I have been thinking a lot about parks since our visit to Savannah. I absolutely loved Forsyth Park. It is a gathering place for all kinds of people to do all kinds of things -- including multiple athletic activities, not just softball, or just golf.
Charlottesville is missing a central park. Our closest analog is the Downtown Mall, but a problem with the Mall is (ironically) its lack of public space. In particular, there are hardly any benches or tables, other than those attached to the restaurants. This means that there is nowhere on the Mall that you can sit and have a picnic (except for the Pavilion, but only if it's not being used).
But we do not have an all-purpose park where people can play, amble, sit, watch, listen.
I assume that the delays in the planning process are tied to the uncertainty regarding the Meadowcreek Parkway. I will cross my fingers that if (when) the Parkway is finally approved and built, the park will be redesigned in a way that makes it more inviting to more people. That is some beautiful green space that should become a more central part of our community.