For a number of years, the park officials put on a special Halloween event which, until recently, consisted of rides through the park at night. It was scary and a great way to show off the park. In the past few years, however, the event has been gradually moving down the street closer to where the houses are than to where the park entrance is. This year there are kleig lights across the street from the first house down from the park and another series of kleig lights a little further up the street, pointed in the direction of the houses. It is as if there is not this 640 acre park up the street.
Now, I think it is great that the DCR has functions for the public that draw attention to its great resources, but that is not what this event has become. In addition, it would be so easy and resonable to do this event by moving it back up to the park where it originally was so there would be less disruption to the neighborhood. But the DCR apparently is clueless or do not care.
This may seem trivial to some people out there, but to the people who live in this neighborhood, it is not. Like I said, IT IS WHERE THEY LIVE. In addition, what I have described is just one of a long series of actions by the DCR in this neighborhood that seem to ignore what effect their actions might have on the people who live here. The residents have complained, but their complaints get nowhere. So much for the grassroots and so much for the little people mattering.