Hundreds of Mount Royal residents turned out to a meeting on Tuesday night to get more information about the proposed sale of public parkland to philanthropist Don Taylor.

The small sliver of greenspace provides a view of the city that resident Kathryne Foster says should remain open to the public.

Mount Royal greenspace

Some neighbours are opposed to the city selling this bit of greenspace in Mount Royal to a private citizen. (CBC)

"It's the equivalent of having space to look at the fireworks, collect as a community. I mean greenspace shouldn't be for sale."

Taylor already owns half an acre of adjacent land and wants to buy, or lease, the parkland which is about 2,000 square feet.

"There's a park next to the land and there's a lot of mischief goes on there at nighttime, and I don't particularly want it right up against my home," Taylor said. "I kind of thought I was enhancing the quality of Mount Royal. Apparently Mount Royal doesn't think so."

City deal

Taylor says he thought he already had a deal with the city dating back to 2006 when he chipped in to help build a retaining wall around the parkland on the condition he be allowed to buy it at a later date at market value.

"I'm trying to be a good citizen and sometimes it's pretty tough to be one," Taylor said.

 Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley admits mistakes were made and that's why the city facilitated last night's meeting.

He said there will more meetings before any final decisions are made.