By Valencia Jones

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The residents have spoken, and Brookhaven will use their input to move forward with a community lake center at Murphey Candler Park.

Residents told us they really enjoy the scenery. “I like what they’ve done with the park. I walk around here pretty much once or twice a day,” said Terry Muirheid. The city will now have a lake center to add to the scenery.

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“We didn’t know exactly what the building should contain. We said it was a community center, but what does that mean to the people? So we asked the people over the course of 10 months, ‘What is it that you want to see in this building?’” said Burke Brennan, a city spokesman.

They said they want restrooms, multi-purpose meeting rooms, and a nice view of the lake. The vision ties into a 2016 Master Plan implemented just a couple of years after Brookhaven became a city. “The community said it wanted to have better streets, better sidewalks, better parks,” Brennan said.

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So far, the city has approved $40 million for the plan out of the $80 million estimated cost. They earmarked close to $9 million of those funds for Murphey Candler Park improvements, including new playgrounds, gravel parking and boardwalks over the 135 acres. Of that $9 million, they designated just over a million dollars to construct the Community Lake Center.

Plans are in place to knock the Scout House down and build the lake center on the land behind it. “On the community center, I don’t know how much it will be used,” Muirheid said. He is among some residents who are a little skeptical of the lake center plans, but they like the big picture. “The park is better than it was years before when it wasn’t a city, and I think it will just continue to keep getting better.”

“It’s personally rewarding to be a part of a city that’s answering the needs of its community and fulfilling the vision and the mandate of its residents,” Brennan said.

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Officials say residents can expect more updates as the plans move forward.