A new park is coming to Downtown Fresno after city council members approved more than a million dollars to begin construction.
The empty dirt lot has been sitting at the corner of Calaveras and Fulton for many years. With new developments in the area, residents say it’s an eyesore and it’s taken too long to approve the construction of a new park.
“We definitely have been wanting it for a long time and it’s been talked about for a long time so I’m excited that it’s actually finally happening,” Ashley Cortes said.
Cortes owns a business and lives in Downtown Fresno, she says she’s tired of seeing an empty lot across from her home and business.
“I think a park will make it more of a neighborhood where people can gather and that’s really important,” Sirley Carballo said.
Fresno is rated as one of the cities with the least amount of parks and green space but last Thursday city council unanimously approved more than a million dollars to build the Cultural Art District Park.
“We need the green space not only to give people the opportunity to recreate but help improve their quality of life,” PARCS Director Manuel Mollinedo said.
The park will include a colorful stage area covered in canopies focusing on visual and performing arts. Special lighting will also be a part of the project.
“There are only point 4 acres of green space per 1,000 residents in that area. This will help us start dealing with the park shortage in our community,” Mollinedo said.
Most of the money for construction will come from state grants. City funds will be used for other fees and in about six to nine months residents will have a new park.
“We’re excited to hold gatherings, have block parties and BBQ’s this Summer,” Ashley Cortes.
Last month the city approved to adopt an existing park and improve a third one. It’s all part of the plan to have better parks available.