Dozens of residents gathered at Skyland Park at 2600 Skyland Drive on Sept. 29 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony of Brookhaven’s new Skyland Park.The new park features amenities not found in any of the city’s other parks, including solar-powered charging stations for electronic devices, sand volleyball courts, a playground that blends in with the natural setting and contemporary restroom structures.

Mayor John Ernst greeted dozens of residents to the four-acre park that cost slightly more than $3 million. The park was paid for using money paid to the city from the DeKalb County School District as part of a land swap and payment deal for the district to build the new John R. Lewis Elementary School, he explained.

The new 900-seat elementary school is now under construction adjacent to the park and is slated to open next year to alleviate overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster.

Ernst announced the city’s annual Fall Fest, held for years at Lynwood Park, will now be held at Skyland Park. The fest is Oct. 20.

On hand for the ribbon cutting were Ernst, Councilmembers Linley Jones and Bates Mattison, and state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), whose district includes this area of Brookhaven.

Mayor John Ernst, with scissors, Councilmember Linley Jones to his left, State Rep. Scott Holcomb in the back, and Councilmember Bates Mattison at far right were on hand for the Sept. 29 ribbon cutting of the new Skyland Park. (Dyana Bagby)
A playground that blends into a natural environment is a new amenity at Skyland Park. (Dyana Bagby)
The park includes two sand volleyball courts. (Dyana Bagby)
A small enclosed dog park with a solar paneled charging station. The new John R. Lewis Elementary School under construction can be seen to the left in the background. (Dyana Bagby)
A picnic shelter that overlooks the new elementary school to the right and not visible in this picture. (Dyana Bagby)
Dozens of people were on hand for the opening of the new Skyland Park. (Dyana Bagby)
A restroom facility with a contemporary design at the park. (Dyana Bagby)
Granite stairs and seating overlook the open field. (Dyana Bagby)

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.