Fresno Pacific Freshman Partnered with PARCS to ‘Go Green & Clean’

Seventy-five Fresno Pacific University Freshman from the President’s Scholars program worked at Holmes (212 S. First) and Romain Neighborhood Centers (745 N. First) as part of a pre-semester community orientation program. They helped with weeding, edging, pruning, graffiti removal, raking and landscape maintenance. Many of the students were from outside of Fresno and the University had encouraged them to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the community.

The clean-up partnership was another great example of Fresno’s successful community advocacy park maintenance program which includes a traditional Adopt-A-Park program that requires groups to commit to 12 months of maintenance at their ‘adopted’ park site and a ‘Go Green & Clean’ weekly program to capture one time volunteers and those interested in supporting park sites throughout the City.

Additionally, two local companies have stepped up in a big way as Diamond Level sponsors of the City of Fresno Adopt-a-Park program. Eye-Q Vision Care Center and Walmart have both donated $5,000 to support the City’s park beautification effort.

The sponsorship will enable PARCS to provide an Adopt-a-Park starter kit to the adopters of each park. The starter kit will include rakes, brooms, gloves, graffiti remover, trash bags and clean-up tools alike to help beautify the city’s parks. Walmart’s four local store managers contributed from their store budgets to support Fresno’s effort and EyeQ has already indicated they’ll come back to the program next year.

The Adopt-a-Park program has been in operation serving the City of Fresno since February 2011. Since then, 37 of the 79 City Parks have been adopted. Along with Go Green & Clean Saturday clean-ups, crews have amassed 17,000 hours of volunteer service to the park system with an economic value of more than $250,000.

In late July Eye-Q, Walmart and many of the volunteers that have supported Fresno parks in the last month were honored during a City Council meeting. Their effort has given new excitement to the PARCS Department and will allow the City parks to thrive for years to come.

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