Mount Vernon Park was donated by developers of an adjacent low-income housing complex but was never fully developed. The 7-acre property is on a steep hillside and does not have parking, restrooms, or other park amenities.
A few hundred feet of a trail that leads nowhere, a bench and a few garbage receptacles are the only things on site.
Some objected to selling off the only park in that part of Auburn but park officials say the $400,000 from the sale will be used to upgrade more heavily utilized parks in the district.
Public testimony from senior housing advocates about the hardships seniors face in finding a place to live also influenced the decision.