That doesn't satisfy Loes and other park preservationists, who believe the city's "no immediate plans" posture is disingenuous. "I want this to be around for my kids," Loes says. As he negotiates his way through the thistle and buckthorn by the edge of the river, he vows to press on with his crusade. "This is a great place," he adds. "And I'm not going to wait to do something until it's too late."