I presented to the Glen Iris Neighborhood meeting last night and it did not go the way I had hoped. The Botanical Gardens had a rep. speak just before me about new saplings and reforestation efforts in the park…I almost got up and walked out. There were some members who thought we were doing a positive thing and this was the proper use of the park…and there were some who might as well have labeled me as a repeat park molester.
They invited me to come back to the next meeting and present a proposed course, but I declined as I could see the writing on the wall. Frustrating, indeed.
Please do not call or e-mail anyone regarding this matter. I have a good relationship with the Birmingham Parks and Rec. Dept. and ultimately I saw that this venue could destroy that. Unfortunately, we live in a world where negative press trumps anything you do that is positive, so be it.
So, the recurring theme for this year continues…find another venue…and I will.