Another protest of the city’s abandonment and sale of part of Helmerich Park drew a few dozen people Tuesday, even as the next step in the legal battle was taken by those opposed to the deal. “We filed a second lawsuit, which we filed actually again today, we perfected that lawsuit and filed it today,” former Mayor Terry Young told KRMG Tuesday. “So there are two lawsuits pending before Judge Jefferson Sellers. He has set a hearing for June 1st on the consolidation of those two lawsuits into one. We basically allege that the city council had no right to sell this land, and demand that the city council act as the duly elected officials of the city to recover this land as city park land.” The new filing drops several allegations of violations of open meetings laws, Young says, because of the difficulty and complexity of proving those claims. Meanwhile, he’s confident that the lawsuit will halt the development until it’s resolved. “It would be quite unusual if it happened, because a lawsuit creates a cloud on the title to the land. And as you know, lenders want to know that clear title exists before they will lend money on a project, even on buying a home. And as long as the lawsuit is pending, either in the district court or in the court of appeals, if we necessarily have to go there - or even to the state supreme court - there’s a cloud on the title. If they were to close with that cloud, it would be very unusual.” Young says the River Parks Authority was created in 1974, with a clear purpose. “The intention (was) that everything between Riverside Drive and the river bank was going to be preserved as open space and operated for park purposes. That’s really the story of all of River Parks, a part of which Helmerich Park is, and it’s our goal to see to it it stays that way.” The council voted March 1st to abandon 8.8 acres of the park. REI Sporting Goods plans to build a retail development on the land.