After the City of Fresno rejected a proposed bus ad about the lack of parks in South Fresno last week, the controversy over the issue has only grown. The ad from the group Building Healthy Communities cited city data that shows North Fresno residents have over four times the amount of park space per capita as those who live south of Shaw Avenue.
BHC wants the city to invest more in parks in older parts of town, saying the lack of greenspace contributes to the great health disparity between the two parts of town. The group also wants the city to update its parks master plan, which currently dates to 1989.
Recently on Valley Edition we spoke with Sandra Celedon Castro with Building Health Communities about the rejected ad, and the group's goals for parks.
Editor's note: Building Health Communities is a project funded by the non-profit California Endowment. The Endowment is also a supporter of Valley Public Radio and other public radio stations across the state.