I feel like there are two different kinds of reactions people have whenever they encounter a metal detectorist in the local park or elsewhere in the local community. The first kind of person a metal detectorist may meet are curious spectators. They are interested about what you are doing and what kinds of things you find underground. They may even have a few questions about the capabilities of your equipment. The other classification of people are sometimes curious as well, but they are usually interested in making sure that you are not creating giant pot holes in the park, and these people are very justified in doing so. I believe that community land can be shared by everyone as long as we all share the responsibility of taking care of it. I have never actually had anyone approach me with any kind of negativity over digging, and I owe that mostly due to the fact that I take great care to save my plugs and fill all my holes so that there is virtually no evidence of my excavation. Also I am very quick to show people all the sharp rusty metal objects that I remove from the ground, and I explain to people that detectorist like myself make our parks cleaner safer places to enjoy. When building relationships with the community and non-detectorist it doesn’t hurt to have some business cards promoting a free ring finding service. In short owning a metal detector is a great way to meet people in the community, and if you don’t have a metal detector talk to the people that you see out there detecting. You may be surprised to find out what is just under foot. They may even be able to help you locate something that you have lost.