FRESNO, California (KGPE) – While most would love to live near a neighborhood park, many who live around Orchid Park in northwest Fresno say it’s been a nightmare on weekends.
The park, which is located along W. Fir Avenue, is north of Herndon and Valentine.
Residents near Orchid Park say it’s impossible to leave and enter their neighborhood due to traffic and illegally parked cars despite no parking signs.
“It is crazy! There are multiple soccer games going on with the elementary school and then with the city,” said Amy Rossy.
Rossy doesn’t even live in the neighborhood but brings her kids often to the park. On Saturdays, Rossy says she gets to the park early for her kids’ games.
“You just have all the cars parking where they are not supposed too. They stop in the middle of the road,” said Rossy. “So I’ve always wondered is if the city going to do something, Or is the police department going to tow them or ticket them?”
“Yes the residents are right. This is a major problem,” said Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi.
“We don’t want to punish parents for being good parents, but we don’t want someone hit, especially a child.”
Karbassi says on weekends Fresno Parks Department runs a youth program, but so does another league at the nearby elementary school. The two programs together make parking a mess.
The councilman says he is currently working on a solution with the parks department.
“Whether it’s expanding parking, or working with Folkner Elementary, or Fresno Unified to be able to deal with the parking situation. Let’s have the cars park on the blacktop during the weekend. We have to find a practical solution to this problem.”
But what about Fresno Police? Why are they not giving out tickets?
A spokesperson tells CBS47 the department received several calls about the illegal parking this past month. Officers say even though there are higher priority calls, if people continue to park illegally, citations will be given.