AT&T Boosts City Effort to Sustain Park Programs
09/28/2010

AT&T has made a $75,000 contribution to the City of Fresno to help sustain recreation programs in local parks, Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today. The timely contribution will support the City’s efforts to keep neighborhood recreation centers open through operating partnerships with local community based organizations.

“This generous donation from AT&T will help us build capacity among potential community partners,” Mayor Swearengin said. ”It will also help to ensure the long term success of this new and unique model for delivering local services.”

The City has negotiated agreements with various community organizations to operate five neighborhood recreation centers at risk of closure because of funding shortfalls. Partners are still being sought for five other centers. Meanwhile, all seven of Fresno’s most active “flagship community centers” continue to be staffed and operated by the City’s parks department.

AT&T’s donation is intended to help the City develop the capacity of potential community partners to take over the operation of additional recreation centers. The goal of the effort is to create long-term partnerships that enhance the delivery of services to the public.

"At AT&T, we're rethinking possible in everything we do, so we're especially proud to be a part of such an innovative effort to keep community centers open and available to all,” said Eric Johnson, Executive Director of External Affairs for AT&T. “It's never been more important to work together and find solutions that can make a real difference for the future of our community.”