BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)

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The City of Brookhaven announces the cancellation of the 2021 Lynwood Park Community Day, planned for May 1, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For over 40 years, Lynwood Park Community Day has been an annual day of celebration when the community gathers and remembers the historic importance of Lynwood. That is why canceling this year’s event was such a difficult decision, but the committee must prioritize the health and safety of all,” said District 1 Councilwoman Linley Jones who represents the Lynwood Park community.  “Next year, we hope to be beyond this pandemic and to hold this important community celebration in the usual, joyous way.”

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The Lynwood Park Community Day is an annual celebration of the Lynwood Park neighborhood, which was established in the early 1930s and was the first Black subdivision in DeKalb County. Residents throughout the following years suffered discrimination and segregation. The celebration allows for new and former residents of the community to gather as one and reflect on the significance of Lynwood Park’s history.

In October of 2020, the Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved an official historic designation for Lynwood Park and its community. This is the first historic designation made by the City.

“Although the Lynwood Park Community Day is canceled for this year, we encourage everyone to safely enjoy Lynwood Park and its amenities until we can celebrate together again,” said District 1 Councilmember Linley Jones.

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“When we get out of the pandemic, hopefully by this summer, we are going to have one hell of a celebration in Brookhaven,” said Mayor John Ernst.