Fresno Readies Downtown for New Season of Grizzlies Baseball and Other Events

Mayor Ashley Swearengin said today that the City is ready for the large influx of visitors to downtown Fresno that will accompany the start of the 2010 Grizzlies home baseball season at Chukchansi Park.

“Over the next several months, we’ll be welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors to the downtown area for baseball and other events,” Mayor Swearengin said. “At the City of Fresno, we’re committed to providing visitors from throughout the area with an enjoyable experience that keeps them coming back again and again.”

The City has been busy cleaning, repainting, replanting and taking other steps to ensure visitors enjoy their downtown experience. Last year, close to half a million visitors attended Fresno Grizzlies games. Hundreds of thousands more visited downtown for a variety of other events, including festivals on the Fulton Mall, Eaton Plaza, and Convention Center.

“Over 1.3 million people live within a 1 hour drive of downtown Fresno and a lot of them come to our city for the kinds of experiences and amenities they can only find here,” Mayor Swearengin said. “When they go home, we want them telling their friends and neighbors about the great time they had in downtown Fresno – whether it’s watching a game, eating at a restaurant, visiting a gallery, seeing a show, shopping or doing business.”

Downtown parking is plentiful and convenient, with more than 7,900 spaces available in surface lots, garages and curbside. The parking rate for City-owned lots and garages in the stadium area during Grizzlies games remains at $5 per vehicle this year. Downtown parking maps are available on the City website at

The City also has taken steps to enhance safety through the installation of 10 additional video policing cameras in strategic locations in the downtown area. The cameras provide full pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities and allow police personnel to quickly direct officers to provide assistance when needed. A total of 23 video policing cameras are now operating in the downtown area, with 9 more scheduled for installation within the next few weeks.