Working as an intern, I recently was an integral part in helping try to develop an existing parcel of open land (donated by the developer) into a park.
We received a grant so we thought we'd use it to develop a park in a neighborhood that lacked one. It was nothing major...just a basketball shot-around, bocce ball area, gazebo, a few bike paths, and adding a few trees.
So we send the notices of our intentions to develop this land as a park to area residents. And what do we get? 95% of the people, very angry, not wanting it developed into parkland in any way. We have since decided to abandon the idea for now.
So how do you deal with this? Have you ever dealt with this? I can see people being pissed about a Wal-Mart going up in their backyard. But a few recreational amenities?!?!?!
I guess their loss, though, right?