We (Santosh, Goutham, Akbar and Selvaraj) arranged a meeting with our community people and leaders in Baiyppanahalli to share our ideas on the park project. Around 25 to 30 people showed up for the meeting. We explained our park project through the 3d models and power point. We also showed videos of different people we interviewed in our community.
Glorie Aunty gave an introduction and explained the project and asked for people’s participation.
Akbar, showed his power point presentation and Selvaraj walked through the 3D animation that the group had created about the playground.
The men, women and youth of the community enjoyed and liked it. After the presentation we got lots of feedback from them. Some said, “we liked your plan and we are really exited and we want to join with you”. Someone suggested that, “somebody has to take care of the park like keeping the security guards and manage park timings” and “we like to see the same output as your models”. Many of people asked for community buildings and marriage hall before the park project saying that that is more important. We said that we would like to start with something small and be successful and then take up the bigger issues.
We were worried that people would resist the idea but we were surprised how ready they were to join us in the project. The Thlaivar (community leader) was a big surprise because he completely changed his mind after the presentation. Before he wanted to cover the park up by making a marriage hall and an office for himself but after listening to our presentation he changes his mind and agreed by saying, “we will give you all kinds of support for your project”.
After the meeting many people asked when we would start. They also wanted the copy of the presentation to share with their friends in the community who could not make the meeting. We made a list of resource people at the end of the meeting so we can use their skills in the creation of the park.