Saturday, November 25, 2006

Not Everyone Likes All Parks

The issue is one of control and rightly so.

Wilton wary of big park proposal
Some welcome it, but others fear changes in their country lifestyle -- and park district's role.
By Christina Jewett - Bee Staff WriterPublished 12:00 am PST Saturday, November 25, 2006

A sprawling park planned for an open meadow in Wilton has sparked opposition from residents who suggest the swings and slide could lead to a free fall into urban growth.

While the 97-acre Dillard Ranch Park proposed by the Cosumnes Community Services District would be a welcomed oasis in many places, many residents say it smacks of big-city intrusion into Wilton, where the sky is big and government is small.

"I am not for it," 20-year-old Wiltonite Lynnee Raney said flatly. "This is the country. The country is supposed to stay the country."

The park district, formerly known as the Elk Grove Community Services District, bought the land at Wilton and Dillard roads about a year ago, and has indefinite plans to build a community center and ball field, said district spokesman Steve Capps.

Because the land is beyond the district's 157-square-mile boundary, the park would have to be annexed, Capps said.