As part of $40M upgrade, Brookhaven parks will soon get a little love

Two months after approving tax hikes for park upgrades, Brookhaven residents could soon see changes.

At a city council meeting Tuesday, officials approved a $201,226 contract with Ed Castro Landscape for invasive plant removal throughout Brookhaven’s park system and greenspaces, city officials announced.

The landscape company is expected to remove 25 non-native species including kudzu, English ivy, mimosa and privet bamboo by the end of the summer.

The Roswell-based landscaper maintains work for Barrett and Jamestown parks in College Park and Glenwood Park in Atlanta.

The money is part of the $40 million to upgrade the city’s parks that voters approved on Nov. 6, raising property taxes to foot the bill.

The average homeowner will pay about $98 each year for 30 years to pay off the bond.

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The money will finance new or renovated amenities like pools, community centers and mixed-use trails at six parks. There will be additional security features, Wi-Fi and invasive plant removal at all 11 Brookhaven parks.

The city is also in the process of selecting a project manager to manage the rest of the parks projects. A recommendation is expected to be made at the Jan. 22. city council meeting. The city is also expected to consider appointments to the Brookhaven Parks Bond Citizen Oversight Board.

So far, the city has received 15 applications for the five-member committee.

Staff reporter Tia Mitchell contributed to this report.

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