New Policy Makes City ParksEnjoyable For All City Residents

(FRESNO , CA July 7, 2006) - In an effort to provide greater opportunity for all Fresno residents to enjoy the City is offering a new, discounted Annual Pass to low-income Fresno residents.

To obtain the discounted passes, a family must qualify for and utilize PG&E’s family assistance program, FERA. As of July, 1, 2006, the Annual Regional Parks passes are available to Fresno residents only.

Parks Director, Randall Cooper stated, “We want to make sure that everyone has access to all of our regional parks no matter their income level and hope that the passes will encourage residents to take advantage of all the wonderful regional parks they have available to them”.

The cost for an Annual Regional Park pass is $25. The pass allows for unlimited access to all the regional parks in the City. With the new policy in place, Fresno residents who qualify for the discount can purchase an annual regional park pass for $15. PRCS will also continue allowing seniors 62 and over, persons with disabilities and anyone entering a regional park by foot or bicycle free entry to the parks.

Additional policy changes include a fee increase at Fresno’s Roeding Park from $1 to $3 per vehicle, effective July 31, 2006.

Annual passes can be purchased at Roeding and Woodward Park’s toll booths and at the City Hall Annex. To purchase an annual pass you must be a Fresno City resident and bring your California ID or Driver’s License, PG&E bill (if qualified for a discount) and cash or money order for the appropriate amount to any of the above locations. For more information on how to obtain a regional parks annual pass contact the PRCS office at (559) 621-2900.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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