New park opens in Brookhaven

A new park featuring a playground, bocce ball court, sheltered pavilion, water fountains for people and pets, and walking trails is now open in Brookhaven.

Langford Park, located at 1174 Pine Grove Ave., officially opened to the public on May 31. A dedication ceremony was held on June 7 where Brookhaven officials, as well as family and friends of the Langford family, shared how the park got its name.

The property where the park now stands once belonged to the Langford family. The park is a tribute to Robert C. “Bob” Langford, who grew up in the family home formerly on the site. Langford died serving in the Vietnam War and a memorial featuring his name, as well as others he served with, was erected at the park.

“It is fitting that we honor the service of the veteran this park is named for so soon after Memorial Day,” said Madeleine Simmons, councilwoman for District 3, where the park is located. “We’re thankful to the Langford family for selling this land to the city, rather than a developer, for the benefit of the community It will be a joy to see the neighborhood enjoying this lovely space.”

After the dedication ceremony, family and friends laid roses on the stone memorial plaque which bears Langford’s name.

According to Brookhaven officials, the $1.1 million project was approved in 2022, in accordance with the Langford Park Master Plan.

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