We didn’t expect anything so nice,” Sweezey said, calling Walker’s plan “good and logical.”
 
The council allocated $195,000 for the Brook Run Dog Park relocation, of which $160,000 already has been placed in an account for the project. The work will be done by city staff, he said.
Walker said he intends to reuse existing fencing and benches as much as possible to minimize the overall cost of the relocation, but he estimated that as much as $7,000 could be needed for fencing.
 

 
To rehabilitate the trees and protect the soil, Walker said a plan for tree fencing and vegetation re-establishment is in place. That plan includes adding organic material into the area to improve the existing topsoil, he said.
A city staff storm water engineer will look at water piping and ensure water runoff will not adversely affect Nancy Creek, Walker said, joking “it won’t be me” to create a water runoff solution.
 
Councilman John Heneghan asked Walker to “do a little research” and come up with a plan for renovating the restroom, choosing a spot close to walking trail traffic and other park amenities. Councilman Terry Nall added that the master plan calls for restrooms throughout the park, so Walker and city staff should work toward that goal.
“I trust you’ll find a good location,” Heneghan said to Walker.

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