Should the Dog Park at Brook Run Park Be Moved?

The years-old dog park popped up before the incorporation of Dunwoody. But is the writing on the wall that it will be moved to another part of Brook Run Park?

Brook Run Dog Park enjoys the shade of hardwood trees, friendly people and lots of dogs.

For some, that's pretty close to as good as it gets. A shady place to get out of the sweltering summer heat, or kick through the fall leaves, exercise your dog and chat with a new friend on one of the park's benches.

The other side of the coin, however, is that the dog park is over-loved. Too many animals can hurt the large tree stand there and eventually kill it altogether.

The city has budgeted $200,000 in its proposed 2013 spending plan to move the park to another spot in the 100-acre Brook Run Park.

Neighbors living near the 4-acre park largely applaud the move - as they are worried that the dog park could pollute West Nancy Creek, increase erosion and flooding in the area, and become more of a nuisance.

What do you think? Should Brook Run stay in the place where it has made its mark as one of the best dog parks in Atlanta? Or should it be moved and perhaps downsized to fit with a larger city plan to improve Brook Run Park.

Take our poll and leave us a comment.

Ima Reader September 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM
How about putting it over on Dunwoody Village Parkway. You're going to kill threes there, anyway, and the purpose of it is to bring people together in the community, right?
Heyward September 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Im holding out for the cat park!
Bill Grossman September 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The posted master plan for Brook Run shows where the Dog park will be moved. Hopefully in 2013. The new site near the greenhouse is larger and allows for rotation of use areas to avoid the problems incurred at the original location.
Laine Sweezey September 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
We members of the Brook Run Dog Park Association, Inc. (BRDPA), have accepted the fact that the off-leash park WILL be moved, and we are focusing our efforts on helping to create a superior off-leash park. However, the new site is NOT larger than our current location. We were assured, during the Master Plan meetings last year, that we would be allocated an area no less than the four acres of the original off-leash area. Unfortunately, the new site is destined to be subdivided into three areas: (1) an area for small dogs, (2) two sections for the larger dogs, which will be alternated periodically so that the land itself will have a "rest-and-recuperate" time. That means that the useable area for larger dogs, at any given time, will be smaller than two acres. Given the popularity of the current off-leash park, two acres is neither sufficient nor wise. The resulting crowding will increase the odds of conflict among the dogs. The off-leash park, therefore, will quite likely lose visitors, thus putting a black eye on the city. Shrinking the size of the off-leash area will drive visitors away.The off-leash dog park is, unarguably, the most well-used attraction within Brook Run, and visitors to that facility likely bring revenue to Dunwoody. Furthermore, we are very concerned about putting the off-leash park adjacent to the skate park, as dogs rarely respond well to skateboards, and we fear the proximity to the skate park does not bode well. [Laine Sweezey, President, BRDPA]
Laine Sweezey September 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
People who have children are provided with specially-designated and equipped playgrounds for their children. Do you not think the same sort of facility should be allowed for those who own dogs? An off-leash dog park does not require expensive playground equipment, just some land, access to fresh water, and a few benches for humans. Why are you opposed to the presence of an off-leash park? I am genuinely interested in your position, given that 40% of American homes include a dog.
Dilly St. James September 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Dunwoody is not dog friendly and that in not business-wise. People love their kids and their pets, pretty much in that order. Rename Brook Run W. C. Fields Park: “Anyone who hates dogs and kids can't be all bad.”
Melita Reeves September 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
For many people, it is not a question of not having 'the proper environment to keep them." As a dog owner & working person, it is often a choice between providing exercise for my dogs vs. exercise for me. When walking a dog on leash, my exercise is minimal, as the dogs want to stop frequently to sniff everything. When we go to an off leash park, we all get better exercise. I get to walk at a pace that is truly exercise. My dogs stay with me so they get better exercise, too. The off leash park is a great benefit to the people, not just the dogs. Also, I tend to go to nearby stores so my $$ goes to Dunwoody businesses.
Melita Reeves September 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I saw a facebook post about a cat park--all the people were staring up into the trees.
Bob September 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Laine, first I understand that many people treat pets as equal members of their families. However, I do not think that you can equate the ADA playgrounds to an off-leash dog park that provides for both large and small breeds of dogs. Furthermore, in your earlier post regarding the economic boost that the off-leash park brings, I do not think that you can link this park to an economic boost for the city of Dunwoody as the same people who see value in an off-leash park would not be inclined to leave their dogs inside a hot car while they are purchasing something from a store over 2 miles away. But maybe that's just me...
Melita Reeves September 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
@ make mine a double--I often stop in at Tuesday Morning & Kroger in the same shopping center. True, not when it is hot, but often when it is cooler & if I can find a spot to park in shade. Also, I stop in the gas stations to get drinks & snacks. So, yes, I really do shop more in Dunwoody because of the off-leash park.
Sue Noblin December 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I've been going to the dog park long before it was an official dog park. It is true, the shade there in the summer is a big plus - walking my dog in our neighborhood during the day would be cruel (to me an my dog). It is a great place for dogs to socialize, and I've met many friendly dog-owners there. My present dog (a Rottie rescue with a bad past and severe people phobia) LOVES going to BrookRun, and enjoys meeting new dogs AND people there. She lets me know VOCALLY when it's time to go "to the park". I understand the concerns of neighbors near the park, but hope we can keep an area where dogs can walk in summer without being in full sun and heat, and have lots of space to walk and play. Some don't understand just how many dog families visit the park and what a benefit it is for the dogs and their MANY owners. I agree with Ms. Sweezey that we need this park and we need a large park. In winter when weather is cold, dreary, or rainy and most folks are are at home, you will always find a good number of visitors in the Dog Park - rain or shine. On weekends, in the spring/summer/fall, the number of visitors at the dog park is a sure testiment that this dog park is a jewel for the City of Dunwoody. S Noblin


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