"Once it's gone it's gone forever," Mary Verel said.
The land that could be gone is right here at 2 Nearwater Road in Rowayton and nearly 150 residents came out to Wednesday's meeting of the Sixth Taxing District to asks the commissioner's for help in preserving the land.
"Open space cannot be made or gotten back. It has to be recognized as valuable to the greater good. I hope that you'll help us save it [referring to 2 Nearwater Road], said Sarah Balsley of Rowayton.
One by one residents voiced their support for the Norwalk Land Trust's efforts to purchase the land from local architect Bruce Beinfield and turn it into a bird sanctuary.
Priscilla Teral of Rowayton said, "I'm really hoping that the land proposed, and it's such a small little area, that it be left open not only as open space, but as habitat condusive for bird life and other wildlife."
Shirley Nichols serves as Excutive Director of the Darien Land Trust. "In 100 years the details of how this land was preserved will not matter. All that will matter that this iconic view has been preserved and the heart of the nature preserve will remain."
"It would take very little to destroy an enormous opportunity," added another resident in support of open space in the community.
The property is part of the Pine Point Association, which last month voted against the NLT plan.
Spencer Hempleman, a Pine Point Association member, voiced his objections during the meeting. "Parents and myself are concerned that it will open up traffic flow through the community."
Many suggested a compromise, removing the public parking and allowing only walking traffic. Beinfield was not present at the meeting to comment.
"I would like to see it incorporated into the Farm Creek Preserve so that we can continue to enjoy nature and open space," said Leslie Siek, a member of the Pine Point Association and the Norwalk Land Trust.
Residents also felt as though the commissioners should take a hands on approach.
"I think the turn out tonight makes it obvious that the district thinks you should be involved," said Ed Hynes.
The Sixth Taxing District commissioners made it clear their authority is limited in the case of private property but are interested in facilitating a compromise.