I hope Fresno's shameful ranking as the worst city for park space and access among 60 large cities ("Fresno ranks last ... for parks, playgrounds," Fresno Bee, June 1) is a call to action. Our growing community clearly needs and deserves more parks for walking, running, cycling, horseback riding, wheelchair access and recreation.
One immediate solution that will add about 500 acres of new parkland is ready for our consideration. River West Fresno, located along the San Joaquin River west of Highway 41, is moving through the public approval process right now. The San Joaquin River Conservancy, lead agency, has the funds to construct this next section of the San Joaquin River Parkway. This will be the first major extension of the Parkway's Eaton Trail since 1998. How much longer must we wait?
I urge you to join the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust and attend a public meeting on the project EIR from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Avenue. Your input can help ensure that functional public and vehicle access, parking, recreational trails and bicycle commuting routes are included in the park plan. Please support River West Fresno.