I’m glad to read the city is applying for grants to improve our parks, but the city can act on its own, while awaiting state money.
The Parks Master Plan, which will be updated as part of the recently approved City of Fresno General Plan 2035, should include working with Fresno Unified School District to use school grounds for park space, when school is not in session.
This plan should also prioritize investment in communities with a lack of green space, and in established parks with the most need. “Parks” that are lacking in shade structures, benches, drinking fountains and restrooms, should be at the top of the list for improvement.
Finally, the city needs to stop placing parks near freeways. As much as children need green spaces to run, jump, and enjoy the outdoors; increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution increases the already high rates of asthma and chronic diseases, and has long term adverse effects.
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The city correctly asserts that neighborhoods contribute to our health. Where we live truly affects how we live. Let’s make sure we are creating one healthy Fresno by investing in neighborhoods that have been left behind. Stay tuned.