Residents speak out after noticing an increase of mosquitoes at Robinson Park

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A central Fresno park is causing concerns for residents. They say some standing water has caused an increase of mosquitoes.

Neighbors say it’s happening at Robinson Park, near Fresno and Barstow.

For the last few months Debi Franklin says it’s been nearly impossible to take her morning walk in this park because of this standing water.

She noticed an increase of mosquitoes and says she does not want to take a chance of getting bit.

“We’ve been complaining about this water puddling for about 5 to 6 months now,” says Franklin.

Franklin has lived near Robinson Park for more than 20 years. She says she’s reported the problem several times, but hasn’t seen any action.

What’s worse, Franklin says the standing water is next to a kindergarten playground and says children are getting bit.

“Somebody needs to do something and us neighbors in this area are trying to,” she said.

George Pennycook, who’s lived near the park almost 40 years agrees. He’s worried about the viruses mosquitoes can spread.

“I heard that we had the West Nile virus in our area and even though we have mosquitoes, it’s even worse, plus it’s next to the kindergarten playground,” says Pennycook.

But residents say the mosquitoes are not the only problem. They say the trees are overgrown and are blocking the lamp posts.

Neighbors say they have also noticed an increasing number of homeless people sleeping there.

Tyler Maxwell, who’s running for the Fresno City Council District 4 seat, says that’s why he’s trying to bring awareness.

“This biggest issue for the families living in this neighborhood is this park, they don’t feel safe using this park, they don’t feel comfortable letting (kids) play,” he explained.

But current District 4 Councilmember Paul Caprioglio says the issues are being handled. He says the sprinkler is the problem and it will be fixed.

Caprioglio says they are also working on putting up “no trespassing” signs and getting the trees trimmed.

“We’re going to remedy this and make is a more beautiful pleasant park,” says Caprioglio.

We reached out to the city and they say the mayor’s office became aware of the issues this weekend and will look into them on Monday.

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