After the donation of over 100 acres of land by Mr. Fred Wilson and 35 acres from Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Long in 1950, a multi-year planning and park construction process began. After further donations and much coordination from local civic and service organizations, the park was finally opened on January 31, 1954, at Ashford Dunwoody, where the access road was to be built. Murphy Candler Park was the only park servicing north Dekalb County for many years, where it remains the largest park to this day.
The trail around the lake is approximately 1.5 miles and offers many great views of the lake, wooded swamp, picnic pavilions, and the lower sporting fields that stay busy day-in and day-out with local leagues playing anything from football to baseball. Recent renovations to the trail include widening many of the narrower sections, easier grading, and softer wood chip surfaces to encourage less able-bodied visitors to enjoy the secluded portion of the trail. Vegetation control is courtesy of a moving fenced area of goats, which can be entertaining for visitors who walk the border of the lake.
This quintessential park in north Brookhaven has everything a neighborhood park should have and will be a testament to city planning in Georgia for generations to come. Many families clamor to own a house close to the park, and any visitors will easily see why.