Coordinates: 33°54′40″N 84°19′28″W / 33.91117°N 84.324532°W / 33.91117; -84.324532
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Park in Brookhaven, Georgia, United States
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1551 West Nancy Creek Drive
135 acres (55 ha)
Murphey Candler Park is a 135-acre multi-use park located in Brookhaven, Georgia, United States. The park is owned and operated by the City of Brookhaven. Park amenities include multi-use fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a playground, picnic areas, a lake, and trails. Youth sports are offered through baseball, softball, and football programs that operate through the park. The lake at Murphey Candler Park offers fishing, and it is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish. The lake is also home to Canada Geese, Mallards, other ducks and beavers.
Atlanta Colts Youth Association (ACYA) was established at Murphey Candler Park by Robert Johnson in 1965. While the Atlanta Colts were originally a Pop Warner franchise, it was discontinued in the 1990s. ACYA offers football programs for children in 1st through 7th grades, including traveling try-out teams (the Colts), interleague football, and flag football. Cheerleading is offered for girls in 1st through 7th grades. ACYA has won 121 league and bowl championships, and 9 national championships, since its founding.
Murphey Candler Baseball (MCB) is a non-profit, all-volunteer Dizzy Dean Baseball program for children aged 4–12 established in 1958. MCB establishes formal boundaries from which the program can draw players. The boundaries include most of northeast DeKalb County, Dunwoody, Chamblee, and Doraville, and parts of Tucker and Briarcliff. The boundaries also include Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County and parts of Sandy Springs in Fulton County. Major Division tournament teams have won four state championships, twelve District 9 championships, and one 10-year-old state championship.
Murphey Candler Girls Fastpitch, known formally as Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association (MCGSA), provides a supervised girls\' fastpitch softball program for girls aged 5–16. MCGSA offers traveling teams as well as t-ball. Founded in 1968, MCGSA was the first girls fastpitch softball program in Atlanta.
Home of the Murphey Candler Swim Team and the birthplace of the Dynamos, Murphey Candler Pool was the only true 50 meter outdoor Olympic size pool in Georgia when it was built.
The Murphey Candler Swim team competed against local county swim teams from Briarwood Pool located in the Brookhaven community of Dekalb county and the swim team located at Chastain Park in Fulton county.
The Dynamo Swim Club accomplishments since the club`s inception in 1964 at Murphey Candler Pool have been extensive from winning state, regional and national team titles to setting national age group records to achieving American records and world ranked times, Dynamo swimmers have enjoyed success at every level of competitive swimming.
When Dekalb county let the Murphey Candler pool fall into disrepair, and modified the pool so that it was no longer an Olympic size, the Dynamos relocated to the 1996 Olympic training and swim center located in Chamblee, GA.
Murphey Candler Park is also the name of the residential neighborhood surrounding the park. The homes were built beginning in 1954, and continuing until around 1970. Most of the homes are two-story traditionals or ranches built by Jim Cowart. The neighborhood is bounded by the Dunwoody city limits on the north, West Nancy Creek Drive on the south, Old Johnson Ferry Road on the west, and the city limits of Chamblee (at Chamblee Dunwoody Road) on the east. The neighborhood includes two DeKalb County schools: Montgomery Elementary School and Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers (formerly Nancy Creek Elementary School). The neighborhood feeds into the Chamblee Charter High School cluster.