Coming back from Scotland, reading this in a different mindset, I think it's not "counter-intuitive" at all. The developers probably catered for freaks like me who'll just want to go out into the big wilderness where there's no civilisation, football games, beer, smoke, etc, and just want to enjoy nature at it's best.
Suddenly, the geyser park seems like a lovely idea in the game, don't you think? Quite often I happened to think that one geyser park is not much anyway.
Bloody hell, you can tell it's the Seventies! Every man looks like Jesus!