Tomorrow, Saturday June 8th we will be holding another work day at Briarwood Park. Beginning around 9:30, we will be spreading mulch on walk ways and general clean up. Bring rakes for spreading chips and wheel barrels. Most of all just come out and join us as we continue our quest to beautify the Park. See you there !!
The Friends of Briarwood Park will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday June 4th at 6:30 PM at the Forest Patio Pavilion in the Park. Come out and join us to learn more about upcoming Park improvements and ongoing projects, as well as what is on tap for the Saturday June 8th work day. Hope to see a lot of folks come out and enjoy the Park as well as socialize with others interested in turning Briarwood Park into the gem we all know it can become !!
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The Drew Valley neighborhood held their Spring neighborhood cookout and party at the new playground and pavilion area at Briarwood Park. We had approximately 100 neighbors and family members attend with a steady crowd of around 60-70 in attendance during … Continue reading
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$3.00 – adult (18+)
$2.00 – Youth (3 – 17 yrs. old)
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The new Playground at Briarwood Park is now open and tonight the parking lot is full and kids are enjoying the new facility !!
Plan to visit soon and check out your new and improved Park !!
Phase 1 of the Forest Patio project is completed (pictures attached). Thank you to all of our volunteers including Stephanie from Drew Valley, Terrell Carstens, Chris and Val Horner, Rob Turner and his family, Josh Sinclair, Anand Thaker, Greg Trinkle, Steve and Lee Walker. Big thank you to Greg Trinkle for the use of his pressure washer. Steve Walker built the fence yesterday. A few minor things remain including trellis’ at the community garden and garden plants. The landscape beds are built, perennials and herbs are planted, fruit trees are in the ground (Apricot, Apple, Peach and Plum) and the community garden fence is up. The Butterfly Garden in the center of the landscape will develop butterfly/hummingbird blooms by July or earlier. We’ll begin planting the garden when the irrigation system is installed in the next couple of weeks.
Phase 2 will consist of picnic table area renovation, irrigation system installation and river bridge reconstruction.
If you’d like to donate online please go to our website www.briarwoodparkga.org . Any funds donated will go towards a matching grant program from Park Pride. Not to say all funds will be matched but they contribute towards the Park Pride matching grant programs that occur in November. You’ll find promotional opportunities with Blo Beauty Bar (30% off) and Brookhaven Fitness Studio (free class) on our website as well.
We currently need river bridge reconstruction assistance and irrigation piping installation (installation only).
We’d like to thank the following corporate sponsors:
Melissa – Blo Beauty Bar – www.blobeautybar.com – Corporate Sponsorship
Rachael Moncayo – Brookhaven Fitness Studio – www.brookhavenfitness.com – Corporate Sponsorship
Kerri and Jared Levitt-Buckhaven Construction Services- www.buckhaven.com – Bobcat Services
Casey Tree – www.caseytree.com – Bobcat services, wood chip mulch
Jeremy Barnes – Ferguson Enterprises – www.ferguson.com – Irrigation Supplies
Rick Glisson – Haven Real Estate Investments – www.havenrei.com – New Playground Bathroom
Houston and Katrienne Feaster- K&H Homes - Donor houses for landscape plants and trailer
Bill and Diana Waldrop – Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens – www.kennesawmountaindaylilygardens.com – The most beautiful tetraploids you’ll ever see
Barry Stooksbury/ Brian Aguirre – Lowe’s Chamblee - www.lowes.com – Countless items including but limited to garden fencing, landscape timbers, fruit trees, plants, deck stain, discounts and support
Tim Nama – Mayfield Signature Homes – www.mayfieldsignaturehomes.com – Picnic Area Renovation
The Home Depot – sprinkler heads and PVC fittings.
Robert Cole and Bennett Sands – Wood Partners – www.woodpartners.com – Topsoil, Donor landscape plants
Briarwood Park is receiving a makeover, with a new playground and pavilion area under construction.
Chad Boles, leader of the Friends of Briarwood Park, said these two improvements are part of a long-term revitalization plan for the park.
Though Briarwood Park is in the city of Brookhaven, it is still owned by DeKalb County. The county’s Parks and Recreation Department is installing a new playground, which is set to open May 9.
“At the new playground, there’s two areas. One area that’s for ages 2 to 8, the second area with larger equipment for ages 8 to 12,” Boles said.
The Friends of Briarwood Park are building what they call a “forest patio,” a landscaped pavilion area where the old playground was removed.
“It’s got new landscaping and will eventually house a community garden. We’ll have a trail that will run the length of the new landscaped area,” Boles said. “The vision for that area would be eventually we’ll be able to have community events, more outdoor social activities.”
Volunteers have been working hard on nights and weekends to get the community garden built in time to plant spring crops.
On a recent afternoon, several Drew Valley residents shoveled soil into wheelbarrows to move into the garden area.
Greg Trinkle said he enjoys walking his dog on the trails in Briarwood Park and he wants to give his time to help make the park better for his neighbors. “There’s always been a lot of activism in this area. It’s contagious,” Trinkle said.
Rob Turner, who came out to work with his four children, said he wanted to see improvements in the park but was tired of waiting around for the county to do it.
“This is the American way. You’ve got to do it yourself,” Turner said. “We’re taking the diamond in the rough and we’re polishing it.”
Boles said the project is possible thanks to donations and volunteers. “Everything in that project has been donated: time, materials, everything except the water meter. We had to pay DeKalb County for the water meter. But everything else has been donated by local corporations,” Boles said.
The Friends of the Park started planning regular work days last May to clean up the park.
“It’s been really neat. The community has come out in force and these volunteers are working their guts out. This is hard work,” Boles said.
In addition to cleaning up the grounds, Boles said the Friends of Briarwood Park would eventually like to have enough money to upgrade the pool and recreation center at the park.
“We’re all very interested in seeing a central area for our kids and families to meet and play together,” Boles said.
Brookhaven Fitness Studio has partnered with Friends of Briarwood Park; Donate $25.00 to us and receive one free class !!
GET FIT FOR SUMMER AND SUPPORT BRIARWOOD PARK
Donate $25 to Friends of Briarwood Park
Get 1 Free Class at Brookhaven Fitness Studio
Present your confirmation of donation to:
Brookhaven Fitness Studio
2669 Osborne Road, NE
One Class Per Donation
Donate To Briarwood Park online
(click our donations page)
or send a check to
Park Pride FBO Friends of Briarwood Park
233 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Blo Beauty Bar has partnered with Friends of Briarwood Park and is offering a 30 % discount upon presentation of receipt of $50.00 donation to the Friends of Briarwood Park. See below for details:
Donate $50 to the Friends of Briarwood Park
Get 30% off on any salon service at Blo Beauty Bar
Present your confirmation of donation
Blo Beauty Bar
2565 Apple Valley Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
one service per donation
Donate to Briarwood Park online
or send a check to
Park Pride FBO Friends of Briarwood Park
233 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Briarwood Park Forest Patio Project is nearing Phase I completion. At the end of this week the landscape beds completion is on schedule. The picnic table concrete area and river bridge will be pressure washed and cleaned. More landscape timbers for creating stairs in the Park Trail are on schedule for Saturday.
Phase II will begin once the Office of Watershed Management delivers and installs the water meter. The old playground has been removed and the meter fee has been paid. It was expensive and our account has a negative balance.
Phase II will include placing landscape timbers and river rock for the trail walkway between the beds and installing the irrigation system. A new roof is going on the picnic tables. The community garden design includes decorative fencing around the perimeter. The Park Trail is a project by itself but it is on track to encircle the whole park.
Haven Construction, http://www.havenrei.com is preparing a proposal for a bathroom on the new playground. DeKalb County will review their proposal and coordinate the installation. Haven Construction has full artistic license to create whatever they like on the bathroom. The Friends of Briarwood Park’s only request was a time lock to close after sunset or thereabouts. Beggars can’t be choosers and Haven Construction’s name is on it. THANK YOU Haven Construction. DeKalb County continues construction of the pavilion, safety fencing and landscape of the new playground this week under the supervision of Revonda Moody, DeKalb Co. Parks and Rec.
We’d like to thank Ferguson Enterprises for the irrigation supplies and Revonda Moody from Dekalb County Parks and Rec who has been delightful. Additionally, Lowes, Buckhaven Construction, Casey Tree Experts and K&H Homes have been invaluable partners on this extremely tight time schedule. Please utilize all of our corporate sponsors any chance you get. In addition to supplying the needs of Briarwood Park, they are our neighbors. Thank you.
We work Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday starting at 9 am. Come by and help or just to say hello. We value your input.
Chad Boles, CFP®
Friends of Briarwood Park