Mark Thompson said he moved from Sandy Springs to the Georgetown neighborhood in Dunwoody 14 years ago to find easy access to major highways, good schools and a serene environment.
“I love the leafy neighborhoods,” Thompson said.
His three children are age 9 and younger, and Thompson said he’s sure they will all enjoy biking along soon-to-be-completed multi-use trails in their community. They already use one in Brook Run Park, where they also plan to check out the new zip line courses.
In 2013, Georgetown got the city’s first new park since Dunwoody incorporated in 2008. The 16-acre parcel sits between Chamblee-Dunwoody and North Shallowford roads, and features an open playing field, gazebo and regulation-size Bocce courts.
Georgetown Park will soon connect to Brook Run Park’s multi-use trail, which opened in 2013 and added the second phase in 2014. The trail allows residents to walk, jog or bike the nearly two-mile loop, and will soon connect to Georgetown Park, adding about another mile to the trail.
“It’s a very friendly area, people are social and like to get together,” Thompson said about his community. “It’s been a great place to live.”
A decade ago, after Lyndsey Pearson moved to Georgetown with her husband and almost 2-year-old son, she and five other moms started a playgroup. “There were seven kids when we started,” she said. “Were that same group to meet weekly now, 16 kids would be playing together.”
Pearson grew up near where DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties meet, so she said she’s never sure which city to call home. As of February 2005, she and her family have called Dunwoody home. They made a community from the neighbors and friends they met living in Georgetown.
She laughed as she described her 1950s-style community — with modern touches, such as texting to borrow a cup of sugar.
“I’ll text one day for an egg and the next day I’ll get a text, ‘Do you have half a cup of sour cream?’” she said. “We just have our kids run it across the street to them.”
One friend texted Pearson recently to ask her to babysit while the friend finished making a meal for a neighbor who’d recently had a baby.
Pearson’s thankful for her friends because “it really does take a village,” she said. “Everybody’s really nice and so laid back. It’s sort of like the 1950s.”
The recreation center is where most of the moms, dads and kids catch up nowadays.
Adelyn Pearson, Lyndsey’s 8-year-old daughter, might be too young to travel on the forthcoming multi-use trail connecting Georgetown Park to Brook Run Park, but she loves the Georgetown Recreation Club, where she practices on a swim team.
“The water is cool and gymnastics are air-conditioned, so those are her sports,” Lyndsey said, describing her daughter’s desire to avoid the heat.
Those who don’t swim, like Thompson’s kids, play sports. While Thompson’s kids travel to Murphey Candler Park, Pearson’s son and husband play ALTA tennis.
Richard Pearson said he and Lyndsey inspired their friends to get the ALTA teams started, and Richard has been men’s team captain for 20 seasons now.
“We twisted arms to get people to play,” he joked. “We more or less recruited everyone from our playgroup to play tennis.”
The Pearson family didn’t intend their house to stay their home forever, Lyndsey said.
She and her husband considered the three-bedroom, two-bathroom place a beginning for their three-person family. After a few rounds of home improvements and a decade’s worth of relationship building, they aren’t planning to move anytime soon.
“When we moved into the house we thought it was a starter home and we didn’t intend to stay more than five years,” she said.
The young couples who they now cheer for during adult tennis matches and kids’ sports are the same friends with homes they can walk to for ingredients and a helping hand.
“This is just luck of the draw,” Pearson said about finding close friends on her street. “I would say 98 percent of the people who live in this neighborhood met because we had kids the same age, but even if we didn’t have kids we would still be friends.”