Bill Banks For the AJC
Residents in southeast Decatur next to Dearborn Park became alarmed in recent weeks as surveyors began tagging trees on land that’s part of the old George Robinson estate.
Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said she doesn’t know who’s employing the surveyors, but assured residents the land won’t be developed. The estate, broken down into 13 properties, is fronted by the Dearborn Park trail which the city built a few years ago.
Both the trail and Robinson properties are inside city limits.
“To develop [the Robinson properties] the city would have to approve opening a road, which would mean taking out the trail,” she said. “We are not going to do that. Also, I don’t know why they’re tagging those trees because they can’t take them out either.
Wouldn’t it be ashamed to lose the following trees:
Friends of Dearborn Park. It was formed in 2007. Over the course of 5 years, 2008-2012, our main objective was just to get the green space cleared to a point where you could actually walk in the area. This involved working with County and City officials, Park Pride, volunteers and various other stakeholders. Once a year our project was of clearing invasive species, cutting down and pulling up ivy and clearing out trash including old tires, etc. This was a huge undertaking and allowed the City to be able to build the path that we have now. Over the years people such as myself have even developed unofficial dirt paths on both sides of the creek. In addition, Friends of Dearborn Park was able to procure a matching grant so that we could replace the playground equipment with what you now see. Over the years we have planted trees and continue to clear the paths of invasive species and perform general clean up.
Friends of Dearborn Park would like to create exciting opportunities to work together as a community, to create a vision together and increase connectivity. Parks, greenspaces and trails create opportunities to bridge gaps and barriers within and betweenindividuals, neighborhoods and business districts.
Dearborn Park should function as part of a system that supports healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment using a systematic approach.
Collaborations: DeKalb County Parks & Rec and Decatur, Georgia, nonprofit, business, philanthropic and community partners are central to our success and help us achieve a greater impact.
Respect: Each individual has intrinsic value that deserves recognition and respect. We demonstrate respect through active listening, passion with politeness and openness to multiple perspectives.
Inclusivity: People of all ages and backgrounds have important voices that should be heard. Parks are for everyone.
Friends of Dearborn Park is committed to preserving and improving Dearborn Park for residents located in Midway Woods and surrounding areas. Dearborn Park is located at:
1301 Deerwood Dr., Decatur Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
It includes 7 Acres, Basketball court, multi-use court, playground and picnic areas.
We are working to make to improve, but not develop this park. Midway Woods neighbors have decided that they do not want the Disneyfication of this park and would like to keep as much of it as a passive area as possible. DeKalb County announced in June 2013 that they would be installing benches throughout the park.
This will be a nice addition as the park.