The City of Fresno keeps shutting down Parks earlier and earlier by turning the lights off, making them unusable after dark. Parks are some of the only places where kids can safely play outside of school and where adults can be active outdoors after work hours. Fresno received $171 million as part of the American Rescue Plan Act – some of these federal funds can be used to invest in our parks and, in turn, investing directly into our community. Take action by copying and pasting this email template, filling it out, and sending it directly to City of Fresno decision-makers! ⬇️
Automatic email link: https://tinyurl.com/KeepTheLightsOn-FresnoParks
OR copy and paste:
Subject: ID 21-924 – Keep the Lights on at Fresno Parks using ARPA Funds!
Dear Mayor Dyer and Fresno City Councilmembers,
My name is [insert your name] and I am a resident of the City of Fresno. I am a taxpayer and frequent user of [insert your neighborhood park]. I write to urge you to add additional funding to the PARCS Department using an adequate amount of the American Rescue Plan funds. As a hardworking taxpayer, the inability to use my neighborhood park after a long day of work is inconvenient, stressful, and takes away from our community's health during a global pandemic.
$50,100 is an unfair and unreasonably deficient amount of funds to allocate for a department that is critical to our wellbeing. Visitation to parks, trails, beaches, farms, and gardens has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic, yet the City of Fresno is barring their constituents access to healthy and active lifestyles by defunding its neighborhood parks.
Please use the adequate amount of funds within the $171 million received from the Federal Government to:
- Keep the lights on at all parks until 10:00 PM.
- Keep gymnasiums open and staffed until 10:00 PM.
Take care of Fresno. Please keep the lights on at our community parks.