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Group wants to preserve PDK greenspace BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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The future of nearly 30 acres of woodland west of Clairmont Road has become the focus of citizens who want to preserve it. “I want to talk about DeKalb County taking responsibility for permanently protecting this 30 acres of land in Ashford Park,” said Debra Kidd, who was speaking at a Sept. 28 town hall meeting presented by the North DeKalb Greenspace Alliance. Up until about a year and a half ago, the land in question served as a “Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)” for a small cross-runway at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. That runway was closed, meaning the airport no longer needs the 30 acres across Clairmont Road from PDK as a protection zone. “Since DeKalb County already owns the land, we believe it should be straightforward for them to designate it as permanent passive greenspace,” Kidd continued. In a letter addressed to citizens that urged them to attend the town hall, Larry Foster, communications director of PDK Watch, wrote, “Now that the airport no longer needs the land as an RPZ, the FAA recently approved PDK’s request to release the land back to DeKalb County (its original ownSEE GROUP WANTS, PAGE 4 PHIL MOSIER

Sarah Cooper, 7, hopes the training wheels come off soon as she practices riding her bicycle in Lynwood Park on Sept. 28. Sarah, along with her five-year-old brother Evan, was getting a lesson from her parents, Laura and Ian Cooper. Another photo on page 5.

Longtime resident watches as Lynwood Park changes BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Cassandra Bryant

“It’s looking good, it’s looking good,” Cassandra Bryant said as she sat one recent morning in her Lynwood Park Recreation Center office. The longtime Lynwood Park area resident and center director was referring to the remodeling of the building now that Brookhaven’s parks have been transferred from DeKalb County to the city. She’s worked at the center for nearly 10 years, after retiring from General Motors as a trainer on the assembly line. Before her stint at GM, Bryant also worked

at the center. And that’s not even where her history with the building begins. Until 1969, when it was desegregated, the building was Lynwood Park Elementary and High School, located in DeKalb’s oldest black community, according to the book “African-American Life in DeKalb County” by Herman “Skip” Mason Jr. Bryant attended the school until seventh grade, when she moved to Cross Keys High School as DeKalb schools deSEE LONGTIME RESIDENT, PAGE 5

NORTH DEKALB GREENSPACE ALLIANCE

Citizens want to preserve nearly 30 acres of woodland near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

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