How did building a BMX Bike Park in Southwest Fresno become a goal?

How did building a BMX Bike Park in Southwest Fresno become a goal? 

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Through our #Parks4All efforts, CNCEF in partnership with Building Healthy Communities (BHC) and other local community organizations have been successful in securing new investments for parks located in South Fresno. The following is a recent timeline of events: 

  • Grant application submitted to the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development in March for acceptance of 2015 Housing-Related  Parks Program grant funds of $1.2 million designated for Mary Ella Brown,

                       Frank H, Chandler, Highway City, and Mosqueda. in March.

  • The city approved a joint-use agreement with Fresno Unified School District and Central Unified School district- allocating $1.2 million, to open designated school grounds on weekends and provide programming.

  • On March 17, 2016 the city approved $1.8 million in new park acquisitions and improvements.

  • The city accepted the bid to build a $1.16 million park in the cultural arts district in downtown Fresno.

  • City Council approved the adoption of Almy and Roy Park which opened in August.

  • City council accepted a $335,000 bid from American Construction Engineers to build a splash play area at Vinland Park.

  • And according to Parks Director Manuel Mollinedo;  two more splash proposals at Holmes Playground and Mosqueda Center are pending.

  • CNCEF Committee members were excited with the growing momentum of the Parks4All campaign.  But, we realized Southwest Fresno was not receiving equitable resources.  We decided to change that.  

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