Fresno is creating new and innovative ways to defray the costs of maintaining its parks system. During continued budgetary challenges, Fresno is calling upon community pride and asking its residents to take personal responsibility of the city’s and neighborhoods’ parks.

Joined by representatives from nearly twenty community groups, Mayor Ashley Swearengin launched a new volunteer program on Tuesday to preserve, beautify and maintain parks throughout Fresno.

The City’s Adopt-A-Park program encourages local organizations, businesses, schools and other groups to support neighborhood parks with twice-monthly projects at their adopted sites.

A total of 65 facilities are in need of adoption, but Mayor Swearengin announced that 18 parks have been claimed by such groups as the Fresno Adult School, Roosevelt Youth Soccer, The Well Community Church, McLane High School, St. Joseph’s Community Center, the Central Valley Training Center, Comcast and more. 

Groups looking to adopt a park are asked to make a commitment of 6 to 12 months to their selected park. Volunteers are encouraged to devote about 6-8 hours of time per month providing basic care such as litter removal, graffiti removal, raking, weeding, pruning, light painting and flower/tree planting.

The program has received corporate support from Comcast, which produced a public service announcement and interactive web site to aide in the launch of the Adopt-A-Park program.  Interested community groups can learn more by visiting that site at or by calling 559-621-CITY.