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Onlookers in Brookhaven watch as demolition begins on the old vital records building to make way for the new Skyland Park.

Work is officially underway for a new park and new school in the city of Brookhaven.

City council members, DeKalb County Board of Education members, media and Brookhaven residents came out Monday morning to hear the latest plans for the city’s new Skyland Park. The new park will be located next door to where the current Skyland Park is located at 2630 Skyland Dr NE after the demolition of the old vital records building is complete.

“Several months ago, the city was approached by the DeKalb Board of Education with an intriguing proposal,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “They needed land for a school to help with overcrowding occurring along the Buford Highway Corridor and we had plans to build brand new parks. The board will get the land that is currently Skyland Park for John Lewis Elementary and Brookhaven will get this land right next door for a brand new park.”

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A rendering shows some of the amenities that will be installed at the new Skyland Park in Brookhaven.

The new school, John Lewis Elementary, will alleviate overcrowding amongst Cross Keys cluster students said DeKalb County Board of Education member Marshall Orson. “We realize this cluster is one in Brookhaven that has been underinvested and over the next few years, we’ll be spending $150 million to construct two elementary schools, renovate what is currently Cross Keys into a middle school and build a new state-of-the-art high school for this cluster,” added Orson. “One thing that has really changed under Superintendent Stephen Green is the kind of partnerships we’re getting into and this one best exemplifies how we want to move forward and have positive working relationships with city governments, local groups and more.”

Construction of the new 4-acre Skyland Park is expected to be completed next year and will cost more than $3 million.

Amenities will include:

-Two sand volleyball courts

-Two picnic shelters

-New restroom facilities

-Large open field

-Two shade structures that will also serve as charging stations for the public and will include solar panels

-A large and small dog park

-Designated parking and charging stations for electric cars

-A natural playground under a canopy of trees

Check back with Neighbor News Online for more information on these developing projects.

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