Parks continue to be a huge priority for Fresno community groups, city leaders

Parks continue to be a huge priority for Fresno community groups, city leaders


KEN: NEW AT FIVE. IN SOUTHWEST FRESNO … OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND ON A NEW .. B-M-X PARK… IT’S THE LATEST EFFORT… TO BRING MORE PARKS… TO THE CITY. nats: “two! Three!” KEN: THE .. CONSTRUCTION GOT UNDERWAY… AT THE “MARY ELLA BROWN COMMUNITY CENTER.” CBS 47’S “DENNIS VALERA”… JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO. DENNIS, THE MAYOR’S OFFICE… IS WORKING ON A PARKS INITIATIVE FOR .. NEXT YEAR. THEY ARE, WE DON’T KNOW EXACT DETAILS. BUT THE PLAN IS TO GET IT DONE… BY THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE. PARKS OVERALL IS A PRIORITY FOR MANY ON CITY COUNCIL RIGHT NOW. TODAY’S GROUNDBREAK ING… WASN’T THE ONLY PARKS-RELATED THING ON THE CITY’S SCHEDULE. sot/no cg 19;00 – 19;05 “that honestly saved me, like, stopped me from doing all the things i’ve done before, y’know?” FOR REY YBARRA… FRESNO’S B-M-X PARK AT THE SAL MOSQUEDA COMMUNITY CENTER… HELPED HIM STAY ON TRACK. KNOWING THE GOOD IT BROUGHT HIM… HE HELPED START THE WORK TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE IN THE CITY. Rey Ybarra/Parks Supporter 17;18 – 17;29 “they asked us about building another park. And we decided, me and another friend decided the west side of town really needs something like this. Y’know, for all the kids, keep them out of trouble. Give them something to look up to.” THE PARK IS PART OF FRESNO BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES…OR B-H-C’S… PARKS-4-ALL CAMPAIGN. THE PROCESS INCLUDED A LOT OF COMMUNITY INPUT… Kimberly McCoy/Community Director, Fresno BHC 30;04 – 30;10 “bmx-ers speak a very different language that we do, but they figured it out and guess what? We followed their lead.” AS WELL AS COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY. PARKS HAS BEEN A STRONG ITEM ON CITY COUNCIL’S AGENDA THIS YEAR… WITH SOME MEMBERS…LIKE NELSON ESPARZA… TRYING TO BRING STATE GRANT DOLLARS… TO IMPROVE SOME PARKS… LIKE QUIGLEY PARK AND RADIO PARK. SOME IN ESPARZA’S DISTRICT… SOWED THE SEEDS FOR A COMMUNITY GARDEN AT ROMAIN PARK TODAY. ESPARZA SAYS FOR THE CITY TO MAKE ANY IMPROVEMENT… IT’LL NEED TO INVEST. Nelson Esparza/Fresno City Councilman, District 7 27;18 – 27;27 “i’ll look forward to supporting a measure that provides us funding for those different types of department, ’cause all of our departments are spread thin on the funding side.” CONSTRUCTION FOR THE B-M-X PARK IS SET TO END BY DECEMBER. WITH A RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED BY THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. LIVE IN STUDIO, DENNIS VALERA, CBS 47 EYEWITNESS NEWS. THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF

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