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Fresno Parks And Arts May Get More Funding, But Voters Have To Approve It First

The City of Fresno passed a Parks Master Plan in January. The plan outlines the city’s goals to maintain and improve existing parks, and add more to the system. But over the years, the city’s parks budget has decreased. A new coalition hopes their efforts will put new life into parks, with a tax. In Central Fresno at Lafayette Park, just off of Blackstone, David Toscano watches his cousin and a friend play basketball. “We always go to park, just to play,” says Toscano , “Just to get some exercise and have some fun.” They’re only using one side of the court, but throughout the asphalt are weeds pushing up through cracks. This park is near where Toscano lives, but he says he usually goes to Clovis West High School, or Woodward Park instead. He says, this park is okay, but it could be better. “I think it should be a little wider for soccer and there’s homeless people and everything,” Toscano says. Toscano isn’t the only who thinks the parks could use some work. Mary Creasman is with the
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