Renovations happening at Briarwood Park

The Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Dept. have been working on renovations at Briarwood Park recently. The facility has gotten much needed roof repairs and the interior has received a fresh coat of paint and an over all clean up. But the most impressive thing to date is the installation of a new court floor in the gym.10694223_299283586936303_4527354730922090835_o 10750172_299283583602970_159260453981277231_o






The Parks and Rec. Dept. is looking forward having an open house soon as well as re-opening the facility to the public and scheduling on going activities at the Center.

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Briarwood Park Conservancy gains non-profit status, attracts PowerDay event

by The Brookhaven Post

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Brookhaven, GA, August 7The Briarwood Park Conservancy (BPC) announced that after two years of existence they have received their official 501(c)3 status from the IRS.

Chad Boles of the BPC said, “The hard work of many people including the Board of Directors, hundreds of volunteer hours and money from the surrounding neighborhoods and very generous in-kind donations from local home builders and businesses have created this reality.”

With plans for another project this Fall, Boles adds tax deductible donations to fund park improvements can be made on the BPC website.

In other Briarwood Park news, Kurt Salmon and Associates, an Atlanta based global management consulting company, selected Briarwood Park for their upcoming 2014 PowerDay scheduled for Sept. 12, from 9 am-noon.

Powerday is a global initiative designed to promote social responsibility among its employees, alumni, clients and business partners. Last year nearly 100% of its global workforce of more than 1,400 professionals volunteered for some 80 projects at 46 charities in 13 countries.

“We couldn’t be happier Briarwood Park got the nod to host one of the many 2014 PowerDay events. The hard work of our volunteers and supporters really shows at the park and will attract more events in the future,” said Boles.

The BPC extends an invitation to anyone who would like to participate in park “TLC” days. BPC provides coffee, donuts and OJ for breakfast.

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Briarwood Barracudas end season with a bang !!

After a great first season, the Briarwood Barracudas finished off the season with a swim meet at Briarwood Park Saturday morning and continued with an awards ceremony and fun swim Saturday evening. Barracudas award banquet 017 Each one of the Barracudas was awarded a trophy

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and received special recognition from Coach Averya  highlighting his // her achievements during the season.  Barracuda swim team organizer and founder, Gina Gianfagna was given a standing ovation for all of her hard work this season and presented a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the Barracuda team. Barracudas award banquet 018 Pizza from Slice of Brookhaven as well as goodies from other local restuarants including Mad Mama Gourmet and Brookhaven Bistro were served with the swim team theme song playing in the background………….BARRACUDA by HEART of course !!

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Fundraiser To Benefit Briarwood Park Pool

Sponsored by Haven Insurance Group – by Stacey Miller Morris Realtor – 360 Venture Law
and hosted by Michael Sussman, Rob Turner, Stacey Morris, Gina Gianfagna, Kay Spencer, Kirk Martin, Steve Walker, Briarwood Park Conservancy, Briarwood Barracudas, the fundraiser for Briarwood Park swimming pool drew a crowd of over 100 adults and 50-60 children. A huge success, the event raised over $1200.00 to go towards improvements around the pool. Plates of some of the finest BBQ, smoked in a big green egg by grill master Michael Sussman, were sold @ $10.00 per plate (all you can eat) and raffles were held with contributions from surrounding businesses including Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, Slice of Brookhaven, Marguerites on Dresden, The Great Frame Up,and The Beer Growler Brookhaven. Huge thanks to our local businesses that participated!! Thanks to everyone who turned out for this event and made it a great success !! It was great fun !!

Visit our FaceBook Page, (see link on right side-bar) for a gallery of photos from the event.

What: Summer Kick-off BBQ and Pool Fundraiser    B'wood Barracudas 012
Where: Briarwood Park Pool
When: Wednesday – July 9,  2014                         6pm – 8pm

Details: Come join your neighbors for a fun evening of swimming relays, diving competitions, and Big Green Egg smoked BBQ! Plates of BBQ pork and turkey will be sold for $10 and there will be a silent auction. All money raised will be used to improve the aesthetics of the pool. Entry is free! Come enjoy the extended hours of the pool and help support our neighborhood Park          bpark-tree-logo1.jpg

Sponsors: Haven Insurance Group – by Stacey Miller Morris Realtor – 360 Venture Law

Hosts:  Michael Sussman, Rob Turner, Stacey Morris, Gina Gianfagna, Kay Spencer, Kirk Martin, Steve Walker, Briarwood Park Conservancy, Briarwood Barracudas. Briarwood Barracudas logo




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Parks Conveyance

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, June 25, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved the conveyance of ten parks to the City.  After nearly a year of legal discussions, property appraisals, and maintenance transfers, the City of Brookhaven finally has the license of the following parks:


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2. Blackburn Park

3. Briarwood Park

4. Clacks Corner Park

5. Georgian Hills

6. Lynwood Park

7. Murphey Candler

8. Parkside Park

9. Perimeter Trail Park

10. Skyland Trail Park

“I am glad that the City finally can move forward on the promises made to our citizens and develop some great projects around our parks & green spaces,” says Council  member Rebecca Williams.

By the end of 2014, the City will have acquired 14 parks and green spaces from DeKalb County.  An official ceremony will be held in the fall to celebrate the acquisitions.

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Briarwood Barracudas Welcome Statement

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Welcome to our inaugural season and thank you for being a part of the greatness!

As part of the Brookhaven Recreational Swim League, our dedicated coaches and volunteers are here to help swimmers learn, practice and refine freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly during the season.

We are here to promote sportsmanship, team spirit and FUN during practices and swim meets.

The swim team welcomes all swimmers who can complete 1 length (25 yards) of strokes determined by age group; ages 5 and above.

Go Barracudas!
Gina G.

Briarwood Barracudas
Swim Team Project Lead

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Briarwood Barracudas Gallery

Barracudas ladies checking on their times!

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The funnest management job ever.


Coach Averya getting her lanes ready for free style. Terrel enjoying the fun.


Richard giving stroke clinic tips and techniques.


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Briarwood Barracudas FAQ

Q. What is a swim meet, and how many are there?

A. A swim meet is an organized competition between swim teams. In our recreational league each swim team participates in five regular season meets, each one against one other swim team (these are called dual meets), and the end-of-the-season Championship Meet that includes all teams in the league as well as competitive leagues from around the city.

Q. How is a swim meet organized, and how long does it last?

A. A swim meet consists of 86 events. For example, event 1 is the age 6 and under girls 100 yard free style relay. Individual events may have several heats (races) since there are often more kids swimming than there are lanes. In our pool, we only have six lanes, so if 9 kids are swimming in an event, there will be two heats. It usually takes about 3-4 hours to complete a swim meet.

Q. What events will my child swim in?

A. Typically, children swim in 2 or 3 of the individual races and up to 2 relays. Your child will swim in races with other children of the same gender, in the same age group. The only exception to this is when a child “swims up,” or participates in a race with older children in order to fill an empty spot. A swimmer is not allowed to “swim down” for obvious reasons. You may request a specific event by asking the coaches, but please do not request that your child be removed from an event because they are not comfortable or proficient in their strokes. Summer league is a learning league and coaches are trying to broaden your child’s horizon. Coaches will not put your child in any events that they (the coaches) feel your child is incapable of swimming.

Q. Why are they writing on my child with a permanent marker?

A. Before the meet (and BEFORE APPLYING SUNSCREEN), parents or coaches write “E”, “H” , “L” and “S” with numbers on their arm or leg, oriented to the swimmer so that they can read it themselves and know what they are swimming. These letters stand for Event, Heat, Lane and Stroke. Other artistic drawings of marlins or creative (tasteful) expressions of competition are encouraged. Don’t worry; the ink will wear off in a day or so. We have had good luck taking off excessive writing with soap, baby oil, fingernail polish remover or GoJo.

Q. Why isn’t my child swimming in a relay?

A. This is probably best explained by an example. Take the freestyle relay, for instance, in which four swimmers participate. If there are only three swimmers in your child’s age/gender group, then there are not enough to make a relay team. If there are more than four swimmers, but less than eight, then there are only enough swimmers to make one relay team. In the latter case, the swimmers with the top four individual freestyle times are chosen for the relay team.

Q. Does it matter what order the medley relay or the IM go in?

A. Yes. For the medley relay the order is back, breast, fly, then free. For individual medley it is fly, back, breast, then free.

Q. What is the bullpen?

A. At the meets, we have 2 bullpens–the team bullpen and the deck. The one where the kids hang out for most of the meet is the team bullpen area. Parent volunteers (Bullpen Wranglers) help the kids make sure they don’t miss their events. A few minutes before their race, the kids move up to the Deck Manager to call their name and line them up in the right spot. One of the biggest headaches for our Bullpen Wranglers is hunting down little Johnny who’s gone off to play, or get a snack, or go to the bathroom. Please help your child understand that they should stay in the team bullpen area during the meet so that they will not miss an event. If your child needs to leave the bullpen for any reason, they should inform the Bullpen Wrangler as to where they are going.

Q. If I notice that my child is in the wrong lane, what do I do?

A. Often there are changes at the last minute that may affect heat and lane for a child’s race. We like to combine heats whenever possible to make the meets run faster, and there may be substitutions because of absent swimmers. If you think your child is in the wrong heat or lane for his/her race, ask the Head Coach or Deck Manager. Remember that what we write on their arm prior to the meet is not the final word on a child’s heat/lane. The Deck Manager has the most current list of where the swimmer should be.

Q. What happens if it is raining; do they cancel the meet?

A. No. The meets are rarely cancelled because rescheduling is a nightmare. Please show up at the scheduled time unless you get an e-mail telling you otherwise. Thunder will delay a meet, but it will be run eventually, rain or shine. If a meet is interrupted by a thunderstorm, the swim team representatives from each team will meet and agree how to proceed. If the meet is over the half-way point, they may decide to stop and call a winner. If it looks like rain, be sure to bring umbrellas, rain slickers and extra towels for your swimmer as well as yourself.

Q. Do I have to stay for the entire meet?

A. Maybe. Our league orders events so that relays are swum at the beginning and again at the end of the meet. If your child is on a relay team that swims at the end of the meet, they must stay and swim or else that relay team cannot compete. Having a relay team member leave early is particularly disappointing to the other relay swimmers if they are planning to swim and are told at the last minute that they do not have enough swimmers to make a relay team. You are encouraged to stay and cheer on our team through the end of the meet, but younger siblings may dictate that you must leave early. Unless you prevent the competing of a relay, you will be forgiven for not staying until the bitter end.

Q. What should I feed my child at the meet?

A. That is a little tricky. There is always junk food around the meet no matter how much we try to avoid it. Consider feeding your children a healthy protein breakfast (bananas and yogurt or something like that) right before the meet and then bring or buy them something to eat during the meet. Please check with the bullpen parent if you are taking your child away from the bullpen to buy them food to make sure they will not miss their events. Also, use common sense here. Please do not feed your child right before they swim an event, especially an Individual Medley.

Q. My 5 year old is swimming against kids that have already turned 7. Why?

A. The child’s age as of June 1st is what age they are considered to be for the whole season. Kids with summer birthdays may pass this age during the season, but they stay with the age group where they started. Every age group has at least 2 years of kids, so the younger kids in each age group are at a disadvantage. Help them understand that swim team has “off years” for the children. When they are 7 it is much harder to win against 8 year olds than when they are at the top of their age bracket. Reinforce to them that they should work on their personal best times and not worry about their place in the race.

Q. What about good sportsmanship?

A. This is a great place for parents to help. Talk with your children about this issue. I am always so proud of our kids not only when I see great races where we win, but also when I see us lose and shake hands with the other team’s swimmer, telling the winner, “good race.” Please help make this important to our kids. Also, during the meets, be friendly to the other team’s parents and complimentary whenever possible. It creates a positive environment for everyone. Our most fun meets have been with teams that have this same attitude

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Briarwood Barracudas Practice & Meet Schedule




Fri. June 20th – 6:30 – 7:30

Tue. June 24th – cancelled

Wed. June 25th 5:00 – 6:00

Thur. June 26th 6:30 -7:30 make-up for June 24th

Fri. June 27th – 6:30 -7:30                         Briarwood Barracudas logo

Tue. July 1st – 6:30 -7:30

Tue. July 8th – 6:30 -7:30

Fri. July 11th – 6:30 -7:30

Tue. July 15th – 6:30 -7:30

Fri. July 18th – 6:30 -7:30

Tue. July 22nd – 6:30 -7:30

Fri. July 25th – 6:30 -7:30


Sat. June 28th – 8:00am MOCK MEET @ MURPHEY-CANDLER (arrival 7:45am)

Sat. July 5 – NO MEET

Sat. July 12th – TBD

Sat. July 19th – TBD July 28th – TBD

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6 & Under Age
Jocelyn Axelrod 6
Kathleen Mattison 6
Patrick Oliver 6
Logan Coppler 5
Peighton Williams 5
 7 – 9
Samantha Weiner 7
Mid McDonald 7
Nicole Adams 7
Ananda Accardi 7
Kaylee Underwood 7
Vanessa Oliver 7
Hanley Levine 7
Luke Simonsen 7
Cole Dyess 8
Ethan Mitchell 8
Kara Croone 8
Jack McLellan 8
Miles Mattison 9
10 & Older
Lane Dyess 11
Olivia Mitchell 10
Jasmine George 11
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