Thanks to residents, youth leaders and the several community organizations that provided the vision and the passion, the city of Fresno and the Fresno Unified and Central Unified school districts took a significant step toward improving the city’s parks crisis by agreeing to open 16 schools on weekends.
This will immediately offer more recreational and healthy options for families. There’s no doubt, more green places and spaces are good for all residents. The question now is where’s the plan to make sure the city builds on this progress?
The city needs to involve the community and create a parks master plan that addresses the lack of park space throughout our city. Opening up the schools is start, but it’s only one step and it’s not permanent. This is a temporary program.
To create one healthy Fresno, the city will need the community’s input to create a comprehensive and thorough parks master plan.
Kevin D. Hamilton, Fresno